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The year in shutouts

Jun 13, 2011, 8:50 PM EST

Justin Verlander

I wanted to dig into scoreless games for a minute. Here’s a look at the teams throwing the most and fewest and then the teams that are on the other end.

Throwing shutouts

Most
Braves – 8
Brewers – 8
Phillies – 8
Rangers – 8
Tigers – 8
Mariners – 7

Fewest
Blue Jays – 1
Cubs – 1
Astros – 2
Reds – 2
Yankees – 2

Nothing seems especially out of place there, except maybe Detroit’s ranking. The Tigers are just 23rd in MLB in ERA. They do have Justin Verlander, of course, but he’s been on the mound for just two of the shutouts.

Getting shut out

Most
Padres – 11
Angels – 9
Nationals – 9
Pirates – 8
Athletics – 7
Indians – 7

Fewest
Astros – 1
Diamondbacks – 1
Blue Jays – 2
Mariners – 2
Orioles – 2
Rangers – 2
Reds – 2
Tigers – 2

Ah, yes, the Padres. That was my reason for pulling up the numbers in the first place. Baseball’s lowest scoring team has been shut out 11 times. But not making the list were the Giants. They’ve scored just six more runs than the Padres this season (230 to 224), but they’ve only been shut out six times.

Seeing Houston on the second list is a something of a shocker. The Astros rank 18th in MLB scoring at 262 runs, but they always manage at least one or two runs per game. The Red Sox, who lead the majors with 350 runs, have already been shut out five times, while the Yankees, in second with 330 runs, have been held scoreless four times.

  1. dan1111 - Jun 14, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    Perhaps this is partly due to division and league strength. The Astros face few elite pitchers in the NL Central. They have only played three games against the Phillies.

  2. skipp - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    In addition to Houston I’m surprised that Baltimore (258 R) hasn’t been shut out more, they look pretty lost up there sometimes. I’m also surprised to see Texas in the lead with 8 shutouts. Their starters have been a little shady and it’s not like the bullpen is exceptionally deep. Ogando deserves a raise based on this analysis alone.

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