In the most recent version of his consistently excellent newsletter, Craig Wright proclaimed a new record for Greg Maddux: most consecutive games as a starting pitcher. This one is tough to prove, of course, but Craig looked into his files to see if any other pitcher had made as many consecutive starts for his team. Here’s his conclusion:
It is safe to say that during Maddux’s streak he conformed more closely to his team’s rotation than any other pitcher with a lengthy streak of consecutive starts. Once Maddux started a season during his streak, the longest gap between any of his starts was 10 days, and that happened only once.
From 1987 to 2008, Maddux never significantly missed his turn in the rotation. That’s a streak of 712 consecutive starts, during which he went 347-212 with a 3.08.
Although this is a “soft” record, it’s a tremendous feat. Greg Maddux was a fantastic pitcher in so many respects, but this feat belongs near the top of any list of his major accomplishments. Congrats to Craig for uncovering further proof of Maddux’s greatness.
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