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
|1||Tony Fossas (L)||4/27/1995||6/10/1995||21||no|
|3||Kevin Siegrist (L)
|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
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.