The Maddux streak

In the most recent version of his consistently excellent newsletter, Craig Wright proclaimed a new record for Greg Maddux: most consecutive games as a starting pitcher. This one is tough to prove, of course, but Craig looked into his files to see if any other pitcher had made as many consecutive starts for his team. Here’s his conclusion:

It is safe to say that during Maddux’s streak he conformed more closely to his team’s rotation than any other pitcher with a lengthy streak of consecutive starts. Once Maddux started a season during his streak, the longest gap between any of his starts was 10 days, and that happened only once.

From 1987 to 2008, Maddux never significantly missed his turn in the rotation. That’s a streak of 712 consecutive starts, during which he went 347-212 with a 3.08.

Although this is a “soft” record, it’s a tremendous feat. Greg Maddux was a fantastic pitcher in so many respects, but this feat belongs near the top of any list of his major accomplishments. Congrats to Craig for uncovering further proof of Maddux’s greatness.

I highly recommend a subscription to Craig’s A Page from Baseball’s Past.


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Cyril Morong
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Cyril Morong
I raised this issue on the SABR-List in 2005 (March 18). I wrote: “In the 17 seasons from 1988-2004, Maddux was in the top 10 in the NL in games started 15 times. He lead or tied 6 times. The only two years he started fewer than 32 games were the strike years, 1994-95. In 1994, he started 25 games, more than 1/5 of his team’s total and he was only 1 start behind the leader. In 1995 he did not make the top 10 but started 28 games, just a little less than 1/5 of his team’s total. Looking… Read more »
Cyril Morong
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Cyril Morong

Maddux started on Aug. 9, 1995 and did not start again until Aug. 20. Matt Murray started the game on Aug. 14. The Braves played every day in between the 9th and the 20th except the 17th.

Cyril Morong
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Cyril Morong

On news article says Maddux had flu like symptons and that is why he did not pitch on the 14th.

I think he reovered. On the 20th he 2 hit the Cards, winning 1-0 in a complete game with 9 K’s and no walks or HBP. 88 pitches and one hour 50 minutes.

Dave Studeman
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Dave Studeman

Great research, Cyril.  Thanks!  Sounds like Craig may need to modify his research somewhat.

Cyril Morong
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Cyril Morong

You’re welcome. No problem. But I think it was probably alot harder to check all his starts to see how long the streak was.

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