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MLB: Pitchers with Shutouts in the National League Championship Series (NLCS)

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).

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

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MLB: The 20 Best Strikeout Pitchers in Baseball (2014)

The Best Strikeout Pitchers In The Game Today, Tim Lincecum And Max Scherzer, Have Remarkably Different Wind Ups

The Best Strikeout Pitchers In The Game Today, Tim Lincecum And Max Scherzer, Have Remarkably Different Wind Ups

Of the top 20 strikeout pitchers in the game today – over the course of their careers – the Los Angeles Dodgers have three of them in their starting rotation (two of whom have pitched no-hitters).

Their rival, though, and NL West-leading (at the time of this post) San Francisco Giants have the best strikeout pitcher of them all. It’s Tim Lincecum. He’s just a hair over more-sudden superstar Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers, who are the Dodgers’ counterparts in the American League. The Tigers, too, have three reps below.

Sure, you can look at the league’s cumulative strikeout leaders this year, but what about overall – the true natural and career-consistent – strikeout pitchers? In other words, who has the most strikeouts per innings pitched, or, more applicably, most strikeouts per what would be a complete game (sans extras): nine innings.

That would be these guys.

PITCHER CAREER K/9 IP ARM CURRENT TEAM
1. Tim Lincecum 9.56 R San Francisco Giants
2. Max Scherzer 9.52 R Detroit Tigers
3. Clayton Kershaw 9.34 L Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Oliver Perez 9.19 L Arizona Diamonbacks
5. Francisco Liriano 9.11 L Pittsburgh Pirates
6. Yovani Gallardo 8.72 (8.7224) R Miwaukee Brewers
7. Scott Kazmir 8.72 (8.7176) L Oakland A’s
8. Erik Bedard 8.62 L Tampa Bay Rays
9. Jake Peavy 8.56 R Boston Red Sox
10. Cole Hamels 8.54 L Philadelphia Phillies
11. Felix Hernandez 8.48 R Seattle Mariners
12. Justin Verlander 8.38 R Detroit Tigers
13. Josh Beckett 8.36 R Los Angeles Dodgers
14. David Price 8.34 L Tampa Bay Rays
15. A.J. Burnett 8.27 R Philadelphia Phillies
16. Ubaldo Jimenez 8.24 R Baltimore Orioles
17. Jon Lester 8.17 L Boston Red Sox
18. Zack Greinke 8.06 R Los Angeles Dodgers
19. C.J. Wilson 8.03 L Los Angeles Angels
20. Anibal Sanchez 7.98 R Detroit Tigers

Photos: [top] Michael Macor / The Chronicle via sfgate.com ; [bottom] mlbreports.com

Clayton Kershaw, Josh Beckett and Active Pitchers with No-Hitters

PITCHER DATE / BOX SCORE NO-HITTER TEAM OPPONENT CURRENT TEAM
1. A.J. Burnett May 12, 2001 Florida Marlins San Diego Padres Philadelphia Phillies
2. Anibal Sanchez Sep. 6, 2006 Florida Marlins Arizona Diamondbacks Detroit Tigers
3. Mark Buehrle Apr. 18, 2007 Chicago White Sox Texas Rangers Toronto Blue Jays
4. Justin Verlander Jun. 12, 2007 Detroit Tigers Milwaukee Brewers Detroit Tigers
5. Clay Buchholz Sep. 1, 2007 Boston Red Sox Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox
6. Jon Lester May 19, 2008 Boston Red Sox Kansas City Royals Boston Red Sox
7. Mark Buehrle* Jul. 23, 2009 Chicago White Sox Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays
8. Ubaldo Jimenez Apr. 17, 2010 Colorado Rockies Atlanta Braves Baltimore Orioles
9. Edwin Jackson Jun. 25, 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks Tampa Bay Rays Chicago Cubs
10. Matt Garza Jul. 26, 2010 Tampa Bay Rays Detroit Tigers Milwaukee Brewers
11. Francisco Liriano May 3, 2011 Minnesota Twins Chicago White Sox Pittsburgh Pirates
12. Justin Verlander May 7, 2011 Detroit Tigers Toronto Blue Jays Detroit Tigers
13. Ervin Santana Jul. 27, 2011 Los Angeles Angels Cleveland Indians Atlanta Braves
14. Jered Weaver May 2, 2012 Los Angeles Angels Minnesota Twins Los Angeles Angels
15. Matt Cain* Jun. 13, 2012 San Francisco Giants Houston Astros San Francisco Giants
16. Felix Hernandez* Aug. 15, 2012 Seattle Mariners Tampa Bay Rays Seattle Mariners
17. Homer Bailey Sep. 28, 2012 Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Pirates Cincinnati Reds
18. Homer Bailey Jul. 2, 2013 Cincinnati Reds San Francisco Giants Cincinnati Reds
19. Tim Lincecum Jul. 13, 2013 San Francisco Giants San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants
20. Henderson Alvarez Sep. 29, 2013 Miami Marlins Detroit Tigers Miami Marlins
21. Josh Beckett May 25, 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers Philadelphia Phillies Los Angeles Dodgers
22. Clayton Kershaw Jun. 18, 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers Colorado Rockies Los Angeles Dodgers

* = Perfect Game

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