Watching Monday night’s series opener in Milwaukee, one could never have guessed that the Brewers were off to their best start since 1987 while riding a nine-game winning streak.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn surely did not care. Mixing an effective slider with a fastball that topped out at 95 mph, Lynn held the home team offense to just three hits over seven scoreless innings while logging 11 strikeouts.
To frame that performance in a historical perspective, I turned to researcher Tom Orf. His data indicates that Lynn is just the 12th pitcher in Cardinals team history to go at least seven scoreless innings on three or fewer hits and with 11 or more Ks.
Hall of Famer Bob Gibson did it four times, with Lynn joining recently-retired ace Chris Carpenter as the only other multiple occurrence hurlers with two each. Interestingly, despite just 17 such starts over the entire tenure of the Cardinals, there has been one in each of the last four years, including Lynn’s pair. Earlier, there had been stretches of 16 years (1944-60) and 17 years (1971-88) without any.
St. Louis Cardinals, seven or more scoreless innings pitched, three or fewer hits, 11 or more strikeouts, team history
|Lance Lynn||4 14 14||MIL||W 4-0||GS-7 ,W||7||3||0||0||3||11||114||68|
|Shelby Miller||5 10 13||COL||W 3-0||SHO9 ,W||9||1||0||0||0||13||113||84|
|Lance Lynn||6 13 12||CHW||W 1-0||GS-8 ,W||7.1||3||0||0||1||12||112||77|
|Chris Carpenter||9 28 11||HOU||W 8-0||SHO9 ,W||9||2||0||0||1||11||106||75|
|Chris Carpenter||6 13 06||PIT||W 2-1||GS-7 ,W||7||3||0||0||3||13||111||71|
|Matt Morris||9 03 04||LAD||W 3-0||SHO9 ,W||9||2||0||0||0||11||111||81|
|Todd Stottlemyre||5 11 98||MIL||W 7-0||GS-8 ,W||8||2||0||0||0||13||111||76|
|Alan Benes||5 16 97||ATL||L 0-1||GS-9||9||1||0||0||3||11|
|Joe Magrane||6 22 90||CHC||W 7-0||SHO9 ,W||9||3||0||0||3||11||146||91|
|Jose DeLeon||9 06 88||MON||W 1-0||SHO9 ,W||9||3||0||0||1||12||135||89|
|Bob Gibson||8 28 71||CIN||W 4-0||SHO9 ,W||9||3||0||0||1||13|
|Bob Gibson||6 17 70||SDP||W 8-0||SHO9 ,W||9||1||0||0||2||13|
|Bob Gibson||8 19 68||PHI||W 2-0||SHO9 ,W||9||2||0||0||2||11|
|Bob Gibson||5 02 67||CIN||W 5-0||SHO9 ,W||9||2||0||0||2||12|
|Ernie Broglio||7 15 60||CHC||W 6-0||SHO9 ,W||9||1||0||0||2||14|
|Max Lanier||5 20 44||NYG||W 10-0||SHO9 ,W||9||3||0||0||2||11|
|Bob Bowman||7 23 39 (1)||BRO||W 12-0||SHO9 ,W||9||3||0||0||1||11|
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