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I'd Have Let Him Throw 170 Pitches...

But that's just me.
As Gary and the AFLAC duck reminded us, Dwight Gooden holds the Mets single-season record for most consecutive starts without a loss. He had 18 in 1985.
Johan Santana ranks second with 15, after Thursday's win. He snapped a tie for second with David Cone and another former Mets lefty, Tom Glavine.
Cone's positioning, for 1989, not 1988 as some would have thought is legit. Glavine's inclusion, and I'm sorry to be both biased and rude here, is a joke.
Santana's ERA during his 15-start lossless stretch is 2.27. He's had 13 quality starts, one in which he left after five innings with a shutout due to rain, and one bad start (4 innings, 5 runs in Cincinnati on July 17)
Glavine's ERAs during his not one, but two streaks of 14 straight lossless starts (one in 2006, one in 2007), were 3.74 and 3.44
Glavine avoided losses in the following starts
June 7, 2006 at Dodgers- 5 1/3 innings, 6 runs
June 13, 2006 at Phillies- 4 1/3 innings, 4 runs
July 4, 2006 vs. Pirates- 5 innings, 4 runs
July 19, 2007 at Dodgers- 2 innings, 6 runs
August 23, 2007 vs. Padres- 5 innings, 6 runs
September 20, 2007 at Marlins- 5 innings, 4 runs
But enough rudeness. Santana's streak also tied his career single-season best, previously done in 2004. That was actually part of a 20-start lossless stretch that carried over into 2005. He's had two such streaks, with one that started in 2003 and carried into 2004.
As for the worthiness of this as a meaningful stat, I'm not so sure. Among those whom Santana passed on the way up the list- Kevin Appier (12 straight in 2001), Armando Reynosa (11 straight in 1997), and Kenny Rogers (10 straight in 1999)
The truly Metless know…Tom Seaver, like Dwight Gooden, went 18 straight starts without a regular-season loss, but his streak was spread over the 1969 and 1970 seasons.
And for those curious about those in the booth- Ron Darlings Met-best was a 12-start lossless stretch in 1984.

Comments

czaradio said…
You list September 20, 2007 as one of Glavine's wins during his stretch. Does that mean that he broke his streak with the infamous 7 runs in 1/3 against the marlins?

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