Nine Is Not Enough

Friend of the VORG Chris Patrick Morgan messaged me the following question Wednesday:

“Whats the record for the most INNINGS a team has played in one season. it only came to mind after sitting thru that 16-inning game for the Giants and the Mets the other night, and realizing the Mets must be threatening that sort of a record since they’ve already played like 5 extra games’ worth of innings this year with the 20 and all the 15+ inning games.”

It turns out that the 1964 Yankees pitched a record 1,506.6 innings in their 99-63 pennant-winning campaign.  The Bombers had one tie game end after six innings,  another end after seven,  and 26 more that went extras (11-15 record in those 26).  They had ten games last ten innings, eight lasted 11, two went 12, two went 13, three went 15 and one lasted 17.  The first three games of their season all went for “bonus baseball” . . . 11, 11 and 12 innings.

The ’64 Yankees also hold the record for most innings pitched per game in the 162-game schedule era:

TEAM Year  IP  IP/G
NYY 1964 1506.7 99 63 9.300
LAD 1973 1491 95 66 9.261
MIN 1969 1497.7 97 65 9.245
PIT 1979 1493.3 98 64 9.218
CHW 1967 1490.3 89 73 9.200
CIN 1968 1490.3 83 79 9.200
DET 1968 1489.7 103 59 9.195
OAK 1988 1489.3 104 58 9.193
SDP 1996 1489 91 71 9.191
LAD 1982 1488.3 88 74 9.187

The Mets have had 11 extra-inning affairs totaling 40 more innings in their first 88 games.  They’ve pitched 813.7 innings, for an average of 9.246 per game, which would be the third-highest average ever.  However, to surpass the Yankees 1,506.7 total innings pitched, the Mets would need to throw 693.3 innings in their remaining 74 games, an average of 9.369 innings per game.  If they average nine innings per game the rest of the year (74*9=666), they’d basically need another three full games worth of extra frames just to tie the Yankees mark.

 

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