One-hit shutouts are also quite rare
If there was anybody who actually bought into that speculation that the Braves might actually trade Jair Jurrjens before this year’s trade deadline, I guess Jurrjens basically killed those ridiculous thoughts last night.
Yes, within the next year or two there could certainly come a point when the Braves need to move either Jurrjens or Tommy Hanson. But looking through this season’s final three months, it seems quite safe to assume they’ll stick with these two young hurlers who rank among the National League’s top four in ERA.
With last night’s one-hit shutout victory over the Orioles, Jurrjens lowered his Major League-best ERA to 1.87 and became the NL’s first pitcher to 11 wins.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Jurrjens is only the second Braves pitcher since the NL started calculating ERA in 1912 to notch 11 wins and post a sub-2.00 ERA in his first 15 starts of a season. The other was Tom Glavine, who had 11 wins and a 1.53 ERA through his first 15 starts of 2002.
Also from Elias: With Jurrjens matching the one-hit masterpiece Tim Hudson completed against the Brewers on May 4, this marks the first time since 1976 that the Braves have had two complete game one hitters or no-hitters in one season. Phil Niekro and Andy Messersmith both threw one-hitters in 1976.
Via research done on STATS PASS this afternoon, it appears last night marked just the 23rd time since 1946 that a Braves pitcher allowed one hit or fewer while notching a shutout. It marked just the 11th time has happened in Atlanta history (since 1966). Taking away a five-inning shutout Greg Maddux was credited for in 1997, this was just the 22nd time in franchise history and 10th time in franchise history.
There have been seven uncombined no-hitters in Braves franchise history with two of them coming during the Atlanta years – Niekro (1973) and Kent Mercker (1994). With last night’s performance, there have now been 15 one-hit shutouts (min. 9 IP) in franchise history and eight of them have been completed during the Atlanta years.
I’m just throwing all of this out there to show how unique these masterpieces created by Jurrjens and Hudson truly were. Neither Glavine or Maddux notched one-hit shutouts while pitching for the Braves. John Smoltz’s only one came during a May 30, 1999 win over the Reds.
Since then, the Braves have seen their pitchers allow one hit or fewer in a shutout victory just three times. Hudson is responsible for two of those occasions – 5/1/2006 and 5/4/2011 – and of course Jurrjens is responsible for the other.
Warren Spahn was responsible for four of the 22 times a Braves pitcher has allowed one-hit or fewer in a shutout victory. Tony Cloninger (2), Hudson, Denny Lemaster (2) and Niekro (2) are the only other pitchers to do so multiple times in franchise history.
Speaking of Spahn, this marks the 48th anniversary of his epic battle against Juan Marichal and the Giants at Candlestick Park. The Giants’ 1-0, 16-inning victory was claimed courtesy of the walk-off homer Willie Mays hit against Spahn, who was charged with just the one run and nine hits in 15 1/3 innings. Marichal allowed eight hits over 16 scoreless innings.
Those wondering what kind of effect this had on Spahn should know he returned five days later and tossed a shutout against the Astros. But his next start was made nearly three full weeks later. As for Marichal, he was credited with 10 complete games in the 21 starts he made in 1963 after his the battle with Spahn.