Dodgers' Josh Beckett is halfway to tying unenviable record

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

It's been a long time since Josh Beckett notched a ‘W.' (USATSI)
It's been a long time since Josh Beckett notched a ‘W.' (USATSI)

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On Thursday, Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett pitched well in his eventual no-decision against the Giants. Although in doing so he lowered his 2014 ERA to a nifty 2.80, Beckett hasn't recorded a win since September 30, 2012. Thanks to injuries that span encompasses just 14 starts, but that 14 starts is enough to put Beckett halfway toward making an unfortunate kind of history.

The all-time record for most consecutive starts without a win is 28, and it's shared by Jo-Jo Reyes (Blue Jays, 2008-11), Matt Keough (Athletics, 1978-79) and Cliff Curtis (Red Sox, 1910-11). Those of a certain age will remember that Anthony Young of the Mets, who in from 1992 to 1993 not only went 27 straight starts without a win but also lost 27 straight decisions (including some relief outings).

I have pretty much zero use for pitcher wins and losses as a stat of any import, but Beckett's ongoing streak is indeed notable. As noted, he's pitched well this season, but the challenge is sticking around in a rotation long enough to reach 27 straight starts without a win, let alone a contending rotation like L.A.'s.

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