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Last night, the Braves’ Jonny Venters
Only 1 pitcher in MLB history has had 3 consecutive outings in which he has faced 3 batters and struck them all out. Can you guess who it is? Another 17 have managed to do it in 2 straight games. No one has had multiple streaks, and several pitchers that I expected to make the list did not. All in all, there have been 1,543 outings that meet those criteria in MLB history, the vast majority of them since 1990.
I should emphasize that, in order to make the research feasible, this list is only for outings of exactly 3 batters in length. So outings with, say, 4 batters faced and 4 strikeouts won’t count.
I think Armando Benitez
The only player with more career 3 BF/3 K games than Benitez (who had 21) is Billy Wagner
The most surprising player who did make the list, for me, is Ron RobinsonEric Gagne Byung-Hyun Kim John Rocker Billy Koch Jonathan Broxton
Still, we can appreciate these guys while they are in their primes, and root for them to achieve ever more ridiculous feats of dominance. Accordingly, I hope everyone tunes into Venters’ next outing to see if he can match Benitez’s streak. Even among modern flame-throwing relievers, such a streak is rare, and very impressive.
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