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The Red Sox and Rays played the 39th 1-0 game of 2011

Jul 18, 2011, 3:18 PM EST

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Sunday night’s 16-inning marathon won by the Red Sox was the 39th 1-0 game of 2011.  If that sounds like a lot, it is.  We’re currently on pace for the most 1-0 games since 1976.

With scoring depressed, the number of 1-0 games shot way up last year and has only continued to increase.  Here’s the number of 1-0 games each season since 1990:

1990 – 43
1991 – 55
1992 – 58
1993 – 36
1994 – 26
1995 – 29
1996 – 26
1997 – 29
1998 – 32
1999 – 27
2000 – 29
2001 – 36
2002 – 42
2003 – 31
2004 – 35
2005 – 40
2006 – 39
2007 – 34
2008 – 38
2009 – 36
2010 – 62
2011 – 39

At the current pace, we’d end this season with 66 1-0 games, the high total since there were 72 in 1976.

The Twins have been on the winning side of five of the 1-0 games this year, while the Indians and Dodgers have won three apiece.

On the other hand, the Padres have lost five 1-0 games, including one to the Twins back on June 18.  The Marlins and Nationals have both lost three 1-0 games.

  1. Ari Collins - Jul 18, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Check out that ’94-’00 peak. Only broke 30 once, and that was 32.

  2. Ari Collins - Jul 18, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    I really wish people could simply adjust for high- and low-scoring eras instead of needing to moralize about it.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jul 18, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      Ari- Can you imagine a Red Sox Yanks 1-0? I might last less than four hours.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

        That’s doubtful.

      • Ari Collins - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:04 PM

        If you last more than four hours, contact a doctor.

  3. Matthew Pouliot - Jul 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    I probably should have noted that ’94 and ’95 are deflated by the strike. Plus, there have been seven percent more games since the D’Backs and Rays joined the league in ’98.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:05 PM

      Good point. Displaying the percentage of games that are 1-0 would probably be the best way to correct for that.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM

        Very true, but even on a percentage basis, 2011 is still the highest rate since ’76. 1989 would be very close, though.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    I would just like to remind everyone that steroids don’t help hitting at all.

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