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More on Cardinals stinginess streaks


Folks seemed to enjoy the last look at fewest runs allowed by the St. Louis Cardinals pitchers over three games, so here are the numbers over five through nine games, covering the last fifty years.

Of course, the current run is included, with two runs yielded over the last five games. It is the fourth such streak over the last half-century and ties the best single-season record. Prior to 2009, the most recent stretch was in 1973.

It is not the record however, as the club spun five consecutive shutouts over the end of the 1962 season and into the start of 1963. (Yes, streaks are allowed to run over season boundaries.)

Game Date Opponent StL R Opp R StL Winning pitcher IP H R ER BB SO
39 5/19/2009 vs Chicago Cubs 3 0 W Piniero 9 3 0 0 0 5
40 5/20/2009 vs Chicago Cubs 2 1 W Carpenter 5 3 0 0 2 4
41 5/21/2009 vs Chicago Cubs 3 1 W Wainwright 8 2/3 5 1 1 1 7
42 5/22/2009 vs Kansas City Royals 5 0 W Wellemeyer 6 4 0 0 3 3
43 5/23/2009 vs Kansas City Royals 5 0 W Lohse 8 4 0 0 0 6
158 9/26/1973 vs Chicago Cubs 1 0 W Wise 9 5 0 0 0 6
159 9/27/1973 vs Chicago Cubs 2 0 W Cleveland 9 1 0 0 0 3
160 9/28/1973 vs Philadelphia Phillies 3 0 W Segui (RP) 5 2 0 0 3 2
Thompson, M.(SP-ND) 4 0 0 0 4 3
161 9/29/1973 vs Philadelphia Phillies 7 1 W Gibson 6 5 1 1 3 2
162 9/30/1973 vs Philadelphia Phillies 3 1 W Wise (RP) 4 0 0 0 1 4
Foster, A. (SP-ND) 4 1/3 4 1 1 2 3
62 6/15/1968 vs Cincinnati Reds 2 0 W Gibson 9 4 0 0 0 13
63 6/16/1968 vs Cincinnati Reds 4 2 W Washburn 7 1/3 9 2 2 4 3
64 6/18/1968 vs Chicago Cubs 1 0 W Briles 9 8 0 0 0 3
65 6/19/1968 vs Chicago Cubs 4 0 W Carlton 9 1 0 0 0 9
66 6/20/1968 vs Chicago Cubs 1 0 W Gibson 9 5 0 0 1 6
Over 2 Years
161 9/28/1962 at Los Angeles Dodgers 3 2 W Jackson, L. 10 9 2 1 2 2
162 9/29/1962 at Los Angeles Dodgers 2 0 W Broglio 9 2 0 0 3 9
163 9/30/1962 at Los Angeles Dodgers 1 0 W Simmons 9 5 0 0 1 4
1 4/9/1963 at New York Mets 7 0 W Broglio 9 2 0 0 2 8
2 4/10/1963 at New York Mets 4 0 W Washburn 9 4 0 0 1 5
3 4/13/1963 vs Philadelphia Phillies 7 0 W Simmons 9 5 0 0 2 4

That same 1962-1963 stretch can also be extended to two runs over six games. The current Cards would need another shutout to close the Royals series on Sunday to match that as the lowest opponent scoring six-game stretch over the last 50 years.

As long as we’re looking ahead, here are all the best six-game stretches, with the record low in a single season at five runs. That occurred five times in total, three during a single season, most recently in 1982. Beating that remains possible Sunday.

Game Date Opponent StL R Opp R StL Winning pitcher IP H R ER BB SO
143 9/14/1982 at Philadelphia Phillies 2 0 W Stuper 7 1/3 4 0 0 3 3
144 9/15/1982 at Philadelphia Phillies 8 0 W Andujar 9 3 0 0 1 4
146 9/17/1982 at New York Mets 7 1 W Sutter (RP) 3 0 0 0 0 2
Rasmussen (SP-ND) 7 4 2 2 0 4
145 9/17/1982 at New York Mets 3 2 W Mura 5 2/3 6 1 1 5 3
147 9/18/1982 at New York Mets 2 0 W Forsch 7 1/3 5 0 0 3 6
148 9/18/1982 at New York Mets 6 2 W Lahti (RP) 6 5 1 1 0 6
Kaat (SP-ND) 3 5 1 1 0 1
149 9/19/1982 at New York Mets 3 1 W Stuper 6 1/3 7 1 1 2 2
150 9/20/1982 vs Philadelphia Phillies 4 1 W Andujar 6 2/3 7 1 1 3 6
62 6/15/1968 vs Cincinnati Reds 2 0 W Gibson 9 4 0 0 0 13
63 6/16/1968 vs Cincinnati Reds 4 2 W Washburn 7 1/3 9 2 2 4 3
64 6/18/1968 vs Chicago Cubs 1 0 W Briles 9 8 0 0 0 3
65 6/19/1968 vs Chicago Cubs 4 0 W Carlton 9 1 0 0 0 9
66 6/20/1968 vs Chicago Cubs 1 0 W Gibson 9 5 0 0 1 6
67 6/21/1968 vs Atlanta Braves 4 3 W Granger 2 1 0 0 0 0
Jaster (SP-ND) 6 2/3 5 2 1 1 3
68 6/22/1968 vs Atlanta Braves 6 1 W Washburn 9 7 1 1 0 4
144 9/8/1963 at Pittsburgh Pirates 3 2 W Broglio 7 8 2 2 1 1
145 9/9/1963 vs Chicago Cubs 6 0 W Simmons 9 5 0 0 2 3
146 9/10/1963 vs Chicago Cubs 8 0 W Gibson 9 6 0 0 3 5
147 9/11/1963 vs Chicago Cubs 4 0 W Sadecki 5 2/3 4 0 0 2 3
148 9/12/1963 vs Chicago Cubs 8 3 W Broglio 9 8 3 3 0 7
149 9/13/1963 vs Milwaukee Braves 7 0 W Simmons 9 5 0 0 3 7
150 9/14/1963 vs Milwaukee Braves 3 2 W Gibson 8 5 2 1 5 7
152 9/15/1963 vs Milwaukee Braves 5 0 W Burdette 9 6 2 2 0 5
151 9/15/1963 vs Milwaukee Braves 3 2 W Sadecki 9 5 0 0 4 6
Over 2 Years
158 9/28/1966 vs Los Angeles Dodgers 2 0 W Jaster 9 4 0 0 2 4
159 9/29/1966 vs Los Angeles Dodgers 1 2 L Jackson, A. 6 8 2 2 1 1
160 9/30/1966 vs Chicago Cubs 2 0 W Hughes 9 3 0 0 1 8
161 10/1/1966 vs Chicago Cubs 4 3 W Gibson 8 1/3 8 3 3 5 5
162 10/2/1966 vs Chicago Cubs 2 0 W Cosman 9 2 0 0 2 5
1 4/11/1967 vs San Francisco Giants 6 0 W Gibson 9 5 0 0 0 13
161 9/28/1962 at Los Angeles Dodgers 3 2 W Jackson, L. 10 9 2 1 2 2
162 9/29/1962 at Los Angeles Dodgers 2 0 W Broglio 9 2 0 0 3 9
163 9/30/1962 at Los Angeles Dodgers 1 0 W Simmons 9 5 0 0 1 4
1 4/9/1963 at New York Mets 7 0 W Broglio 9 2 0 0 2 8
2 4/10/1963 at New York Mets 4 0 W Washburn 9 4 0 0 1 5
3 4/13/1963 vs Philadelphia Phillies 7 0 W Simmons 9 5 0 0 2 4

Though it is clearly getting ahead of myself, the above data also covers the best seven-game period at six runs, again last accomplished in 1982. Over eight games, we see a best of seven runs scored in 1982 and for nine games, the 1962 Cards yielded just nine runs.

I won’t make any suggestions or predictions this time other than to note that Sunday’s starter, Joel Pineiro (pictured above), is the man who began the run, so he is quite capable.


Special thanks: Without researcher Tom Orf, I wouldn’t have been able to bring this to you.

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