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User currently offlineSilverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1517 times:

Has there ever been a game where one pitcher threw 27 consecutive strikes?

And to the other extreme what is the longet game inning or time
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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1507 times:

Nolan Ryan comes to mind, but I'm not 100% certain. My knowledge of Major Leagure Baseball is not what it used to be anymore. I don't know about the longest inning either. Perhaps a visit to MLB.com might answer your questions. Damn I'm getting old...I used to know this stuff too.
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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4280 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1488 times:

Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 1):
Nolan Ryan comes to mind

Nolan Ryan is the greatest strikeout pitcher of all time, but I also think he walked more people than any other pitcher in MLB history. Back when he was with the Angels he had two seasons when he had more than 300 strikeouts and 200 walks.

I believe the longest regulation 9-inning game in the AL is 4 hours 57 minutes between the Red Sox and Yankees a couple years ago.

There have been some innings that have lasted around an hour.

My best guess for the most consecutive strikes would be someone like Greg Maddux. He keeps his pitch count low and makes sure his pitches are near the strike zone.

Texan



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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

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Quoting Silverfox (Thread starter):
Has there ever been a game where one pitcher threw 27 consecutive strikes?

I doubt they keep that sort of record, but Tom Seaver struck out ten Padres in a row back on April 22, 1970.


User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10102 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1473 times:
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Quoting Texan (Reply 2):
I believe the longest regulation 9-inning game in the AL is 4 hours 57 minutes between the Red Sox and Yankees a couple years ago.

That was 4 hours and 45 minutes, in August of '06.

Funny enough, the 2nd longest 9-inning game was played just recently, also between the Red Sox and Yankees. Clocked in at 4 hours and 43 minutes.

I think the Red Sox and Yankees also have the 2nd longest postseason game (longest at the time), in '04, at 5 hours and 49 minutes.



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User currently offlineHPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 1460 times:

Quoting Silverfox (Thread starter):
Has there ever been a game where one pitcher threw 27 consecutive strikes?

I think the most strikeouts thrown in one game is around 22 or 23, I don't think anyone has ever thrown 27 in a row.

Quoting Silverfox (Thread starter):
And to the other extreme what is the longet game inning or time

I think there have been some 23 or 24 inning games before. And the odds are pretty good the Astros were involved. I don't have the official stats to back this up, but I swear the Astros have been involved in more games that went 4+ extra innings than any other team - it seems like they are involved in at least 2 games a year. About every other season they go at least 18 innings in one game. Astros love putting in overtime for their fans.


User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

Quoting HPLASOps (Reply 5):
I think the most strikeouts thrown in one game is around 22 or 23, I don't think anyone has ever thrown 27 in a row.

The most strikeouts in nine-innings is 20, which has happened four times:

Roger Clemens, Boston Red Sox vs Seattle Mariners, April 29, 1986
Roger Clemens, Boston Red Sox vs Detroit Tigers, Sept 18, 1996
Kerry Wood, Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros, May 6, 1998
Randy Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks vs Cincinnati Reds, May 8, 2001 (this game went 11 innings, but Johnson recorded all of his 20 strikeouts in the first 9 innings)

Tom Cheney had a 21-strikeout, 16 inning (!) game in 1962

Quoting Silverfox (Thread starter):
Has there ever been a game where one pitcher threw 27 consecutive strikes?

Not that I'm aware of....



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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1598 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 4):
That was 4 hours and 45 minutes, in August of '06.

Not that it really matters, because rain delays aren't factored into game time, but when I was 7, my dad took me to my first Phillies game. It was Phillies-Braves. It was also the night Philadelphia got hammered by the remnants of Hurricane Andrew. The rain delay itself was easily 3 hours (my dad and I agree on this). The game was delayed from the start, so a 7:35 game didn't start until at least 10:30. I remember getting home, it was after 2 AM, and my mother was pissed to say the least. I also think there might have been another shorter rain delay or two once the game got going, but neither my dad or I are sure about this.

Marc


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26601 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1398 times:

Quoting Silverfox (Thread starter):
Has there ever been a game where one pitcher threw 27 consecutive strikes?

Did you mean 27 consecutive strikeouts? If so, no.

Quoting Texan (Reply 2):

Nolan Ryan is the greatest strikeout pitcher of all time, but I also think he walked more people than any other pitcher in MLB history. Back when he was with the Angels he had two seasons when he had more than 300 strikeouts and 200 walks

Correct. He leads Steve Carlton by almost 1000. Then again, both of those guys are among the best ever.

Quoting Texan (Reply 2):
I believe the longest regulation 9-inning game in the AL is 4 hours 57 minutes between the Red Sox and Yankees a couple years ago.

There was a chance that the Angels-Devil Rays game a couple days ago was going to threaten.

Quoting HPLASOps (Reply 5):

I think the most strikeouts thrown in one game is around 22 or 23

20, as pointed out above.



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User currently offlineHuskyAviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 1152 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1390 times:

Quoting Texan (Reply 2):
Nolan Ryan is the greatest strikeout pitcher of all time, but I also think he walked more people than any other pitcher in MLB history. Back when he was with the Angels he had two seasons when he had more than 300 strikeouts and 200 walks.

 checkmark  I think Nolan Ryan would have been the greatest pitcher of all time had he not pitched for some mediocre teams throughout his career.


User currently offlineFreshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 1378 times:

Quoting HuskyAviation (Reply 9):
I think Nolan Ryan would have been the greatest pitcher of all time had he not pitched for some mediocre teams throughout his career.

Are you sure your not talking about Kerry Wood?


User currently offlineHuskyAviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 1152 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1375 times:

Quoting Freshlove1 (Reply 10):
Are you sure your not talking about Kerry Wood?

No I'm pretty sure who I'm talking about.  Silly Ryan's W-L record of 324-292 is pretty misleading, if he had been with better teams he could have won 400 games easily, which would put him in even loftier pitching company. The fact that he won 20 games just twice in his career is pretty astounding when you look at the numbers. I chose a few years:

1972: Ryan was 19-16, 2.28 ERA, 329 Ks. The Angels were 75-80.
1973: Ryan was 21-16, 2.87 ERA, 383 Ks. The Angels were 79-83.
1974: Ryan was 22-16, 2.89 ERA, 367 Ks. The Angels were 68-94.
1976: Ryan was 17-18, 3.36 ERA, 327 Ks. The Angels were 76-86.
1977: Ryan was 19-16, 2.77 ERA, 341 Ks. The Angels were 74-88.
1982: Ryan was 16-12, 3.16 ERA, 245 Ks. The Astros were 77-85.
1984: Ryan was 12-11, 3.04 ERA, 197 Ks. The Astros were 80-82.
1987: Ryan was 8-16, 2.76 ERA, 270 Ks. The Astros were 76-86.


User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1365 times:

Quoting Silverfox (Thread starter):
And to the other extreme what is the longet game inning or time

The longest game in Major League Baseball history was played on May 9th, 1984, between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers. The game was 25 innings and eight hours and nine minutes long. The longest playoff game in MLB history was played on October 9th, 2005 between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros, lasting 18 innings and five hours and fifty minutes.

[Edited 2007-09-20 07:10:44]


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26601 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1341 times:

Quoting HuskyAviation (Reply 9):
I think Nolan Ryan would have been the greatest pitcher of all time had he not pitched for some mediocre teams throughout his career.

I don't know if you can say that. I don't know if one can say anyone was the best pitcher ever. Even Ryan had his flaws, particularly giving up a lot of walks. It is amazing, however, that as a fastball, strikeout pitcher he never gave up more than 20 home runs in a year and also that he only had one real season when his ERA was over 4.

Quoting Freshlove1 (Reply 10):

Are you sure your not talking about Kerry Wood?

You are kidding, right?



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User currently offlineHuskyAviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 1152 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1340 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 13):
I don't know if you can say that. I don't know if one can say anyone was the best pitcher ever.

It's always going to be a subjective kind of thing--I just think statistically, and especially in terms of wins and losses, Ryan never had the benefit of playing for anybody that was even remotely an annual contender. He only made the postseason in 1969 (he was only a spot starter then, and didn't start in the postseason), 79, 80, 81, and 86. There aren't many pitchers who have won 324 games pitching for crap teams for that long.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26601 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1339 times:

Quoting HuskyAviation (Reply 14):
He only made the postseason in 1969 (he was only a spot starter then, and didn't start in the postseason), 79, 80, 81, and 86.



Quoting HuskyAviation (Reply 14):
There aren't many pitchers who have won 324 games pitching for crap teams for that long.

Well, Sutton pitched in only 5 post seasons as well and also won 324 games. Seaver only mad it to 3 post seasons and won 311 with an excellent winning percentage.



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User currently offlineHuskyAviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 1152 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1334 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 15):
Well, Sutton pitched in only 5 post seasons as well and also won 324 games. Seaver only mad it to 3 post seasons and won 311 with an excellent winning percentage.

The Dodgers between 1966-1980 won 90+ games 7 times, and were consistent contenders--they usually finished 2nd in the NL West when they didn't win it outright. I think he definitely had the benefit of a much better team than Ryan. Seaver is definitely a good case, the Mets during the 70s were so-so.


User currently offlineBhill From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 992 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1325 times:

Yep, quite a few actually...: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_game


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User currently offlineBhill From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 992 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1322 times:

Addendum...A minimal "perfect game" would be a game in which the pitcher threw 27 pitches and each batter was out on that first pitch. So each batter would swing on the first pitch and fly out or get tagged out while running to first base. This would be the least amount of work for the pitcher. This sort of "perfect game" has never occurred.


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26601 posts, RR: 75
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1316 times:

Quoting Bhill (Reply 17):
Yep, quite a few actually...:

The question was about strikeouts, not about perfect games.



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User currently offlineBhill From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 992 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

N1120A..It's pretty obvious what the author was inferring in the post. But bring from France, I suspect you may have missed his intent.

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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26601 posts, RR: 75
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1286 times:

Quoting Bhill (Reply 20):
N1120A..It's pretty obvious what the author was inferring in the post. But bring from France, I suspect you may have missed his intent.

You don't read the forums much, do you?



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