The Game Score Report

by Bill Chuck on September 7, 2013

Game Score a metric devised by Bill James (who else?) is one of my favorites for comparing pitching performances.

Game Score is a metric devised by Bill James to determine the strength of a pitcher in any particular baseball game. To determine a starting pitcher’s game score:

  • Start with 50 points.
  • Add one point for each out recorded, so three points for every complete inning pitched.
  • Add two points for each inning completed after the fourth.
  • Add one point for each strikeout.
  • Subtract two points for each hit allowed.
  • Subtract four points for each earned run allowed.
  • Subtract two points for each unearned run allowed.
  • Subtract one point for each walk.

2013 Game Score Leaders

There have been 54 Game Scores of 85+ this season.

Nine to Know

Nine top Games Scores of 2013

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO GSc
1 Shelby Miller 2013-05-10 STL COL W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 0 13 98
2 Matt Harvey 2013-05-07 NYM CHW W 1-0 GS-9 9.0 1 0 0 0 12 97
3 Tim Lincecum 2013-07-13 SFG SDP W 9-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 4 13 96
4 Yu Darvish 2013-04-02 TEX HOU W 7-0 GS-9 ,W 8.2 1 0 0 0 14 96
5 Homer Bailey 2013-07-02 CIN SFG W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 1 9 95
6 Anibal Sanchez 2013-05-24 DET MIN W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 3 12 94
7 Aaron Harang 2013-06-11 SEA HOU W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 0 10 93
8 Yusmeiro Petit 2013-09-06 SFG ARI W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 0 7 92
9 Chris Sale 2013-05-12 CHW LAA W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 0 7 92
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/7/2013.

40 Pitchers have Game Scores of 85+ this season

Multiple 85+ Game Score Pitchers this season

Rk Player # W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO IP H BB SO
1 Clayton Kershaw 3 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 2 2 26.0 12 0 27
2 Jordan Zimmermann 2 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 1 1 17.0 3 1 12
3 Adam Wainwright 2 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 18.0 6 1 19
4 Stephen Strasburg 2 1 1 .500 0.53 2 1 1 17.0 6 1 22
5 Anibal Sanchez 2 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 1 1 17.0 6 4 29
6 Jeff Samardzija 2 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 1 1 17.0 4 3 17
7 Tim Lincecum 2 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 1 1 17.0 1 5 21
8 Matt Harvey 2 1 0 1.000 0.00 2 1 1 18.0 5 0 18
9 Aaron Harang 2 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 18.0 6 2 18
10 Jose Fernandez 2 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 0 0 16.0 5 2 24
11 Yu Darvish 2 2 0 1.000 0.54 2 0 0 16.2 2 1 29
12 Homer Bailey 2 1 0 1.000 0.00 2 1 1 17.0 2 1 19
13 Chris Archer 2 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 18.0 7 0 14
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/7/2013.

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