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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: First-Ballot Hall of Famers (and by Position)

FIRST-BALLOT HALL OF FAMERS BY POSITION

  PRIMARY POSITION HALL OF FAMER YEAR INDUCTED
1. RHP 12 Christy Mathewson 1936
      Walter Johnson 1936
      Bob Feller 1962
      Bob Gibson 1981
      Jim Palmer 1990
      Tom Seaver 1992
      Nolan Ryan 1999
      Dennis Eckersley 2004
      Greg Maddux 2014
      Randy Johnson 2015
      Pedro Martinez 2015
      John Smoltz 2015
         
2. RF 7 Babe Ruth 1936
      Al Kaline 1980
      Hank Aaron 1982
      Frank Robinson 1982
      Reggie Jackson 1993
      Dave Winfield 2001
      Tony Gwynn 2007
         
3. 1B 5 Stan Musial 1969
      Ernie Banks 1977
      Willie McCovey 1986
      Rod Carew 1991
      Eddie Murray 2003
         
3. LF 5 Ted Williams 1966
      Lou Brock 1985
      Willie Stargell 1988
      Carl Yastrzemski 1989
      Rickey Henderson 2009
         
5. 3B 4 Brooks Robinson 1983
      Mike Schmidt 1995
      George Brett 1999
      Wade Boggs 2005
         
5. CF 4 Ty Cobb 1936
      Mickey Mantle 1974
      Willie Mays 1979
      Kirby Puckett 2001
         
5. LHP 4 Sandy Koufax 1972
      Warren Spahn 1973
      Steve Carlton 1994
      Tom Glavine 2014
         
5. SS 4 Honus Wagner 1936
      Robin Yount 1999
      Ozzie Smith 2002
      Cal Ripken 2007
         
9. 2B 2 Jackie Robinson 1962
      Joe Morgan 1990
         
9. DH 2 Paul Molitor 2004
      Frank Thomas 2014
         
11. C 1 Johnny Bench 1989

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FIRST-BALLOT HALL OF FAMERS (CHRONOLOGICAL)

  HALL OF FAMER POS.* YEAR INDUCTED
1. Ty Cobb CF, RF 1936
1. Babe Ruth RF, LF, LHP 1936
1. Honus Wagner SS, OF, 1B, 3B 1936
1. Christy Mathewson RHP 1936
1. Walter Johnson RHP 1936
6. Jackie Robinson 2B, 3B, 1B, LF 1962
6. Bob Feller RHP 1962
8. Ted Williams LF, RF 1966
9. Stan Musial 1B, LF, RF, CF 1969
10. Sandy Koufax LHP 1972
11. Warren Spahn LHP 1973
12. Mickey Mantle CF, 1B, RF, LF 1974
13. Ernie Banks 1B, SS 1977
14. Willie Mays CF 1979
15. Al Kaline RF, CF, DH, 1B 1980
16. Bob Gibson RHP 1981
17. Hank Aaron RF, LF, CF, 1B, DH 1982
17. Frank Robinson RF, LF, DH, 1B, CF 1982
19. Brooks Robinson 3B 1983
20. Lou Brock LF, RF, CF 1985
21. Willie McCovey 1B, LF 1986
22. Willie Stargell LF, 1B 1988
23. Carl Yastrzemski LF, 1B, DH, CF 1989
23. Johnny Bench C, 3B, 1B 1989
25. Jim Palmer RHP 1990
25. Joe Morgan 2B 1990
27. Rod Carew 1B, 2B 1991
28. Tom Seaver RHP 1992
29. Reggie Jackson RF, DH, CF 1993
30. Steve Carlton LHP 1994
31. Mike Schmidt 3B, 1B 1995
32. Nolan Ryan RHP 1999
32. George Brett 3B, DH, 1B 1999
32. Robin Yount SS, CF, DH 1999
35. Dave Winfield RF, LF, DH, CF 2001
35. Kirby Puckett CF, RF 2001
37. Ozzie Smith SS 2002
38. Eddie Murray 1B, DH 2003
39. Paul Molitor DH, 3B, 2B, 1B 2004
39. Dennis Eckersley RHP 2004
41. Wade Boggs 3B, DH 2005
42. Cal Ripken SS, 3B 2007
42. Tony Gwynn RF, CF 2007
44. Rickey Henderson LF, CF, DH 2009
45. Greg Maddux RHP 2014
45. Tom Glavine LHP 2014
45. Frank Thomas DH, 1B 2014
48. Randy Johnson RHP 2015
48. Pedro Martinez RHP 2015
48. John Smoltz RHP 2015
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