One of baseball’s great streaks ends in the rain

by Bill Chuck on August 1, 2012

Justin Verlander‘s streak of consecutive starts of at least 6 innings came to an end last night as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Tigers, 4-1, in a game halted by rain at Fenway. The Tigers had the bases loaded with two out in the top of the 6th when the rain halted play and Verlander’s streak . Verlander, who had gone at least six innings in his previous 63 starts, gave up two hits through three innings before struggling as the rain became heavier in the 4th.

“Kind of a weird way for (the streak) to come to an end,” he said. “I get a five-inning complete game but I don’t go six innings.”

 In case you are curious…

On July 1, 1941, Joe DiMaggio, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Red Sox, went 1-for-3 to tie Wee Willie Keeler’s 43-year record of 44 games with a line drive single.

“Here again, I was lucky,” writes DiMaggio in his autobiography, “as it was not only the only hit I got in the game but the game was called at the end of five innings.”

Once again, here are the nine longest streaks by a pitcher of consecutive starts of 6+ innings.

Rk Strk Start End Games W L CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO ERA Tm
1 Bob Gibson 1967-09-12 1970-05-02 78 46 24 58 17 687.2 503 154 132 176 606 1.73 STL
2 Steve Carlton 1979-09-13 1982-04-13 69 41 15 24 5 545.0 435 169 151 170 517 2.49 PHI
3 Justin Verlander 2010-08-22 2012-07-26 63 40 12 11 3 468.2 335 144 128 102 463 2.46 DET
4 Catfish Hunter 1975-04-23 1976-08-04 61 35 22 44 9 524.0 405 177 160 126 285 2.75 NYY
5 Walter Johnson 1918-04-15 1919-09-16 58 38 19 56 15 566.0 439 131 86 111 283 1.37 WSH
6 Bob Gibson 1965-04-17 1966-07-02 54 31 20 33 9 450.0 343 151 133 131 410 2.66 STL
7 Dazzy Vance 1926-08-26 1928-07-09 54 28 24 42 4 459.0 408 163 137 116 318 2.69 BRO
8 Bob Gibson 1972-05-05 1973-07-30 53 30 18 35 5 442.1 355 137 121 131 333 2.46 STL
9 Mark Buehrle 2004-05-11 2005-07-26 49 26 13 6 2 357.2 355 153 132 66 228 3.32 CHW
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/27/2012.

Here are the current active longest streaks of 6+ innings pitched by a starter

Rk Strk Start End ▾ Games W L CG IP ERA
1 Kyle Lohse 2012-06-04 2012-07-31 11 6 1 0 75.1 2.51
2 Ryan Vogelsong 2011-09-26 2012-07-29 20 9 5 0 136.2 2.11
3 Jordan Zimmermann 2012-04-08 2012-07-28 21 8 6 0 134.1 2.28
4 Joe Blanton 2012-06-03 2012-07-28 10 4 4 1 71.0 4.18
5 Ben Sheets 2010-05-08 2012-07-27 17 6 6 0 107.0 3.11
6 Jonathon Niese 2012-06-03 2012-07-27 10 4 3 0 68.1 3.29
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/1/2012.

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