No pitcher in baseball history (or at least since 1969 when the playoffs first expanded) has thrown more than one complete game shutout win in the National League Championship Series (NLCS).
Kind of hard to believe, isn’t it?
But it’s true. Fifteen different pitchers have tossed NLCS shutouts, the last 12 years ago (another hard fact to believe). All 15 are listed below, including that last guy, the Florida Marlins’ Josh Beckett back in 2003.
Are we ready for possibly a Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard or Jake Arrieta blank, then? Dare we ponder, “Will there be more than one shutout in just this series alone?”
It’s happened once before. In 1987, both Dave Dravecky (for the NLCS-losing San Francisco Giants) and Danny Cox (for the World Series-losing St. Louis Cardinals) threw one apiece.
It could be that kind of series in 2015.
The first guy to throw one, in fact, was a New York Met – Jon Matlack in 1973.
And what does history foretell about a team’s fortunes with a shutout under the belt, anyway?
Well, most of the time, they take the series (11 of 15).Follow @VinGetz
|PITCHER||TEAM||OPPONENT||SEASON||IP||TEAM WON NLCS?|
|1.||Jon Matlack||New York Mets||Cincinnati Reds||1973||9||Y|
|2.||Don Sutton||Los Angeles Dodgers||Pittsburgh Pirates||1974||9||Y|
|3.||Tommy John||Los Angeles Dodgers||Philadelphia Phillies||1978||9||Y|
|4.||Ray Burris||Montreal Expos||Los Angeles Dodgers||1981||9||N|
|5.||Bob Forsch||St. Louis Cardinals||Atlanta Braves||1982||9||Y|
|6.||Mike Scott||Houston Astros||New York Mets||1986||9||N|
|7.||Dave Dravecky||San Francisco Giants||St. Louis Cardinals||1987||9||N|
|8.||Danny Cox||St. Louis Cardinals||San Francisco Giants||1987||9||Y|
|9.||Orel Hershiser||Los Angeles Dodgers||New York Mets||1988||9||Y|
|10.||John Smoltz||Atlanta Braves||Pittsburgh Pirates||1991||9||Y|
|11.||Denny Neagle||Atlanta Braves||Florida Marlins||1997||9||N|
|12.||Kevin Brown||San Diego Padres||Atlanta Braves||1998||9||Y|
|13.||Mike Hampton||New York Mets||St. Louis Cardinals||2000||9||Y|
|14.||Randy Johnson||Arizona Diamondbacks||Atlanta Braves||2001||9||Y|
|15.||Josh Beckett||Florida Marlins||Chicago Cubs||2003||9||Y|