A Day for Shutout Routs

Sunday was a great day for 13-0 shutouts.  There were two of them.  The Red Sox routed R.A. Dickey and the Jays in Toronto, and the Indians roughed up David Price and the Rays in Tampa.  This elicited a Twitter question for Jayson Stark:

Jayson Stark@jaysonst 

Exactly 13-0? Never in div-play era RT @FrankMcawesome: @jaysonst@EliasSports When was last time there was two 13-0 shutouts in one day?

I decided to investigate further.  There have been at least 452 games from 1871-2012 to end with a shutout margin of 13 or more.  Sunday was not only the first day with two 13-0 shutouts, but it was only the third day in MLB history that had at least two shutouts with the winning team scoring at least 13 runs.

On June 9, 1915, the visiting Detroit Tigers mauled Ray Collins and the Red Sox in Boston by the count of 15-0.  That same day, the White Sox torched the Yankees Marty McHale and Ensign Cottrell at the Polo Grounds 13-0.

97 years later, on August 8, 2012, the Miami Marlins put a 13-0 pasting on the Mets at Citi Field, while the San Francisco Giants whitewashed the home-standing St. Louis Cardinals 15-0.

So . . . in all six of these games, the home team was shutout, and in the 1915 and 2012 instances, we had one game end 13-0 and one end 15-0.

Ain’t it cool?




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