Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 44

Roy Halladay fails to tie Robin Roberts for a major-league record.

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 44


Although Roy Halladay led the National League with eight complete games, he finished behind Tampa Bay's James Shields (11) for the major league title.

That means his streak of leading the major leagues in complete games came to a halt at four, one off the mark set by the Phillies' Robin Roberts.

Pitchers that have led the majors in complete games for three or more consecutive seasons (*tied for lead):

Yrs.    Pitchers Seasons (CG)
5 Robin Roberts     1952 (30), 1953 (33), 1954 (29), 1955 (25), 1956 (22)   
4 Roy Halladay 2007 (7), 2008 (9), 2009 (9), 2010 (9) 
4 Warren Spahn  1957 (18), 1958 (23), 1959 (21), 1960 (*18) 
3 Wes Ferrell 1935 (31), 1936 (*28), 1937 (26)
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