StaTuesday: With scoreless streaks, Jeffress on the cusp of Brewers records
This year, however, he’s taking it to the extreme.
Including 2018, Jeffress has pitched parts of six seasons with the Brewers and owns a 2.25 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 207 games and 204 innings. With other clubs — Kansas City, Texas and Toronto — Jeffress compiled a combined 4.76 ERA and 1.702 WHIP in 96 1/3 innings over 91 games.
As noted, though, he’s really bringing his Brewers numbers down this season. In 28 innings over 27 appearances, Jeffress has allowed just 19 baserunners (11 hits, eight walks; a WHIP of 0.679) and has a sparkling ERA of 0.32.
In fact, he’s given up just one run all season. One.
If you’ve forgotten (or wanted to forget), the lone tally occurred back on April 6 at Miller Park in Milwaukee’s 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs. With two outs and a runner on second base in the sixth inning, Jeffress replaced Josh Hader and allowed a triple to Javier Baez, who scored on a throwing error by Jonathan Villar. Although he allowed another triple the next day to Chicago’s Kris Bryant, the Cubs third baseman was left stranded on third and thus started an amazing streak for Jeffress, even though Bryant was the only batter he faced that game.
Following this past Sunday’s clean one inning of work in Milwaukee’s 8-7 win over the New York Mets, Jeffress has gone 23 consecutive games without allowing a run — which ties the Brewers’ all-time record for such a streak. It had been done three times previously, including by Francisco Rodriguez, whose streak covered two seasons with him being traded and then re-signed the next year.
LONGEST BREWERS SCORELESS GAMES STREAKS
|Doug Jones||23||Aug. 11-Sept. 26, 1997||27||12||5||27|
|John Axford||23||May 5-July 2, 2013||20.1||12||8||20|
|Francisco Rodriguez||23||July 8, 2013-May 10, 2014||23||10||6||28|
|Jeremy Jeffress||23||April 7, 2018-current||22.2||6||6||21|
|Brian Shouse||20||July 14-Aug. 25, 2006||11.1||9||6||7|
|Brian Shouse||20||June 23-Aug. 5, 2007||16.1||3||4||11|
|Bill Castro||19||Aug. 16, 1977-June 4, 1978||27.1||15||7||11|
|Corey Knebel||19||July 22-Sept. 1, 2017||19.1||9||8||30|
|Mark Clear||18||July 22-Aug. 30, 1986||25.1||13||7||24|
|Jim Austin||18||July 21-Sept. 20, 1992||21.1||10||8||14|
|Danny Kolb||18||April 11-May 29, 2004||16.2||10||2||5|
|Trevor Hoffman||18||April 27-June 13, 2009||18||8||1||16|
|Ray Searage||17||Aug. 26, 1984-April 16, 1985||29.2||14||11||27|
|Doug Henry||17||Sept. 2, 1991-April 14, 1992||16||7||3||10|
|Mike Myers||17||April 4-May 20, 1998||12||7||3||12|
|Mitch Stetter||17||May 27-July 8, 2009||14.2||5||3||24|
|Brandon Kintzler||17||July 7-Aug. 17, 2013||20.1||11||1||12|
|Will Smith||17||May 23-June 30, 2015||16.2||10||5||21|
|Bob Wickman||16||Sept. 20, 1999-May 7, 2000||16.1||9||4||17|
|Derrick Turnbow||16||June 24-July 31, 2005||15||6||3||11|
|Francisco Cordero||16||April 3-May 7, 2007||14.2||2||7||21|
|Todd Coffey||16||Sept. 13, 2008-April 19, 2009||17||12||5||12|
|Zach Duke||16||June 22-July 30, 2014||14.2||6||6||20|
With his one inning of work against the Mets on May 27, Jeffress passed Ken Sanders (22 1/3 innings) for the sixth-longest scoreless innings streak in Milwaukee history. He needs just two outs to pass Rodriguez (23 innings over those two seasons) for fifth place.
Jeffress is seven innings away from the best scoreless streak in Brewers franchise history, but he has a way to go to reach the top mark by any MLB relief pitcher (Gregg Olson, 41, from 1989-90).
LONGEST BREWERS SCORELESS INNINGS STREAKS
All this being said, Jeffress isn’t unscathed over this time period. He did allow one of the two runners he inherited to score in a 3-2 loss to the Cubs on April 27.
However, that’s just one of two inherited runners Jeffress has let cross home plate all season, the other being on that Baez triple.
In fact, Jeffress has been the best in MLB at stranding runners he inherited.
Entering Tuesday’s games, only seven pitchers have inherited 20 or more baserunners (Jeffress has 20) and Jeffress has stranded runners better than any of them.
(note: IR – inherited runners; IS – inherited runners scored; IS% – inherited score percentage)
There’s still a lot of season left, but Jeffress’ inherited score percentage is currently the second-best in Brewers’ history. Only two Milwaukee relievers (minimum 20 inherited runners) have had an IS% of less than 14 percent — Curt Leskanic (31 IR, 9.79 IS% in 2000) and David Weathers (31 IR, 10.71 IS% in 2001).
Dave Heller is the author of Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruth’s Shadow (a Larry Ritter Book Award nominee), Facing Ted Williams – Players From the Golden Age of Baseball Recall the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived and As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns