Fabulous No Decisions

Today Matt Cain pitched 9 innings, allowed 0 runs, and got a no-decision. His last start he also pitched 9 innings and allowed 0 runs, although that time he got a win. It’s not that uncommon to have a 9+ inning game with 0 runs lead to a no-decision: it’s happened 348 times since 1918, including 4 times in both 2011 and 2010.

  • Oddly enough, the two most recent times (before tonight) were both by Jered Weaver last year: August 5 and May 28.
  • The craziest of them all may have been Gaylord Perry‘s performance on September 1, 1967, in which he pitched 16 scoreless innings, but didn’t get the win, though the Giants did win 1-0 in the 21st inning.
  • Don Sutton holds the record for most such games, with 7 over his illustrious career. Ouch. Tom Seaver had 6.
  • In terms of consecutive games, two pitchers have “bested” Cain, throwing 2 consecutive scoreless 9+ IP games but receiving no-decisions: Dwight Gooden and George Brunet. The latter is notable mainly for being consistently below average over a 15-year-long career.
  • Relaxing the 9+ IP limit, in 2005 Roger Clemens pitched 3 consecutive games of 7 IP, 0 run ball, but got no decisions in each. Moreover, the Yankees lost all three games 0-1. This 21 IP streak is the longest ever.