Sunday, August 2, 2015

Lefty's Streak By The Number

Steve Carlton's 1972 15-game winning streak .

Lefty's Streak By The Number

(Bill Ingraham/AP)
(Bill Ingraham/AP)

Forty years ago Friday, Phillies lefthander Steve Carlton completed his 15-game winning streak with a 9-4 victory over the Reds (right).

(Earlier this season, BoopStats touched on Carlton's masteful 1972 season from a different point of view. And we will do so again before the end of the summer.)

Here are the 18 starts that comprised Carlton’s 15-game winning streak — during which he had a 1.51 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP and held opponents to a .192 batting average.

 Date  Opponent  Result  Dec.   IP    H     R   ER   BB   SO   HR 
 June 7  Astros  W 3-1 11 
 June 11  Braves  W 3-1  0 
 June 16  at Astros  L  0-1 (11) —  10  12 
 June 21  at Braves  W 9-7 — 
 June 25  at Expos  W 1-0
 June 29  Mets  W 9-4 13 
 July 3  Giants  W 4-2
 July 7 (1st)  Padres  W 4-2
 July 11  Dodgers  W 4-1
 July 15  at Giants  W 11-4 — 
 July 19  at Padres  W 3-2 (11)  11 
 July 23  at Dodgers  W 2-0
 July 28  Cubs  W 2-0
 Aug. 1 (2nd)  at Mets  W 4-1
 Aug. 5  at Cardinals    W 5-0
 Aug. 9  at Pirates  W 2-0 12 
 Aug. 13 (1st)    Expos  W 2-1
 Aug. 17  Reds  W 9-4
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