The Cardinal Nation blog

Brian Walton's news and commentary on the St. Louis Cardinals (TM) and their minor league system

Miller, Wainwright with best pair of Cards starts in over 50 years

With Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright scheduled to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals against the New York Mets on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, it is the perfect time to revisit their more recent outings in a historical context.

Over a combined 18 innings representing two complete games against the Colorado Rockies last week, they yielded a total of three hits and one walk, striking out 20 and allowing no earned runs.

To measure back-to-back complete-game pitching dominance, researcher Tom Orf suggested Bill James’ win shares. Here is a link for those who want to fully understand the formula. The maximum possible Game Score is 114, which would be a perfect game with all 27 outs via the strikeout.

The highest game score for a nine-inning game in baseball history was Kerry Wood‘s one-hit, no walk, 20-strikeout shutout performance for the Chicago Cubs against the Houston Astros on May 6, 1998. His game score was 105.

With Miller logging a 98 game score on May 10 and Wainwright hitting 89 the next day, the total of 187 is the most dominant two-complete game stretch by Cardinals since at least 1960.

Here are the top 20 pairs since 1960, all with total Game Scores of more than 160. The next closest to the current duo was not that close at 178, by Bob Gibson and Ray Washburn in 1967. Notice that there has been no others since 1981.

Player Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR GSc BF AB 2B 3B HBP GDP GS tot
Adam Wainwright 5/11/2013 COL W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 1 7 0 89 30 29 0 0 0 0 187
Shelby Miller 5/10/2013 COL W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 0 13 0 98 28 28 0 0 0 0

Lary Sorensen 4/22/1981 CHC W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 0 7 0 86 31 31 1 0 0 0 168
Andy Rincon 4/21/1981 CHC W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 5 0 0 0 5 0 82 32 31 2 0 1 0

Ron Reed 8/20/1975 CIN W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 1 3 0 81 33 32 0 0 0 0 165
Lynn McGlothen 8/19/1975 CIN W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9 4 1 1 1 10 0 84 32 30 1 0 0 0

Lynn McGlothen 6/1/1974 SDP W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 0 2 0 83 30 29 1 0 0 0 163
Sonny Siebert 5/31/1974 SDP W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9 5 0 0 2 5 0 80 32 30 0 0 0 2

John Curtis 5/8/1974 CIN W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 1 4 0 84 29 28 1 0 0 1 169
Lynn McGlothen 5/7/1974 CIN W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 3 9 0 85 35 32 0 0 0 0

Reggie Cleveland 9/27/1973 CHC W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 0 3 0 88 27 27 0 0 0 1 171
Rick Wise 9/26/1973 CHC W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 5 0 0 0 6 0 83 30 27 0 0 1 1

Bob Gibson 8/14/1971 PIT W 11-0 SHO9 ,W 9 0 0 0 3 10 0 94 31 28 0 0 0 0 177
Jerry Reuss 8/13/1971 PIT W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 3 7 0 83 34 31 0 0 0 0

Bob Gibson 7/22/1971 PHI W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 5 0 0 3 6 0 80 35 31 0 0 0 0 163
Reggie Cleveland 7/21/1971 PHI W 6-1 CG 9 ,W 9 5 1 1 0 10 1 83 32 32 0 0 0 0

Reggie Cleveland 5/28/1971 ATL W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 2 5 0 82 34 32 2 0 0 0 168
Chris Zachary 5/27/1971 CHC W 10-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 0 3 0 86 29 29 1 0 0 0

Bob Gibson 8/7/1970 MON W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9 5 1 0 2 10 0 83 34 31 0 0 0 1 165
Nelson Briles 8/6/1970 NYM W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 7 0 0 0 9 0 82 34 34 0 0 0 0

Bob Gibson 6/20/1968 CHC W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 5 0 0 1 6 0 82 32 31 0 0 0 1 176
Steve Carlton 6/19/1968 CHC W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 0 9 0 94 29 28 0 0 1 1

Steve Carlton 5/15/1968 PIT W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 1 6 0 84 30 29 0 0 0 1 166
Nelson Briles 5/13/1968 PIT W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 2 5 0 82 32 30 1 0 0 0

Dick Hughes 9/19/1967 PHI W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 5 0 0 1 7 0 83 34 33 0 0 0 0 163
Bob Gibson 9/18/1967 PHI W 5-1 CG 9 ,W 9 3 1 1 1 4 0 80 32 30 1 0 0 0

Ray Washburn 5/3/1967 CIN W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 3 5 0 85 31 28 0 0 0 0 178
Bob Gibson 5/2/1967 CIN W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 2 12 0 93 33 31 1 0 0 0

Bob Gibson 1966-06-19 (2) PHI W 5-1 CG 9 ,W 9 3 1 1 4 7 0 80 34 30 2 0 0 1 165
Ray Washburn 1966-06-19 (1) PHI W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 3 5 0 85 30 26 0 0 0 1

Ray Washburn 4/10/1963 NYM W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 1 5 0 83 31 30 0 0 0 1 172
Ernie Broglio 4/9/1963 NYM W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 2 8 0 89 31 29 1 0 0 0

Curt Simmons 9/30/1962 LAD W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 5 0 0 1 4 0 80 29 28 1 0 0 1 169
Ernie Broglio 9/29/1962 LAD W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 3 9 0 89 32 29 0 0 0 1

Bob Gibson 8/8/1962 PIT W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 2 10 0 89 32 30 1 0 0 1 171
Ernie Broglio 8/7/1962 PIT W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 2 5 0 82 33 31 0 0 0 0

Ernie Broglio 7/14/1962 MLN W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 6 0 0 3 9 0 81 35 32 3 0 0 1 163
Bob Gibson 7/13/1962 MLN W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 4 5 0 82 34 29 1 0 1 1

Larry Jackson 1962-06-27 (1) CHC W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 3 4 0 80 33 29 0 0 1 2 161
Ray Sadecki 1962-06-27 (2) CHC W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 5 0 0 1 5 0 81 32 30 0 0 1 2

Follow me on Twitter.
Follow The Cardinal Nation Blog on Facebook.

42 Responses to “Miller, Wainwright with best pair of Cards starts in over 50 years”

  1. blingboy says:

    As of now, the Cards have an all home grown rotation, with all 5 graduating to MLB from the Cards system. All but Wainy were drafted by the Cards.

    Wainwright: debut 2005. (Drafted 1st round 2000 by Atlanta, acquired by Cards as AA player Dec., 2003)

    Garcia: debut 2008. (Drafted 22nd round 2005 by StL)

    Lynn: debut 2011. (Drafted 1st round 2008 by StL)

    Gast: debut 2013. ( Drafted 6th round 2010 by Stl)

    Miller: debut 2012 ( Drafted 1st round 2009 by StL)

    As to the pen, all but Mujica and Choate came up to MLB from the Cards system and all but those two and Salas were drafted by StL.

    • CariocaCardinal says:

      Martinez technically wasn’t drafted. Salas was signed as an int’l free agent also but previously played as a pro in Mexico.

    • blingboy says:

      Once again Bernie and I are on the same page. I like that guy.

      This from today’s column:

      “The system has delivered nine pitchers on the current staff: Lance Lynn, Jaime Garcia, Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez, Joe Kelly, John Gast, Seth Maness and Fernando Salas. Other gold-plated pitching prospects, including Michael Wacha, are warming in the minors.

      Of the 30 players who have appeared in a major-league game for the Cardinals this season, 19 were drafted and developed internally. Two others, Martinez and Salas, were signed as undrafted free agents, then raised trough the system.”

  2. blingboy says:

    Taking a quick scan of the roster, it think 10 of the 13 position players made their debut from the Cards system. (All but Holliday, Beltran and Wiggy) 9 of the 13, all but those 3 and Freese, were drafted by StL) Could have overlooked something.

    That makes 17 of 25 drafted by St. Louis, plus:

    Salas purchased from the Mexican League as a AAA level player.
    Wainwright came in the JD Drew/Jason Marquis trade as a AA player.
    Freese for Edmonds as a pre-AA player.

    5 Came up in other organizations. Mujica, Choate, Wiggy, Holliday, Beltran.

    • blingboy says:

      edit to claify Martinez was not drafted, signed as amateur in Dominican.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Holliday cost Fatty Wallace (1-08), Shane Peterson (2-08)), and RHP Mortensen (!S-07).
      Two years of Mujica cost Cox (1-10).

      Old Choate cost cash. Ditto with the great Carlos Beltran.

      Wiggy cost cash, but is more in a class by himself. Fortunately.

  3. blingboy says:

    As recently as 2009 the Cards rotation consited of two guys drafted by the Cubs and one each by the Blue Jays, Mariners and Braves. None by the Cards.

    From Bernie’s column:

    “Once upon a time, the Cardinals’ best pitching prospects were guys like Brian Barber, Omar Olivares, Sean Lowe, Brady Raggio, Josh Pearce, Jimmy Journell and Allen Watson. We’d get excited over Blake Hawksworth and P.J. Walters, and talk ourselves into believing in Carmen Cali. . . .Where have you gone, Mike Parisi?”

    • Brian Walton says:

      Any mention of trading Faberge Eggs? ;-)

      • blingboy says:

        “The rich supply of pitching also provides Mozeliak with the option of converting young pitchers into chips that can be offered in trade to fill other needs.”

        I think he’s got dry powder and low hanging fruit in there too somewhere.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      The Cards used to sign and successfully develop amateurs into ML pitchers, especially during the 1960s. They had a horrid drought during the 1970s-2000s, in terms of developing starting pitchers. Most of our starting pitchers had to be acquired from other organizations, because of the talent drought. Haren was an exception but got traded, Ankiel was just one year. Matt Morris was the best since gosh knows when.

      Starting pitching is quite important and its important to find and then develop starting pitchers internally. Veteran starting pitchers are aptly costly.

  4. blingboy says:

    One other item I forgot to mention:

    “Craig has 122 RBIs over the last two seasons; Pujols has 127. But Craig has had 147 fewer at-bats than Pujols over that time.”

    I wonder how much is that in dollars per RBI?

  5. blingboy says:

    Casey Rasmus batted 5th for Peoria today. Hitting .315, not striking out. Too bad we don’t have any inside info on why his hitting is like night and day from last season.

  6. crdswmn says:

    Just a general observation. I spend a lot of time cruising blogs and fan sites of other teams because I am interested in what other fans think. Especially in the NL other fans are envious of the Cardinals. They see a club that consistently contends, makes good FA signings and has a first class farm system. They also see a team that has cohesion, that all get along and have a minimum of controversy.

    So why is it that Cardinal fans can’t stop complaining?

  7. blingboy says:

    It seems like it would be smarter to have Yadi catch the rookie and let Cruz catch Wainy tomorrow. Yadi’s BA vs Marcum (speculated by a talking head) is a lame reason.

    Has MM explained?

  8. blingboy says:

    Millers fastball is flat. Lots of balls up. Over 40 pitches with one out in the 2nd.

  9. blingboy says:

    Miller had an efficient 5th, settling in now. 85 pitches. Hope he can go 7.

  10. blingboy says:

    5 2/3, leaves with a man on 3rd, nice job considering the difficult first couple innings. Can be a winner, can’t be a loser.

    Don’t have much confidence in Choate stranding the guy.

  11. blingboy says:

    So MM calls back Adams after he was announced and sends up Wiggy. He needs psychiatric help right away.

  12. JumboShrimp says:

    All wins are good. Miller has an ERA of 1.4. Choate, Rosenthal, and Mujica grind it out. Maness has a learning experience and another W.

  13. JumboShrimp says:

    Up to a .667 win percentage, with same two to one ratio at home, and on the road. Good times.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.