Greinke ties record for consecutive starts with two or fewer runs

Greinke shut the D-Backs down on Friday night.
Greinke shut the D-Backs down on Friday night. (USATSI)

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With Clayton Kershaw sidelined by a back problem, former AL Cy Young award winner Zack Greinke has had to step in to serve as the Dodgers' ace. He is more than up to the task, and on Friday night he held the Diamondbacks to one run in six innings, lowering his season ERA to 2.42.

Dating back to last July, Greinke has now allowed no more than two runs in each of his last 16 starts. If that sounds like a lot, it sure is. It is tied for the all-time record, in fact. Here is the leaderboard, courtesy of the Baseball-Reference Play Index (full list):

Rk Strk StartEndGamesWLIPHRERBBSOHRERATm
1 Ferdie Schupp 1916-07-13 1917-05-17 16 12 2 135.1 74 16 12 32 75 3 0.80 NYG
2 Zack Greinke 2013-07-30 2014-04-12 15 10 1 96.0 75 19 19 17 94 8 1.78 LAD
3 Mat Latos 2010-06-10 2010-09-07 15 9 1 96.1 62 17 16 24 114 6 1.49 SDP
4 Al Benton 1945-04-19 1945-08-06 15 11 2 118.0 86 16 13 35 46 3 0.99 DET
5 Greg Maddux 1993-08-11 1994-04-14 14 11 1 112.1 79 18 15 18 82 2 1.20 ATL
6 Mike Scott 1986-05-09 1986-07-07 14 6 3 109.1 67 20 18 22 115 6 1.48 HOU
7 Jose Fernandez 2013-07-13 2014-04-05 13 9 1 86.2 50 13 12 23 105 4 1.25 MIA
8 Josh Johnson 2010-05-13 2010-07-22 13 7 2 91.1 67 9 8 13 94 2 0.79 FLA
9 Ubaldo Jimenez 2009-10-02 2010-06-06 13 12 1 93.1 54 10 10 33 88 2 0.96 COL
10 Johan Santana 2008-09-01 2009-05-11 13 8 2 90.1 70 17 13 26 107 3 1.30 NYM
11 Greg Maddux 1995-05-23 1995-07-29 13 9 0 105.2 72 14 14 8 91 4 1.19 ATL
12 Dwight Gooden 1985-08-31 1986-05-06 13 9 1 111.0 69 12 10 22 95 2 0.81 NYM
13 Tom Seaver 1971-07-17 1971-09-16 13 8 3 114.1 72 15 12 25 114 5 0.94 NYM
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/19/2014.


Baseball-Reference has not yet been updated to included Friday's game, but Greinke has indeed tied Schupp at the top of the list. His ERA during this 16-start stretch is now 1.76 in 102 innings. Notice that Jose Fernandez recently had his run of 13 straight starts with two or fewer runs ended less than two weeks ago.

The last time Greinke allowed more than two runs in a start was last July 25, when the Reds got to him for four runs in seven innings. In case you're wondering, the all-time record for consecutive starts with three or fewer runs is 26 by Chris Short for the 1967-68 Phillies.

Obviously this isn't a punch your ticket to Cooperstown piece of history, but it is a fun little fact. Sixteen straight starts (and counting) without allowing more than two runs is pretty damn impressive.

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