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JunkStats returns from its long hiatus with a look at the pitchers who were used to get exactly 3 outs the most consecutive times.

Craig Kimbrel of the Braves recorded only 2 outs last night (he came on with 1 out in the 9th inning and closed out an 8-5 victory). This is notable because in each of Kimbrel’s previous 35 appearances, he had pitched exactly 1 inning.

That seemed like a really long streak, which of course inspired me to do some research to see exactly how long it was, historically speaking. Using Baseball-Reference’s marvelous Play Index, I found that Kimbrel’s 35 straight games of 1 inning makes for the 12th-longest such streak of all time. Here are the top 12 streaks:

EDIT 2/6/12: Updated to include the end of Axford’s streak. He threw a third of an inning in a 2-0 Brewers loss on August 24th

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, snapping his 1-inning streak at 58 games. I’ve also made a few edits in the paragraphs below, noted with crossed-out text.

Rk Player Strk Start End Games SV IP ERA Tm
1 Francisco Cordero
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2008-07-27 2009-07-19 62
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35 62.0 2.18 CIN
2 John Axford
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2011-04-06 2011-08-06 58
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32 52.0 1.90 MIL
3 Trevor Hoffman
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2005-08-16 2006-07-08 53
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37 53.0 1.19 SDP
4 Brad Lidge
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2007-09-25 2008-07-22 45
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25 45.0 1.40 HOU-PHI
5 Jose Mesa
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1995-05-16 1995-08-31 45
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35 45.0 1.20 CLE
6 Eddie Guardado
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2005-04-04 2005-08-25 44
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29 44.0 1.64 SEA
7 Todd Jones
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2007-07-08 2008-05-17 42
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23 42.0 3.43 DET
8 Heath Bell
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2010-10-02 2011-07-17 40
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27 40.0 2.70 SDP
9 Rafael Soriano
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2007-09-17 2009-05-19 39
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9 39.0 1.85 ATL
10 Trevor Hoffman
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2009-07-29 2010-05-16 38
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20 38.0 4.97 MIL
11 Trevor Hoffman
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2003-09-02 2004-06-29 36
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18 36.0 2.00 SDP
12 Craig Kimbrel
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2011-05-21 2011-08-07 35
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23 35.0 1.29 ATL
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com
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Generated 2/6/2012.

Cordero’s 62-game streak lasted for nearly an entire year. It was preceded by a 1-out save and ended when he was brought in to get 1 out at the end of a road loss. That streak-ending appearance is really strange in context. Cordero hadn’t pitched in a week, so it made sense to get him some work, but why wait to bring him in until the there was only 1 out to go? He only threw 2 pitches (a hit and a groundout), and his Reds were down 4 runs at the time. Whatever your opinion on proper bullpen usage, that’s just a strange time to use your ace reliever.

Trevor Hoffman, unsurprisingly, makes the list 3 times. He should rightly be considered the king of the 3-out appearance. Mariano Rivera has been a better pitcher, but his longest streak of 1 IP appearances lasted only 17 games; Hoffman had 8 streaks of at least 20 games! And that includes 4 streaks of 30+ games and the 53-game streak that is–for now, anyway–the second-longest all time the third-longest of all time.

Closing in quickly on Passing Hoffman at #2 is his successor as the Brewers’ closer, John Axford. After starting this year with two straight appearances of 0.2 innings, Axford has reeled off an amazing 52 58 straight appearances of exactly 1 inning. That 52-game streak is already the single-season record, and it could easily surpass Cordero’s streak for #1 overall before the end of the year nearly surpassed Cordero’s record. Exciting! (Who needs a pennant race when you can monitor a junk stat streak like this?)

The era of the “1-inning reliever” is commonly thought to have begun in the late 80′s or early 90′s, but as you can see from the list above, it’s hit a whole other level in the 2000′s. In fact, of the 88 streaks of at least 20 games, 84 of them happened in the 2000′s. The only exceptions are Jose Mesa’s 45-game streak (listed above), another 27-gamer by Mesa from ’95 to ’96, a 33-gamer by Lee Smith from ’95 to ’96, and a 22-gamer by Tom Henke in 1992.

In other words, Trevor Hoffman had twice as many 20-game streaks in the 2000′s as everyone in baseball history combined had had up to that point.

The longest streak of 1-inning appearances before 1990 is a measly 13-game streak by Jeff Montgomery in 1989. That doesn’t even crack the top 200 streaks of all time, but it was quite long at the time. Before 1988, no MLB pitcher had gone exactly 1 inning in more than 8 straight games. Trevor Hoffman alone has had 21 streaks longer than that. There have also been 49 longer streaks just during the first 3/4 of the 2011 season.

It’s a brave new world that we’re living in.

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2 Responses to The Longest Streaks of Exactly One Inning Pitched

  1. Tyree says:

    Glad to have you back. I miss these

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  2. Tommy Walker
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    says:

    This stat is like crediting the catchers in no-hit games. Hey! Who are the all-time leaders in no-hitters caught? And *please* who are the managers who actually hold these records for using pitchers just because it’s their time to be used?

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