Sean Doolittle's walkless streak

By Jason Wojciechowski on May 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Sean Doolittle's "0" in his walks column officially caught my notice enough tonight to wonder how he's doing as far as a streak of walkless games. Fortunately, Baseball-Reference's Play Index has a streak finder that will answer precisely that question:

Rk Strk Start End Games IP BB Tm
1 Dennis Eckersley 1989-08-17 1990-06-10 41 50.0 0 OAK
2 Sergio Romo 2012-08-04 2013-04-22 38 32.1 0 SFG
3 John Smoltz 2003-07-24 2004-06-08 38 38.1 0 ATL
4 Koji Uehara 2010-07-19 2011-04-15 36 37.2 0 BAL
5 Mark Eichhorn 1990-09-21 1991-06-25 34 45.0 0 CAL
6 Wilton Lopez 2010-07-26 2011-04-09 33 32.2 0 HOU
7 Tom Morgan 1957-09-24 1958-08-12 33 52.1 0 KCA-DET
8 Lew Burdette 1966-08-16 1967-07-16 32 36.1 0 CAL
9 Dale Thayer 2009-05-27 2012-05-20 31 31.2 0 TBR-NYM-SDP
10 Mariano Rivera 2005-06-26 2005-08-31 31 35.2 0 NYY
11 Luis Ayala 2005-04-17 2005-06-14 30 31.2 0 WSN
12 Doug Jones 1997-06-01 1997-08-17 30 32.0 0 MIL
13 Edward Mujica 2013-04-06 2013-06-19 29 29.2 0 STL
14 Luke Gregerson 2010-04-15 2010-06-18 29 32.1 0 SDP
15 Jonathan Papelbon 2008-07-06 2008-09-25 29 31.1 0 BOS
16 Dennis Eckersley 1997-05-06 1997-08-02 29 29.0 0 STL
17 Koji Uehara 2013-08-04 2014-04-17 28 30.0 0 BOS
18 Koji Uehara 2011-08-10 2012-05-08 28 24.2 0 TEX
19 Sean Doolittle 2013-09-01 2014-05-07 27 29.0 0 OAK
20 Tony Watson 2013-07-22 2014-03-31 27 26.0 0 PIT
21 Joe Nathan 2004-09-02 2005-05-07 27 25.1 0 MIN
22 Jerry Spradlin 1998-04-24 1998-07-01 27 31.0 0 PHI
23 Jeff Reardon 1993-05-15 1993-07-23 27 27.0 0 CIN
24 Dennis Eckersley 1990-09-19 1991-06-03 27 31.0 0 OAK
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/10/2014.

This is streaks of walkless games as a reliever, dating back to 1914 (though of course relievers were far less common then). Note the date on Doolittle at no. 19 -- Baseball-Reference's stats will update overnight and he'll move up to 28 straight games, tying Koji Uehara (two different times) for the 17th-longest such streak ever. That's pretty good!

On the other hand, he's still 13 games away from Dennis Eckersley's record. On the other other hand, he's 2/3 of the way there already, so what's the last third? Failing to reach Eck now would be like quitting at mile 19 in a marathon.

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