A.J. Griffin has had an interesting start to his career. The A’s rookie righty has made six starts, each of them lasting exactly six innings:
In only one game did Griffin even start the seventh inning. He pitched to one batter in the 7th in his debut. Other than that . . . its six innings/18 outs . . . and nothing else.
That got us thinking, what are the longest starting pitcher streaks of exactly “x” innings pitched? To the Baseball Reference Play Index we go. Here is the most recent pitcher to tie/set each mark, along with the number of different players/instances hitting this mark (all records since 1918):
Bruce Chen! Bruce Chen appears on this list three different times . . . for three different teams. Bruce Chen! (Did I mention “Bruce Chen”?). Duane Ward eventually found his true calling as a reliever. I don’t think anyone will pitch 16 games of nine innings in a SEASON anymore, much less consecutively and/or exactly nine innings, as Red Lucas did.
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