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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 Highest (and Lowest) Paid Pitching Staffs in Baseball

TEAM 2015 PITCHING PAYROLL 2014 RANK 2014 PITCHING PAYROLL 2015 CHANGE
1. (UP 3) Detroit Tigers $81,057,041 4 $64,276,161 $16,780,880
2. (DN 1) Los Angeles Dodgers $79,612,464 1 $79,579,761 $32,703
3. San Francisco Giants $77,279,944 3 $67,058,638 $10,221,306
4. (UP 8) New York Yankees $70,106,890 12 $40,551,316 $29,555,574
5. Washington Nationals $67,531,997 5 $58,176,100 $9,355,897
6. (UP 13) Boston Red Sox $54,541,721 19 $28,389,617 $26,152,104
7. (UP 11) Chicago White Sox $53,338,873 18 $30,973,949 $22,364,924
8. (UP 16) Chicago Cubs $52,539,953 24 $22,903,083 $29,636,870
9. (UP 12) San Diego Padres $52,376,209 21 $27,080,600 $25,295,609
10. (UP 5) Baltimore Orioles $49,815,661 15 $34,675,408 $15,140,253
11. (DN 2) Seattle Mariners $49,162,924 9 $48,368,242 $794,682
12. (DN 2) Kansas City Royals $47,366,229 10 $46,203,000 $1,163,229
13. (UP 10) Pittsburgh Pirates $43,796,488 23 $23,203,500 $20,592,988
14. (DN 12) Philadelphia Phillies $43,728,154 2 $72,720,166 ($28,992,012)
15. (DN 2) Milwaukee Brewers $42,517,807 13 $39,366,889 $3,150,918
16. (DN 9) Los Angeles Angels $42,422,938 7 $53,353,464 ($10,930,526)
17. (DN 11) Toronto Blue Jays $41,873,936 6 $55,601,200 ($13,727,264)
18. (UP 8) Houston Astros $36,740,607 26 $21,300,300 $15,440,307
19. (DN 3) Minnesota Twins $36,336,228 16 $33,953,426 $2,382,802
20. (UP 5) Texas Rangers $36,277,020 25 $21,739,030 $14,537,990
21. (DN 10) Cincinnati Reds $31,853,876 11 $41,230,772 ($9,376,896)
22. (DN 2) Colorado Rockies $31,217,394 20 $27,643,500 $3,573,894
23. (DN 1) New York Mets $27,394,361 22 $23,803,975 $3,590,386
24. (UP 6) Miami Marlins $27,049,562 30 $10,440,102 $16,609,460
25. (DN 11) Oakland Athletics $24,557,280 14 $35,896,606 ($11,339,326)
26. (DN 18) St. Louis Cardinals $18,911,933 8 $50,418,166 ($31,506,233)
27. Arizona Diamondbacks $18,859,668 27 $20,961,500 ($2,101,832)
28. Tampa Bay Rays $14,853,802 28 $19,186,866 ($4,333,064)
29. Cleveland Indians $12,352,696 29 $10,479,600 $1,873,096
30. (DN 13) Atlanta Braves $6,120,980 17 $33,352,683 ($27,231,703)

MLB: The Highest (and Lowest) Team Payrolls in Baseball (2015)

TEAM 2015 PAYROLL 2014 RANK 2014 PAYROLL 2015 CHANGE
1. Los Angeles Dodgers $272,430,944 1 $243,199,930 $29,231,014
2. New York Yankees $213,835,130 2 $230,183,308 ($16,348,178)
3. San Francisco Giants $172,786,178 3 $178,293,112 ($5,506,934)
4. (UP 1) Detroit Tigers $172,530,434 5 $172,090,085 $440,349
5. (UP 2) Boston Red Sox $166,599,995 7 $157,553,326 $9,046,669
6. (UP 2) Washington Nationals $164,229,883 8 $144,167,321 $20,062,562
7. (DN 1) Los Angeles Angels $144,473,910 6 $168,299,326 ($23,825,416)
8. (UP 1) Texas Rangers $143,920,277 9 $137,675,148 $6,245,129
9. (DN 5) Philadelphia Phillies $143,640,049 4 $172,672,421 ($29,032,372)
10. Toronto Blue Jays $126,252,261 10 $132,822,834 ($6,570,573)
11. (UP 5) Seattle Mariners $125,370,055 16 $106,046,656 $19,323,399
12. (DN 1) St. Louis Cardinals $124,427,536 11 $127,620,476 ($3,192,940)
13. (DN 1) Cincinnati Reds $123,043,679 12 $116,061,785 $6,981,894
14. (UP 4) Kansas City Royals $116,772,539 18 $98,858,114 $17,914,425
15. (UP 7) Chicago White Sox $116,138,443 22 $91,402,340 $24,736,103
16. (DN 1) Baltimore Orioles $114,463,284 15 $109,766,862 $4,696,422
17. (UP 6) Chicago Cubs $111,415,184 23 $88,503,827 $22,911,357
18. (UP 7) San Diego Padres $108,231,036 25 $78,311,464 $29,919,572
19. (DN 6) Atlanta Braves $104,474,662 13 $114,547,008 ($10,072,346)
20. (UP 4) Minnesota Twins $103,020,447 24 $82,541,911 $20,478,536
21. (DN 4) New York Mets $102,304,249 17 $99,413,019 $2,891,230
22. (DN 8) Milwaukee Brewers $101,945,770 14 $112,584,023 ($10,638,253)
23. (DN 4) Colorado Rockies $101,399,153 19 $98,055,071 $3,344,082
24. (UP 2) Pittsburgh Pirates $88,632,770 26 $75,422,404 $13,210,366
25. (UP 2) Cleveland Indians $84,952,040 27 $74,043,608 $10,908,432
26. (DN 5) Oakland Athletics $83,090,838 21 $95,910,860 ($12,820,022)
27. (UP 2) Houston Astros $75,478,103 29 $53,781,498 $21,696,605
28. Tampa Bay Rays $73,264,804 28 $72,651,971 $612,833
29. (DN 9) Arizona Diamondbacks $72,217,646 20 $97,043,073 ($24,825,427)
30. Miami Marlins $69,221,406 30 $51,094,489 $18,126,917
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