History repeating itself
If it seems like we’re watching something special right now, it’s because we are.
The first few days of the playoffs have not only been entertaining, they’ve been historical. At least, from a pitching standpoint.
As a fitting followup to Roy Halladay’s no-hitter for the Phillies over the Reds on Wednesday, Tim Lincecum turned in one of the more dominating playoff performances ever on Thursday. The two-time Cy Young Award winner struck out 14 while allowing two hits in the Giants’ 1-0 win over the Braves.
Halladay’s effort had more histocial meaning because he tossed the second no-hitter in postseason history. Prior to Doc taking the mound at Citizens Bank Park, Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series had stood alone as the only no-hit postseason effort.
Still, Lincecum placed himself in elite company.
For just the 22nd time in playoff history a pitcher has logged a complete-game shutout while allowing two or fewer hits. It’s already happened twice in the first two days of the playoffs.
There is a Marlins’ connection to this piece of postseason history. Josh Beckett is one of the 22 to have a complete-game, shutout win in the playoffs with two or less hits.
In Game 5 of the 2003 NL Championship Series, Beckett blanked the Cubs on two-hits while he struck out 11.
All-time playoff nine-inning, complete-game, shutout wins with pitchers allowing two or less hits.
* Josh Beckett, 10/12/2003, Florida v. Chicago Cubs, 2 H, 1 BB, 11 K
* Vida Blue, 10/8/1974, Oakland v. Baltimore, 2 H, 0 BB, 7 K
* Nelson Briles, 10/14/1971, Pittsburgh v. Baltimore, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K
* Mordecai Brown, 10/12/1906, Cubs v. White Sox, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K
* Roger Clemens, 10/14/2000, New York Yankees v. Seattle, 1 H, 2 BB, 15 K
* Dave Dravecky, 10/7/1987, San Francisco v. St. Louis, 2 H, 4 BB, 6 K
* George Earnshaw, 10/6/1931, Philadelphia v. St. Louis, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K
* Whitey Ford, 10/4/1961, Yankees v. Cincinnati, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K
* Roy Halladay, 10/6/2010, Philadelphia v. Cincinnati, 0 H, 1 BB, 8 K
* Waite Hoyt, 10/6/1921, Yankees v. New York Giants, 2 H, 5 BB, 5 K
* Bill James, 10/10/1914, Boston v. Philadelphia, 2 H, 3 BB, 8 K
* Bobby Jones, 10/8/2000, New York Mets v. San Francisco, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K
* Don Larsen, 10/8/1956, Yankees v. Brooklyn, 0 H, 0 BB, 7 K
* Tim Lincecum, 10/7/2010, San Francisco v. Atlanta, 2 H, 1 BB, 14 K
* Jim Lonborg, 10/5/1967, Boston v. St. Louis, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K
* Jon Matlack, 10/7/1973, Mets v. Cincinnati, 2 H, 3 BB, 9 K
* Claude Passeau, 10/5/1945, Cubs v. Detroit, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
* Monte Pearson, 10/5/1939, Yankees v. Cincinnati, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K
* Vic Raschi, 10/4/1950, Yankees v. Philadelphia, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K
* Allie Reynolds, 10/5/1949, Yankees v. Brooklyn, 2 H 4 BB, 9 K
* Warren Spahn, 10/5/1958, Milwaukee Braves v. Yankees, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K
* Ed Walsh, 10/11/1906, White Sox v. Cubs, 2 H, 1 BB, 12 K
— Joe Frisaro