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Clay Buchholz is one win away from unbeaten history

Sep 16, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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I’m not much for pitcher win-loss records, but this is still kind of neat.

Yesterday Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz tossed six innings of one-run ball against the Yankees, improving to 11-0 with a 1.51 ERA on the season. Buchholz has been limited to just 14 starts because of injuries, but he’s one win away from tying the all-time record for most victories in a season without a loss.

Tom Zachary    1929   Yankees     12
CLAY BUCHHOLZ  2013   Red Sox     11
Dennis Lamp    1985   Blue Jays   11
Aaron Small    2005   Yankees     10
Howie Krist    1941   Cardinals   10

Buchholz is the only full-time starter on that list and his 1.51 ERA is by far the best of the bunch.

I’m of the opinion that knowing a pitcher has a 1.51 ERA, 90/34 K/BB ratio in 95 innings, and just two homers allowed in 14 starts is more than enough to tell you they’ve pitched incredibly well, but “11-0” still looks pretty cool and 12-0 would make some history.

  1. shaggylocks - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    It’s a real shame injuries will prevent him from reaching 162 innings this year. He’s been a heck of a lot of fun to watch.

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      It’s like this all the time with him it seems. If he pitches other-wordly, the gods have to injure him to even him out. If he stays healthy, they have to make him mediocre.


      • Kevin S. - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Because he stole laptops.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Don’t jinx it, Aaron. After you stating that, I hope Buccholz has the mighty power of the that infamous “spitball” he seems to use against Toronto.

  3. Jeremy T - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Oh man. Aaron Small. What a weird season that was.

    • rje49 - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Yeah, the next year he was 0-3 and that was it for his career.

  4. Detroit Michael - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Good to know that Tom Zachery did something else notable. I only recalled him as the guy who gave up Babe Ruth’s 60th homer in 1927, if I recall correctly.

    • Reflex - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Wow, you are very old to recall that…

  5. bosfaninva - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Dennis Lamp? I love lamp.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM


  6. aceshigh11 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Goddamn…if he finds out about this, I have a feeling he’s gonna choke.

    Nevertheless, he’s had a remarkable season, injuries or no. It’ll be tragic if he never reaches his full potential due to physical fragility…

    …BUT, you’ve gotta figure…he’s 29. He’s not a kid anymore (time flies) so maybe this is as good as it gets.

  7. mornelithe - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Hmmm, wouldn’t it be 2 wins away? He’s got 2 starts before the end of the regular season…unless it’s a ND. But, either way, he’s two games away, right?

  8. felser - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    The undefeated thing is largely a fluke. Take out the undefeated seasons from the career records of the other four pitchers on the list, and they combined to go 301-311 for the other seasons in their careers. What Buchholz is doing this season is beyond fluke. The 1.51 ERA and 1.01 WHIP tell more of a story than the W-L (though I’m sure there is a good bit of luck involved, his BABIP must be very low). He is a far better pitcher than the others, who were mediocrities who caught lightning in a bottle for one season.

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