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Siegrist hits the record books before allowing a run

Every good thing must come to an end.

So it has been for St. Louis Cardinals left-handed reliever Kevin Siegrist. The rookie tasted his first adversity as a major leaguer when allowing one run in one inning of work against Chicago on Friday.

Prior to that, in his first 12 outings, consisting of 12 scoreless innings, Siegrist fanned 17 and yielded just two hits. Researcher Tom Orf helps us put that scoreless streak into perspective from several angles.

Siegrist set a new record for consecutive scoreless appearances to start an MLB and Cardinals career, passing another left-hander, Tyler Johnson, by one appearance, 12 to 11.

However, there were two longer streaks established at the start of their respective Cardinals careers by veterans joining St. Loiuis from other clubs – Tony Fossas and Edward Mujica. The latter occurred late last season. Interestingly, four of the five on the following list are left-handers (L).

Scoreless appearances to open St. Louis Cardinals career

Rk Start End Games MLB debut
1 Tony Fossas (L) 4/27/1995 6/10/1995 21 no
2 Edward Mujica 8/1/2012 9/9/2012 18 no
3 Kevin Siegrist (L)
6/6/2013 7/9/2013 12 yes
4 Tyler Johnson (L) 9/6/2005 5/20/2006 11 yes
5 Paul Kilgus (L) 6/3/1993 9/4/1993 10 no

Expanding the aperture to the start of an MLB career by a left-hander with any club, Siegrist ranks in a six-way tie for ninth all-time.

Before getting too excited, however, it is only fair to note that prominent names in left-handed MLB relief history – pitchers like Billy Wagner, Jesse Orosco and John Franco – are nowhere to be found.

Scoreless appearances to open MLB career, left-handers

Rk Start End Games
1 Matt Smith 4/14/2006 9/22/2006 22
2 Vince Horsman 9/5/1991 5/23/1992 20
3 Joe Paterson 4/2/2011 5/20/2011 19
4 Doug Slaten 9/4/2006 4/21/2007 18
5 Caleb Thielbar 5/20/2013 7/6/2013 17
6 Clay Zavada 5/21/2009 6/20/2009 14
T7 Tim Davis 4/4/1994 5/9/1994 13
T7 Bob McClure 8/13/1975 4/9/1976 13
T9 Kevin Siegrist 6/6/2013 7/9/2013 12
T9 Mike Hinckley 9/2/2008 9/23/2008 12
T9 Jonathan Sanchez 5/28/2006 6/30/2006 12
T9 Alex Herrera 9/13/2002 7/12/2003 12
T9 Tom Martin 4/2/1997 5/5/1997 12
T9 Morrie Steevens 4/13/1962 9/19/1964 12

The longest scoreless game streak logged by any reliever at any time was set by Atlanta right-hander Craig Kimbrel in 2011 at 38 games.  The longest such run for an MLB left-hander was set by Mike Myers at 37 games in 1999-2000.

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20 Responses to “Siegrist hits the record books before allowing a run”

  1. blingboy says:

    Not bad for a 41st rounder. I’ve been keeping an eye on 2012 undrafted FA Petrick who is stepping to the front this year in A ball. The Cards system can really beat the bushes.

    Any guesses who the next Matt Adams is down on the Farm?

    • crdswmn says:

      I heard last night that Petrick was promoted to Springfield.

      Speaking of Springfield, I am not able to attend Carpenter’s start tonight, but I will be watching on MLB.TV. Looking forward to seeing if he has anything left.

      • blingboy says:

        I hope you will provide commentary.

      • kray66 says:

        I am really kicking myself for moving from Spfld to Bentonville, AR today. I’d love to see Carp’s start, but am too swamped at work to spend the time driving up and back.

      • blingboy says:

        I’m not so sure we will find out if he has anything left tonight. I’d guess the idea is to find out how his body responds to the intensity of live game action. How he feels tomorrow and for a couple days will be the test.

        If all goes well, I’d think he would really bare down in the Memphis starts.

      • Brian Walton says:


        Don’t forget to check hot news on the main site. Petrick news was up mid-afternoon yesterday.


        • blingboy says:

          It takes awhile to catch back up after working 36 hours in three days over the weekend. We will have to see how he does tomorrow. If he stays unhittable, they will have to keep him at AA once the DL guy is back. After all the debuts this year, it will be interesting to see who lines up for a ticket in 2014.

        • crdswmn says:

          Was away from a computer yesterday afternoon. Wasn’t back on until game time and saw the news on Twitter.

          I do check the news on the main site, just don’t always go there first. Sorry.

  2. kray66 says:

    Good to see Yadi making headlines for his MVP-performance last night and this season. I hope the rest of baseball realizes what we’ve known for years about him.

  3. CariocaCardinal says:

    What happened to the PEDs suspensions? Bud waiting until after the all staar game so as not to detract from the game?

  4. blingboy says:

    Chris Carpenter took the loss in Springfield, dropping his career AA record to 10-19. Now he goes on to Memphis where he will try to improve his career AAA mark of 4-11. Man, how did that guy ever get to the show in the first place?

    • Brian Walton says:

      You may as well add his Toronto record, too. I recall wondering at the time why the Cardinals signed him when they did. He was injured and had an undistinguished career to that point.

      • blingboy says:

        I guess signing a former first rounder for cheap looked good. It looks like both the Jays and Cards had their AA affiliate in the Southern League where Chris played for a couple years, so the Cards org would have had familiarity. I cannot remember him at all until he showed up in St. Louis.

  5. Bw52 says:

    What`s the word on Carpenter pitching? I saw the stats and while not impressive except for the strikeouts the fact that he was able to go at all was good.How was the movement on his pitches and the location?Big question is how will he feel today?

  6. Bw52 says:

    Why not give Brock Peterson a shot at RH bench bat? Cards have a opening on the 40-man roster and Peterson would offer a little pop.

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