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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 10 Biggest Wins in NLCS History (Run Differential)

In The 1996 NLCS, The Atlanta Braves Handed Two Blowouts To The St. Louis Cardinals

In The 1996 NLCS, The Atlanta Braves Handed Two Blowouts To The St. Louis Cardinals

Yesterday, we checked out the most lopsided wins in ALCS history. Thirteen teams won their games by nine runs or more.

The NLCS sports similar stats.

But two NL games in particular are off the charts – and they both happened in the same (fated) season – 1996.

The 1995 reigning champion Atlanta Braves won Game 1 of the 1996 NLCS, then lost the next three games to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Braves followed that up in what would be the biggest blowout in NLCS history – a 14-0 annihilation in Game 5. They won Game 6, too, and finished it all off with an even bigger win: 15-0 in Game 7.

Atlanta would lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series, ushering in that team’s latest dynasty and the beginning of what could be called the Derek Jeter era.

SEASON WINNER LOSER GAME RUN DIFF.
1. 1996 Atlanta Braves 15 St. Louis Cardinals 0 Game 7 15
2. 1996 Atlanta Braves 14 St. Louis Cardinals 0 Game 5 14
3. 1984 Chicago Cubs 13 San Diego Padres 0 Game 1 13
4. 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers 12 Pittsburgh Pirates 1 Game 4 11
4. 1993 Atlanta Braves 14 Philadelphia Phillies 3 Game 2 11
4. 2009 Philadelphia Phillies 11 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 Game 3 11
7. 1985 St. Louis Cardinals 12 Los Angeles Dodgers 2 Game 4 10
8. 1992 Pittsburgh Pirates 13 Atlanta Braves 4 Game 6 9
8. 2003 Chicago Cubs 12 Florida Marlins 3 Game 2 9
8. 2011 St. Louis Cardinals 12 Milwaukee Brewers 3 Game 2 9
8. 2012 San Franciscso Giants 9 St. Louis Cardinals 0 Game 7 9
8. 2013 St. Louis Cardinals 9 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 Game 6 9

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Baseball Teams with the Most National League Championship Series (NLCS) Wins

The San Francisco Giants (2010, 2012) And St. Louis Cardinals (2011, 2013) Have Won The Past Four NLCS. This Season Will Make Five.

The San Francisco Giants (2010, 2012) And St. Louis Cardinals (2011, 2013) Have Won The Past Four NLCS. This Season Will Make Five.

Yesterday, Sports List of the Day broke down all the ALCS winners, along with providing a little history of the road to the pennant.

Today, it’s the National League’s – and the NLCS‘s – turn.

As expected, the St. Louis Cardinals rule the roost (just as the New York Yankees rule the ALCS). These two teams have the most World Series appearances and titles overall.

Those poor Chicago Cubs again – nary an NLCS pennant. They join the Washington Nationals (including the Montreal Expos years) and the American League’s Seattle Mariners as the only three franchises that have failed to make it to the World Series during the Championship Series era (1969-Present). The Milwaukee Brewers did win an ALCS, when they played in the American League.

World Series winners below are noted with an asterisk.

NLCS WINNER SEASON NLCS LOSER SERIES
1. St. Louis Cardinals 7 1982* Atlanta Braves 3-0
1985 Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2
1987 San Francisco Giants 4-3
2004 Houston Astros 4-3
2006* New York Mets 4-3
2011* Milwaukee Brewers 4-2
2013 Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2
2. Atlanta Braves 5 1991 Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3
1992 Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3
1995* Cincinnati Reds 4-0
1996 St. Louis Cardinals 4-3
1999 New York Mets 4-2
2. Cincinnati Reds 5 1970 Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0
1972 Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2
1975* Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0
1976* Philadelphia Phillies 3-0
1990* Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2
2. Los Angeles Dodgers 5 1974 Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1
1977 Philadelphia Phillies 3-1
1978 Philadelphia Phillies 3-1
1981* Montreal Expos 3-2
1988* New York Mets 4-3
2. Philadelphia Phillies 5 1980* Houston Astros 3-2
1983 Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1
1993 Atlanta Braves 4-2
2008* Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1
2009 Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1
6. New York Mets 4 1969* Atlanta Braves 3-0
1973 Cincinnati Reds 3-2
1986* Houston Astros 4-2
2000 St. Louis Cardinals 4-1
6. San Francisco Giants 4 1989 Chicago Cubs 4-1
2002 St. Louis Cardinals 4-1
2010* Philadelphia Phillies 4-2
2012* St. Louis Cardinals 4-3
8. Florida Marlins 2 1997* Atlanta Braves 4-2
2003* Chicago Cubs 4-3
8. Pittsburgh Pirates 2 1971* San Francisco Giants 3-1
1979* Cincinnati Reds 3-0
8. San Diego Padres 2 1984 Chicago Cubs 3-2
1998 Atlanta Braves 4-2
11. Arizona Diamondbacks 1 2001* Atlanta Braves 4-1
11. Colorado Rockies 1 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0
11. Houston Astros 1 2005 St. Louis Cardinals 4-2
14. Chicago Cubs 0
14. Milwaukee Brewers 0
14. Washington Nationals 0

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