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Quality starts: And then, there was Jaime

Two of three St. Louis Cardinals starters working on quality start streaks saw them end over the weekend

Jaime Garcia (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Coming into this past weekend, seven major league starting pitchers were working to extend their season-opening streaks of quality starts* of seven games or more. Three of the seven were from just one of the 30 teams, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Now the list is down to five, and just one is a Cardinal.

After taking losses in subpar outings in Cincinnati on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, Adam Wainwright and Brad Penny ended their 2010 quality runs at seven each. Only Friday night winner Jaime Garcia carries the Cardinals quality flag forward into this week.

The Cardinals certainly have nothing to be embarrassed about. Even after the two non-quality starts over the weekend, the starting staff has 30 in 38 games, the most in MLB.

Wainwright and Penny had been at this even longer. Going back to include the end of last season, Wainwright’s quality start streak ended at 12, while Penny’s was stopped at nine.

Researcher Tom Orf went back into the annals of baseball and could find no other staff since at least 1920 (excluding the years of 1940-51) to match the 2010 Cardinals with three pitchers compiling season-opening quality start streaks of at least seven games.

* A quality start is defined as an outing of six innings or more while allowing three or fewer runs.

Quality start streak to begin season, seven games or more, MLB, 1920-present (excluding 1940-51)

Strk Start End Tm G W L GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Brad Penny 4/8/2010 5/11/2010 STL 7 3 3 7 0 0 0 0 47.2 45 14 9 8 27 2 1.70
Adam Wainwright 4/7/2010 5/9/2010 STL 7 5 1 7 2 0 0 0 52 35 13 12 12 43 1 2.08
Jaime Garcia 4/10/2010 current STL 7 4 2 7 0 0 0 0 44.1 31 9 7 16 36 1 1.42
Tim Lincecum 4/5/2010 current SFG 8 5 0 8 0 0 0 0 56.1 38 11 11 15 69 3 1.76
Roy Oswalt 4/5/2010 current HOU 8 2 5 8 0 0 0 0 55 46 17 16 13 52 6 2.62
C.J. Wilson 4/8/2010 current TEX 7 3 1 7 2 0 0 0 48.2 35 10 8 18 34 0 1.48
Ubaldo Jimenez 4/5/2010 current COL 8 7 1 8 1 1 0 0 56.1 35 7 7 21 54 1 1.12
Chad Billingsley 4/8/2009 5/19/2009 LAD 9 6 1 9 0 0 0 0 61 41 18 17 29 63 1 2.51
Dan Haren 4/7/2009 5/12/2009 ARI 8 3 4 8 1 0 0 0 56 39 13 13 9 56 4 2.09
John Lackey 5/14/2008 6/29/2008 LAA 9 6 1 9 1 0 0 0 68.2 48 13 11 13 54 6 1.44
Ervin Santana 4/3/2008 5/5/2008 LAA 7 6 0 7 1 1 0 0 49 34 12 11 9 38 3 2.02
Cliff Lee 4/6/2008 5/12/2008 CLE 7 6 0 7 1 1 0 0 53.2 32 5 4 4 44 1 0.67
Jamie Moyer 4/6/2007 5/9/2007 PHI 7 4 2 7 0 0 0 0 48 37 17 16 15 31 3 3.00
Brad Penny 4/6/2007 5/12/2007 LAD 8 5 0 8 0 0 0 0 51.2 42 9 8 18 33 0 1.39
Tim Hudson 4/4/2007 5/15/2007 ATL 9 5 1 9 0 0 0 0 66 48 13 13 13 43 2 1.77
Jered Weaver 5/27/2006 8/3/2006 LAA 9 7 0 9 0 0 0 0 59.2 41 13 12 14 47 2 1.81
Mike Mussina 4/4/2006 5/31/2006 NYY 12 7 1 12 1 0 0 0 81.2 65 25 22 13 70 9 2.42
Chris Capuano 4/4/2006 5/26/2006 MIL 11 5 3 11 1 1 0 0 75 64 27 24 16 64 6 2.88
Brandon Webb 4/3/2006 5/10/2006 ARI 8 6 0 8 0 0 0 0 58.2 59 16 15 6 36 3 2.30
Mark Redman 4/7/2005 5/20/2005 PIT 9 3 3 9 2 1 0 0 61.2 48 18 17 16 32 2 2.48
Roger Clemens 4/8/2005 5/19/2005 HOU 9 3 2 9 0 0 0 0 63 39 10 9 18 63 2 1.29
A.J. Burnett 4/7/2005 5/9/2005 FLA 7 3 3 7 2 0 0 0 50 43 17 15 14 52 4 2.70
Kevin Millwood 4/5/2004 5/11/2004 PHI 7 4 2 7 0 0 0 0 45.2 49 21 18 9 32 5 3.55
Runelvys Hernandez 3/31/2003 5/9/2003 KCR 8 4 2 8 0 0 0 0 53 36 16 12 20 28 4 2.04
Mark Prior 4/3/2003 5/6/2003 CHC 7 4 1 7 1 1 0 0 49 35 13 9 12 52 0 1.65
Randy Johnson 4/1/2002 5/6/2002 ARI 7 6 1 7 2 1 0 0 53 35 11 9 11 69 3 1.53
Tom Glavine 4/1/2002 5/1/2002 ATL 7 5 1 7 0 0 0 0 48.1 34 8 5 12 35 2 0.93
Eric Milton 4/5/2001 5/13/2001 MIN 8 5 2 8 1 1 0 0 54.1 53 16 15 12 32 4 2.48
Brad Radke 4/3/2001 5/6/2001 MIN 7 6 0 7 2 0 0 0 56.2 51 14 14 4 30 4 2.22
Wade Miller 4/5/2001 5/9/2001 HOU 7 5 1 7 1 0 0 0 51.2 35 18 15 17 52 5 2.61
Pedro Martinez 4/2/2001 6/4/2001 BOS 12 7 1 12 1 0 0 0 87 59 17 16 19 131 3 1.66
Pedro Martinez 4/4/2000 6/20/2000 BOS 13 9 3 13 3 2 0 0 99.1 56 14 13 19 130 6 1.18
Randy Johnson 4/4/2000 5/16/2000 ARI 9 7 1 9 5 2 0 0 74.1 44 12 8 14 100 5 0.97
Tom Glavine 4/4/2000 5/5/2000 ATL 7 5 0 7 1 1 0 0 52 31 10 10 14 38 1 1.73
Pedro Martinez 4/5/1999 6/4/1999 BOS 12 11 1 12 2 0 0 0 89.2 70 21 19 18 133 3 1.91
Curt Schilling 3/31/1998 5/23/1998 PHI 11 5 5 11 4 1 0 0 85.2 57 22 19 20 117 6 2.00
Andy Ashby 4/2/1998 5/14/1998 SDP 9 5 2 9 1 1 0 0 64.2 60 18 16 13 41 3 2.23
Pedro Martinez 4/15/1997 5/23/1997 MON 8 8 0 8 3 1 0 0 61.1 39 11 8 11 68 3 1.17
Andy Ashby 4/2/1997 5/11/1997 SDP 8 2 2 8 1 0 0 0 62.1 46 20 16 16 38 3 2.31
Andy Pettitte 4/2/1997 5/8/1997 NYY 8 6 1 8 2 0 0 0 58 51 17 15 18 36 3 2.33
Tom Glavine 4/3/1997 5/3/1997 ATL 7 4 1 7 1 1 0 0 52 40 10 9 14 28 1 1.56
Curt Schilling 5/14/1996 6/19/1996 PHI 8 2 1 8 0 0 0 0 52 38 16 15 20 46 7 2.60
Ismael Valdez 4/2/1996 5/21/1996 LAD 10 5 2 10 0 0 0 0 68.2 60 24 19 11 58 6 2.49
Joey Hamilton 5/24/1994 7/5/1994 SDP 9 5 3 9 1 1 0 0 65 55 15 14 17 34 2 1.94
Greg Maddux 4/4/1994 6/22/1994 ATL 16 10 3 16 5 2 0 0 127.1 97 28 23 22 100 2 1.63
Orel Hershiser 4/5/1994 5/24/1994 LAD 10 3 1 10 0 0 0 0 68.1 67 22 19 14 44 4 2.50
Wilson Alvarez 4/6/1994 5/15/1994 CHW 8 7 0 8 1 0 0 0 56.2 50 19 15 22 32 6 2.38
Ricky Bones 4/8/1994 5/12/1994 MIL 7 3 2 7 2 1 0 0 55.2 39 12 9 17 13 4 1.46
Erik Hanson 4/9/1993 5/29/1993 SEA 11 5 2 11 2 0 0 0 82.2 75 19 18 17 72 4 1.96
Jimmy Key 4/5/1993 5/7/1993 NYY 7 3 0 7 1 1 0 0 53.2 35 8 8 6 36 4 1.34
Doug Drabek 4/5/1993 5/6/1993 HOU 7 3 3 7 3 1 0 0 56 43 15 14 9 37 1 2.25
Kevin Appier 4/6/1992 6/5/1992 KCR 12 5 3 12 1 0 0 0 88.1 64 22 21 27 59 3 2.14
Juan Guzman 4/9/1992 5/10/1992 TOR 7 5 0 7 1 0 0 0 50.1 31 9 9 21 52 1 1.61
Bill Swift 4/6/1992 5/7/1992 SFG 7 6 0 7 3 2 0 0 55.2 42 9 8 12 24 1 1.29
Scott Kamieniecki 6/18/1991 7/23/1991 NYY 7 4 2 7 0 0 0 0 47 40 14 14 17 28 6 2.68
Dennis Rasmussen 5/25/1991 7/13/1991 SDP 10 3 5 10 1 1 0 0 71.1 65 23 18 24 36 5 2.27
Scott Erickson 4/11/1991 5/17/1991 MIN 8 6 2 8 3 2 0 0 62.1 47 12 10 21 33 2 1.44
Zane Smith 4/10/1991 5/14/1991 PIT 7 5 1 7 1 1 0 0 50.1 48 13 12 6 31 2 2.15
Roger Clemens 4/8/1991 5/13/1991 BOS 7 6 0 7 2 1 0 0 57 31 6 6 10 58 0 0.95
Tom Candiotti 4/9/1991 5/12/1991 CLE 7 4 1 7 2 0 0 0 53 32 8 6 16 44 1 1.02
Dwight Gooden 4/3/1989 6/2/1989 NYM 12 6 2 12 0 0 0 0 87.1 64 25 22 36 74 4 2.27
Ken Hill 4/20/1989 5/19/1989 STL 7 2 2 7 1 1 0 0 51.2 44 13 12 17 32 0 2.09
Kirk McCaskill 4/7/1989 5/16/1989 CAL 8 5 1 8 1 1 0 0 59.2 43 7 7 18 27 1 1.06
John Smiley 4/6/1989 5/12/1989 PIT 7 4 1 7 2 1 0 0 54 43 17 13 10 30 4 2.17
Pascual Perez 4/6/1988 7/24/1988 MON 14 7 4 14 2 1 0 0 104.1 69 23 20 23 75 6 1.73
Bob Knepper 4/6/1988 6/6/1988 HOU 10 7 1 10 1 1 0 0 68.1 62 19 12 20 41 5 1.58
Ron Darling 4/6/1988 6/4/1988 NYM 12 6 3 12 3 2 0 0 93 66 24 23 23 60 6 2.23
Dave LaPoint 4/7/1988 5/19/1988 CHW 9 4 2 9 1 1 0 0 66 47 16 12 16 35 4 1.64
Bob Walk 4/9/1988 5/11/1988 PIT 7 4 1 7 0 0 0 0 47.2 36 8 7 13 23 0 1.32
Jay Tibbs 4/10/1986 5/15/1986 MON 8 3 0 8 2 2 0 0 56 37 13 10 25 32 1 1.61
Dwight Gooden 4/9/1985 6/30/1985 NYM 17 11 3 17 7 3 0 0 136.1 99 26 25 35 134 8 1.65
Rick Reuschel 5/21/1985 6/26/1985 PIT 8 4 1 8 1 0 0 0 54.2 45 14 14 13 35 1 2.30
Bryn Smith 4/12/1985 5/15/1985 MON 7 5 1 7 1 1 0 0 52.2 45 12 12 5 30 3 2.05
Joe Niekro 4/10/1985 5/10/1985 HOU 7 2 3 7 0 0 0 0 46.2 35 16 12 29 24 1 2.31
Phil Niekro 4/4/1984 5/24/1984 NYY 10 7 2 10 2 1 0 0 75 68 15 10 21 52 1 1.20
John Denny 4/4/1984 5/19/1984 PHI 8 4 3 8 2 0 0 0 60 49 20 11 7 34 5 1.65
Bill Laskey 4/6/1984 5/6/1984 SFG 7 1 3 7 0 0 0 0 47 41 13 10 13 15 2 1.91
Atlee Hammaker 4/13/1983 6/7/1983 SFG 11 6 3 11 4 2 0 0 83 61 21 13 12 60 1 1.41
Joe Price 4/11/1983 6/3/1983 CIN 8 4 2 8 3 0 0 0 63.1 40 16 16 17 35 3 2.27
Dave Stieb 4/5/1983 5/21/1983 TOR 10 8 2 10 6 2 0 0 86.1 62 15 10 32 64 1 1.04
Len Barker 4/11/1982 5/13/1982 CLE 7 4 1 7 1 0 0 0 52 36 17 13 29 35 1 2.25
Doyle Alexander 4/11/1981 5/27/1981 SFG 10 5 3 10 0 0 0 0 68.1 59 15 14 24 36 3 1.84
Rick Rhoden 4/12/1981 5/20/1981 PIT 7 5 0 7 1 1 0 0 48 43 12 12 17 31 2 2.25
Fernando Valenzue 4/9/1981 5/14/1981 LAD 8 8 0 8 7 5 0 0 72 43 4 4 17 68 2 0.50
Steve Carlton 4/11/1980 5/14/1980 PHI 8 6 2 8 3 1 0 0 62 39 15 14 22 52 4 2.03
Ron Guidry 4/8/1978 6/22/1978 NYY 15 12 0 15 6 2 0 0 120 87 23 20 34 112 3 1.50
Gaylord Perry 4/7/1978 5/15/1978 SDP 7 2 1 7 1 0 0 0 54.1 43 16 12 14 32 0 1.99
Ross Grimsley 4/9/1978 5/12/1978 MON 7 6 1 7 5 1 0 0 58.1 50 17 12 19 22 4 1.85
John Candelaria 4/16/1977 6/6/1977 PIT 10 7 1 10 1 1 0 0 70.2 59 15 13 14 39 5 1.66
Ed Figueroa 4/9/1977 5/19/1977 NYY 8 5 2 8 6 1 0 0 66.1 48 14 9 18 28 2 1.22
Joe McIntosh 4/12/1975 5/21/1975 SDP 8 5 2 8 3 1 0 0 63.2 47 13 10 12 29 2 1.41
Tom Seaver 4/8/1975 5/16/1975 NYM 8 5 3 8 5 0 0 0 64 53 15 14 16 47 2 1.97
Ken Holtzman 4/9/1975 5/10/1975 OAK 8 1 4 8 3 0 0 0 61.1 53 21 17 22 24 1 2.49
Larry Dierker 4/9/1974 5/14/1974 HOU 8 2 3 8 1 0 0 0 55.2 45 16 13 21 31 3 2.10
Jim Lonborg 4/7/1974 5/8/1974 PHI 7 3 2 7 3 1 0 0 57.2 57 16 14 14 26 4 2.18
Ross Grimsley 4/7/1974 5/7/1974 BAL 7 4 2 7 3 0 0 0 55.1 44 18 15 13 32 6 2.44
Steve Rogers 7/18/1973 9/25/1973 MON 16 9 5 16 7 3 0 0 128.2 87 24 20 45 59 5 1.40
Ken Holtzman 4/8/1973 5/22/1973 OAK 11 9 2 11 9 1 0 0 96.2 63 20 14 19 55 6 1.30
Bill Singer 4/10/1973 5/18/1973 CAL 9 7 1 9 6 1 0 0 80.2 52 17 15 27 80 1 1.67
Jim Willoughby 8/6/1972 9/9/1972 SFG 7 5 2 7 5 0 0 0 58 44 13 12 7 26 5 1.86
Jim Kaat 4/29/1972 5/28/1972 MIN 7 6 1 7 2 0 0 0 57 39 10 7 9 31 4 1.11
Claude Osteen 4/20/1972 6/21/1972 LAD 12 7 4 12 3 1 0 0 94.2 83 20 19 25 35 7 1.81
Don Sutton 4/15/1972 5/18/1972 LAD 7 5 0 7 3 2 0 0 60.2 25 6 6 15 43 2 0.89
Dock Ellis 4/6/1971 6/11/1971 PIT 13 9 3 13 5 1 0 0 98.2 78 26 22 20 69 4 2.01
Larry Dierker 4/5/1971 5/6/1971 HOU 7 5 0 7 4 1 0 0 59 44 10 9 12 36 1 1.37
Gary Gentry 4/11/1970 5/18/1970 NYM 8 4 1 8 1 1 0 0 60 37 18 13 22 52 4 1.95
Claude Osteen 4/7/1970 5/8/1970 LAD 7 3 3 7 2 1 0 0 55.1 47 14 12 12 26 2 1.95
Sam McDowell 4/7/1970 5/6/1970 CLE 7 3 3 7 4 0 0 0 56 38 18 15 32 65 2 2.41
Bob Gibson 4/10/1968 7/30/1968 STL 22 15 5 22 18 8 0 0 196.2 121 26 21 37 153 5 0.96
Bob Veale 4/11/1968 5/25/1968 PIT 9 2 4 9 3 1 0 0 73 54 15 13 25 65 5 1.60
Steve Barber 6/2/1968 7/16/1968 NYY 9 3 3 9 3 1 0 0 67 59 25 14 33 44 2 1.88
Jerry Koosman 4/11/1968 6/19/1968 NYM 14 11 2 14 8 3 0 0 113.1 84 23 19 26 84 4 1.51
Tom Seaver 4/10/1968 6/10/1968 NYM 13 4 5 13 5 1 0 0 111 89 26 22 19 63 5 1.78
Bill Singer 4/11/1968 5/9/1968 LAD 7 2 4 7 2 1 0 0 55 39 13 10 16 49 1 1.64
Dave Giusti 4/13/1968 6/2/1968 HOU 11 4 5 11 6 1 0 0 90 61 20 18 25 60 6 1.80
Denny McLain 4/11/1968 5/10/1968 DET 7 5 0 7 5 1 0 0 59 44 12 12 9 52 6 1.83
Tom Phoebus 4/10/1968 5/18/1968 BAL 8 4 4 8 4 1 0 0 65 41 13 12 32 53 2 1.66
Dick Bosman 8/29/1967 10/1/1967 WSA 7 3 1 7 2 1 0 0 51.1 38 12 10 10 25 3 1.75
Claude Osteen 4/14/1965 5/15/1965 LAD 8 3 3 8 3 0 0 0 67.2 47 15 14 13 37 5 1.86
Jim Maloney 4/13/1964 5/17/1964 CIN 7 3 4 7 4 0 0 0 54 37 16 11 24 52 4 1.83
Bob Friend 4/12/1960 5/13/1960 PIT 7 4 1 7 4 2 0 0 57 38 11 10 9 49 3 1.58
Whitey Ford 4/20/1956 5/28/1956 NYY 8 7 1 8 8 2 0 0 71 59 13 8 22 45 2 1.01
Allie Reynolds 4/18/1952 6/7/1952 NYY 10 7 3 10 10 2 0 0 89 48 14 13 26 60 2 1.31
Sal Maglie 4/16/1952 5/27/1952 NYG 9 9 0 9 8 3 0 0 80.1 47 13 10 28 51 4 1.12
Gerry Staley 4/15/1952 5/18/1952 STL 8 7 1 8 3 0 0 0 66 61 19 16 14 24 5 2.18


1920-39 Strk Start End Tm G W L GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Carl Hubbell 4/21/1938 5/28/1938 NYG 7 6 1 7 0 0 6 0 62 50 13 12 13 42 2 1.74
Slick Castleman 4/24/1937 6/19/1937 NYG 12 7 3 12 0 0 7 0 95.1 79 28 25 20 50 6 2.36
Lefty Gomez 4/20/1937 6/3/1937 NYY 10 6 4 10 0 0 8 0 85 80 20 14 31 51 2 1.48
Monty Stratton 4/22/1937 5/31/1937 CHW 8 5 3 8 0 0 5 0 66.1 60 18 10 15 26 1 1.36
Carl Hubbell 4/23/1937 5/24/1937 NYG 7 7 0 7 0 0 5 0 60.1 48 15 11 13 48 5 1.64
Hal Schumacher 4/20/1935 7/10/1935 NYG 17 13 2 17 0 0 13 0 149.2 112 46 34 36 36 9 2.04
Jakie May 4/18/1930 6/1/1930 CIN 7 2 3 7 3 0 0 0 56 53 24 16 20 19 1 2.57
Socks Seibold 4/15/1930 5/17/1930 BSN 7 5 2 7 7 0 0 0 62.2 64 20 16 21 11 0 2.30
Jake Miller 4/23/1929 6/1/1929 CLE 8 4 3 8 6 2 0 0 67.2 65 16 10 16 17 0 1.33
George Uhle 4/17/1929 5/18/1929 DET 7 7 0 7 7 1 0 0 63 58 16 10 11 24 2 1.43
Dazzy Vance 4/17/1924 5/22/1924 BRO 7 6 1 7 7 0 0 0 69.2 62 20 17 15 45 2 2.20
Herman Pillette 4/20/1923 5/21/1923 DET 8 2 2 8 4 0 0 0 63 57 26 14 17 13 2 2.00

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