Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zach Davies got his MLB-leading 17th win yesterday over the Chicago Cubs.
Davies became the 10th Brewers pitcher in franchise history to win 17 or more games in a season. He also became the second-youngest to reach 17 wins, surpassed only by Lary Sorensen who won 18 games in the 1978 season.
The 10 Brewers pitchers to win 17 or more games in a season: Mike Caldwell and Teddy Higuera (both did it twice), Chris Capuano, Jim Colborn, Zach Davies, Yovani Gallardo, Jaime Navarro, Wily Peralta, Lary Sorensen, Pete Vukovich, each with one season with 17 or more wins for the Brewers.
With a 31-17 career record with the Brewers, Davies also currently holds the top spot for the team with the best winning percentage. With pitchers who have a minimum of 30 wins for the Brewers, Davies’ winning percentage of .646 tops the club. Vukovich is the only other Brewers pitcher with a career win percentage over .600; he was 40-26 (.606). Only four other Milwaukee pitchers have a career win percentage of .550 or better (again, minimum of 30 wins to qualify for the list). They are: Higuera, 94-64 (.595), Gallardo, 89-64 (.582), Juan Nieves, 32-25 (.561) and Caldwell, 102-80 (.560).
Is it possible that the Brewers will have their first 20-game winner in more than 30 years?
With his victory last night in the Brewers’ 3-0 win over the Dodgers, starting pitcher Zach Davies won his 15th game of the season. He is tied with Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw for most wins this season in the majors. With 32 games left on the schedule, Davies will probably get six more starts in 2017. He would need to win five of those six starts to reach the 20-win milestone.
The Brewers are one of eight MLB teams that have not had a 20-game winner this century. Colorado is the only team that has never had a 20-game winner, and the San Diego Padres have not had a 20-game winner since Gaylord Perry did it in 1978, the longest drought of the teams that have had a 20-game winner in their franchise history.
Here is a look at the last season each team had a 20-game winner.
1978: San Diego
1989: Kansas City
1993: San Francisco
2003: Atlanta, Chicago White Sox
2010: N.Y. Yankees, Philadelphia
2012: L.A. Angels, N.Y. Mets, Tampa Bay
2014: Cincinnati, L.A. Dodgers, St. Louis
2015: Chicago Cubs, Houston
2016: Boston, Toronto, Washington
Here’s a couple of stats to ponder for today…
- Giancarlo Stanton hit his MLB-leading 44th home run yesterday and his 11th in the month of August. With 16 days remaining in the month, Stanton has a legitimate shot at breaking the MLB record for most HRs in the month of August, held by Rudy York, who hit 18 in 1937. York also hit 17 in August of 1943 for the second most August homers in MLB history, tied with Willie Mays (in 1965) and Sammy Sosa (2001) who also hit 17 in August.
- Brewers starting pitcher Zach Davies upped his record to 14-6 this season with the win last night in the Brewers 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh. Davies recorded only two strikeouts in the win. It was the fifth time in his career that he got the win in a game with two or fewer strikeouts in the contest. He is tied for the most wins in the majors this season with two or fewer strikeouts in victory with four. Mike Caldwell holds the Brewers record for most wins with two or fewer strikeouts with 49. He is followed by Bill Wegman (30) and Jim Slaton (29). Lary Sorenson holds the Brewers’ single-season record with 11 wins in 1978 with two or fewer strikeouts.
Brewers’ pitcher Zach Davies has a team-leading 13 wins with five losses. He also currently carries a 7-0 record in road games.
Whether or not Davies ends the season undefeated in road games is still weeks away, but it’s interesting to note that in MLB history there have been only nine pitchers who finished the season at least a 7-0 record in road games. Topping the list is Greg Maddux who went 13-0 in away games in 1995.
Here are the nine pitchers with undefeated road records of 7-0 or better in a season in the majors.
Diasuke Matsuzaka, 2008, 9-0
Jorge Sosa, 2005, 9-0
Greg Maddux, 1995, 13-0
Jimmy Key, 1994, 10-0
Steve Trachsel, 1994, 8-0
Bob Moore, 1969, 7-0
Eddie Yuhas, 1952, 9-0
Larry Jansen, 1947, 9-0
Tom Zachary, 1929, 9-0
The best undefeated season on the road for any Brewers’ pitcher is 3-0. Seven different Milwaukee hurlers went 3-0 in a season; the last to go 3-0 on the road in a season was Jeremy Jeffress in 2015.
Brewers’ pitcher Zach Davies got the win last night in the team’s 8-0 win over Washington. Davies pitched 7.2 innings and obviously gave up no runs/earned runs in the contest.
It was the third game this season (and second consecutive game) that Davies pitched seven or more innings in a game without giving up an earned run. He became the third Brewers pitcher this year to have three or more games with seven or more innings pitched and no earned runs; Chase Anderson has four such games this season and Jimmy Nelson has three. It is the first time since 2011 that three Brewers pitchers have three or more games with seven innings pitched and no earned runs in a game. That 2011 team had four pitchers that reached these numbers: Yovani Galardo (five games), Chris Narveson (4), Shaun Marcum (4) and Randy Wolf (3).
The Brewers record for most games pitched with seven or more innings pitched and no earned runs surrendered in a season is six. That mark is held by eight different pitchers: Ben Sheets (2004), Jeff D’Amico (2000), Cal Eldred (1992), Chris Bosio (1989), Mike Caldwell (1978), Jim Slaton (1974), Jim Colborn (1973) and Marty Pattin (1971).
Jim Slaton holds the Brewers record for most career games pitched with seven or more innings pitched and no earned runs with 27. He is followed by Yovani Gallardo with 23. Davies became the 25th pitcher in team history to have six career games with seven or more innings pitched and no earned runs.