Sunday, April 20, 2008

That'll Be Zero Home Runs, Thank You!

If you don't live near Milwaukee or possibly Cincinnati, you may have missed the ending to an impressive streak yesterday. Brewers lefthander Brian Shouse gave up a home run to the first batter he saw, Joey Votto, ending a string of 83 consecutive appearances without giving up a round-tripper. Shouse hadn't given up a home run since the 2006 season.

Furthermore, he had one of only twenty-two such streaks to go past eighty appearances since 1956. While being a lefthander typically required to face at most two or three batters per game makes it easier to string together a bunch of homer-less outings, it's still a pretty neat streak. On the list below, it's the guys who averaged more than one inning per appearance that really impress me.

Zero Home Runs in 80+ Consecutive Appearances, Since 1956

Greg Minton178269.006/01/197905/01/1982
Dale Murray142246.208/21/197408/18/1976
Chad Bradford127109.205/18/200609/20/2007
Dave Smith105115.107/20/198607/14/1988
Jonathan Broxton9496.207/26/200608/21/2007
Paul Quantrill9178.205/05/200205/12/2003
Joe Klink9065.007/26/199105/08/1996
Saul Rivera8998.204/27/2007present
Larry Andersen89116.007/06/199007/10/1992
Fred Gladding8995.208/13/197007/23/1972
George Sherrill8850.009/19/200505/02/2007
Gregg Olson85114.204/18/198906/20/1990
Larry Anderson84128.006/18/198808/15/1989
Brian Shouse8354.109/28/200604/17/2008
Terry Forster82135.208/21/197105/11/1973
B.J. Ryan8187.106/04/200507/15/2006
B.J. Ryan8175.207/01/200307/17/2004
Jason Isringhausen8186.208/26/200106/28/2003
Mike Fetters8189.208/03/199308/17/1995
Ron Perranoski81124.007/21/196109/03/1962
Joey Eischen8064.206/02/200206/03/2003
Juan Agosto8090.207/04/198906/30/1990

As you can see, Nationals reliever Saul Rivera has the longest active streak. Amazingly, he's only halfway to the top spot. Twins lefty Dennys Reyes and Phillies lefty J.C. Romero are now tied for second on the active list at 53 games.

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