Jaime Garcia’s Efficient, Impressive Shutout

by on August 23, 2010 · 0 comments

Sick of reading about how great Jaime Garcia‘s start yesterday was?  Good, me neither, so here’s some more…

Derrick Goold and Brian Walton have already covered how Garcia’s start ranked in efficiency – Bird Land comparing fewest number of pitches for a 2010 MLB shutout, and The Cardinal Nation Blog comparing to other past Cardinal starts.

Not only did Garcia’s start include the second fewest pitches thrown in nine inning game in 2010, it was the 21st fewest since 2000 (Baseball Reference doesn’t have pitch counts prior to 2000).  Pretty impressive.

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO Pit BF AB
1 Aaron Cook 2007-07-25 COL SDP W 10-2 9.0 7 2 2 0 2 74 31 31
2 Carlos Silva 2005-05-20 MIN MIL W 7-1 9.0 5 1 1 0 3 74 30 30
3 Jon Lieber 2001-05-24 CHC CIN W 3-0 9.0 1 0 0 1 2 78 27 26
4 Aaron Cook 2008-07-01 COL SDP W 4-0 9.0 5 0 0 0 4 79 30 30
5 Luke Hochevar 2009-06-12 KCR CIN W 4-1 9.0 3 1 1 1 3 80 30 29
6 Rich Harden 2005-07-14 OAK TEX W 6-0 9.0 2 0 0 0 8 81 29 29
7 Roy Halladay 2001-10-05 (1) TOR CLE W 5-0 9.0 2 0 0 0 8 83 29 29
8 Steve Sparks 2001-06-19 DET NYY W 7-1 9.0 3 1 1 2 0 84 28 26
9 Carlos Silva 2005-07-18 MIN BAL L 2-3 9.0 8 2 2 1 2 85 33 32
10 Jason Marquis 2009-06-30 COL LAD W 3-0 9.0 2 0 0 0 3 86 29 29
11 Tim Hudson 2004-04-10 OAK SEA W 2-1 9.0 4 1 1 0 2 86 30 30
12 Mark Mulder 2001-09-02 OAK TBD W 3-1 9.0 4 1 1 0 8 86 30 30
13 Bartolo Colon 2003-06-07 CHW LAD W 4-1 9.0 4 1 1 0 5 87 31 30
14 Odalis Perez 2002-06-25 LAD COL W 4-0 9.0 1 0 0 1 6 87 28 27
15 Todd Ritchie 2001-07-13 PIT KCR W 1-0 9.0 1 0 0 0 6 87 29 27
16 John Halama 2000-05-17 SEA MIN W 4-0 9.0 4 0 0 0 2 87 29 29
17 Armando Galarraga 2010-06-02 DET CLE W 3-0 9.0 1 0 0 0 3 88 28 28
18 Roy Oswalt 2005-06-12 HOU TOR W 3-0 9.0 2 0 0 0 3 88 29 29
19 Sidney Ponson 2004-04-20 BAL TBD W 9-1 9.0 4 1 1 1 2 88 32 31
20 Chris Carpenter 2000-04-21 TOR NYY W 8-3 9.0 5 3 3 0 3 88 32 30
21 Jaime Garcia 2010-08-22 STL SFG W 9-0 9.0 3 0 0 0 6 89 28 28
22 Pedro Astacio 2006-08-15 WSN ATL W 5-0 9.0 2 0 0 0 5 89 29 29
23 Roy Halladay 2006-05-13 TOR TBD W 8-1 9.0 3 1 1 1 3 89 28 27
24 Sidney Ponson 2003-07-10 BAL SEA W 4-1 9.0 7 1 1 1 6 89 33 32
25 Chris Reitsma 2002-07-15 CIN MIL W 2-0 9.0 5 0 0 3 4 89 32 29
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 8/23/2010.

Additionally, Garcia’s start ranked highly on Game Score.  We’ve discussed Game Score here before, but for a quick refresher:

GmSc – Game Score – This is a value created by Bill James that evaluates how good a pitcher’s start was.

Start with 50 points. Add 1 point for each out recorded, (or 3 points per inning). Add 2 points for each inning completed after the 4th. Add 1 point for each strikeout. Subtract 2 points for each hit allowed. Subtract 4 points for each earned run allowed. Subtract 2 points for each unearned run allowed. Subtract 1 point for each walk.

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO GSc BF AB
1 Brandon Morrow 2010-08-08 TOR TBR W 1-0 9.0 1 0 0 2 17 100 31 29
2 Roy Halladay 2010-05-29 PHI FLA W 1-0 9.0 0 0 0 0 11 98 27 27
3 Matt Cain 2010-05-28 SFG ARI W 5-0 9.0 1 0 0 0 9 94 29 28
4 Travis Wood 2010-07-10 CIN PHI L 0-1 9.0 1 0 0 0 8 93 28 28
5 Johnny Cueto 2010-05-11 CIN PIT W 9-0 9.0 1 0 0 0 8 93 28 27
6 Dallas Braden 2010-05-09 OAK TBR W 4-0 9.0 0 0 0 0 6 93 27 27
7 Ted Lilly 2010-08-19 LAD COL W 2-0 9.0 2 0 0 2 11 92 30 28
8 Anibal Sanchez 2010-07-29 FLA SFG W 5-0 9.0 1 0 0 1 8 92 29 28
9 Matt Garza 2010-07-26 TBR DET W 5-0 9.0 0 0 0 1 6 92 27 26
10 R.A. Dickey 2010-08-13 NYM PHI W 1-0 9.0 1 0 0 1 7 91 29 28
11 Roy Oswalt 2010-07-08 HOU PIT W 2-0 9.0 1 0 0 2 8 91 31 28
12 Felix Hernandez 2010-06-30 SEA NYY W 7-0 9.0 2 0 0 3 11 91 32 29
13 Jonathon Niese 2010-06-10 (2) NYM SDP W 3-0 9.0 1 0 0 0 6 91 28 28
14 Mat Latos 2010-05-13 SDP SFG W 1-0 9.0 1 0 0 0 6 91 28 28
15 Vicente Padilla 2010-08-04 LAD SDP W 9-0 9.0 2 0 0 2 9 90 30 28
16 John Danks 2010-07-08 CHW LAA W 1-0 9.0 2 0 0 0 7 90 30 30
17 Adam Wainwright 2010-06-04 STL MIL W 8-0 9.0 2 0 0 1 8 90 30 29
18 Colby Lewis 2010-04-30 TEX SEA W 2-0 9.0 3 0 0 1 10 90 31 30
19 C.J. Wilson 2010-08-20 TEX BAL W 2-0 8.2 3 0 0 1 12 89 30 29
20 Yovani Gallardo 2010-06-24 MIL MIN W 5-0 9.0 5 0 0 0 12 89 32 32
21 Cliff Lee 2010-07-27 TEX OAK W 3-1 9.0 5 1 0 0 13 88 32 32
22 Colby Lewis 2010-06-19 TEX HOU W 5-1 9.0 2 1 1 0 9 88 28 28
23 Jeff Niemann 2010-06-08 TBR TOR W 9-0 9.0 2 0 0 1 6 88 30 28
24 Armando Galarraga 2010-06-02 DET CLE W 3-0 9.0 1 0 0 0 3 88 28 28
25 Ricky Romero 2010-05-15 TOR TEX W 6-0 9.0 5 0 0 1 12 88 32 31
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO GSc BF AB
26 Jamie Moyer 2010-05-07 PHI ATL W 7-0 9.0 2 0 0 0 5 88 28 28
27 Josh Johnson 2010-04-26 FLA SDP W 10-1 9.0 3 1 1 1 12 88 31 28
28 Ubaldo Jimenez 2010-04-17 COL ATL W 4-0 9.0 0 0 0 6 7 88 31 25
29 Jaime Garcia 2010-08-22 STL SFG W 9-0 9.0 3 0 0 0 6 87 28 28
30 Johan Santana 2010-08-12 NYM COL W 4-0 9.0 4 0 0 2 10 87 32 30
31 Adam Wainwright 2010-08-06 STL FLA W 7-0 9.0 2 0 0 3 7 87 31 28
32 Justin Masterson 2010-06-09 CLE BOS W 11-0 9.0 2 0 0 2 6 87 29 27
33 Mat Latos 2010-05-07 SDP HOU W 7-0 8.0 2 0 0 0 9 87 26 26
34 David Price 2010-04-25 TBR TOR W 6-0 9.0 4 0 0 1 9 87 31 30
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/23/2010.

So Garcia put up the 29th-best start of the entire 2010 season, according to James’ metric. It could’ve been ranked even higher, except for some pretty gaudy strikeout numbers ahead of him. Adding strikeouts would’ve only increased Garcia’s pitch count and perhaps made him less effective. It really was a fantastic outing for the youngster, and encouraging seeing his arm and stuff bounce back after struggling in prior starts.

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