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Brett Myers makes history by throwing six-plus innings in 30th straight start

Sep 14, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

Brett Myers’ career-year continued last night with seven innings of one-run ball in a win over the Brewers and he also made some history by becoming just the seventh pitcher since 1920 to throw six or more innings in each of his first 30 starts.
The previous six: Bob Gibson (1968 and 1969), Fergie Jenkins (1972), Tom Seaver (1974), Steve Carlton (1980), Jack McDowell (1993), Curt Schilling (2002).
Myers isn’t exactly an obvious fit in that star-studded group, but he’s quietly been one of the league’s best pitchers after signing a one-year, $5.1 million contract with the Astros. He ranks fourth in innings (205) and eighth in ERA (2.85) while posting a 167/57 K/BB ratio and .245 opponents’ batting average.
Myers put himself in position to potentially make a lot of money back on the open market, but opted against another crack at free agency by signing a two-year, $23 million extension with the Astros last month. He’ll make $7 million next season and $11 million in 2012, with the Astros giving him a $2 million signing bonus and holding a $10 million option or $3 million buyout for 2013.

  1. mrolson911 - Sep 14, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Although he didn’t do it the first 30 starts of a season, Mark Buehrle had a 49 start streak over the course of 2004-2005. The streak was broken by an ejection on August 1, 2005 with Brian Gorman behind the plate. However, it was undoubtedly Joe West over at third base that was indirectly giving Buehrle the toss, as West’s anti-White Sox vendetta was already past its infancy and into its toddlercy.

  2. smokehouse - Sep 14, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Is this the same Brett Myers’ that they ran out of Philly last year. Bet they wish they had been a little more patient.

  3. Ags8th - Sep 14, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Run out of town is a bit harsh. As a free agent, the Phils needed to ask themselves if they wanted another 3 years of his temperament. No doubt he can pitch, but he’s a head case that put himself in situations in Philly that created conflict in the clubhouse. Sometimes a change of scenery is all that is needed to settle guys like him down.
    Personally, I love the guy and hope that he continues his success in Houston. Both Happ and he can be strong #1’s & 2’s for a long time to come.

  4. dprat - Sep 14, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Someone help me out with a little history here. So according to the story above, no one between 1920 and 1967 pitched six or more innings in each of their first 30 starts? I thought that pre-closer, pre-invention-of-the-save-stat era was when men were men, and pitchers started what they finished? So what gives here? What nuance of baseball history am I missing?

  5. dprat - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Finished what they started… doh!

  6. Utley's hair - Sep 14, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Um…we got Doc, Oswalt and Hamels now. He had flashes of “brilliance,” but he also had a cantankerous attitude a lot of the time. Oh, and the postseason tickets are just about punched. So my answer to you is: We’re good.

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