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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #62: Concerning shutouts

Last night's complete-game shutout has been a rarity in recent years for the D-backs.

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Jake Odorizzi
RHP, 2-3, 3.33
Archie Bradley
RHP, 2-1, 4.94
Taylor Motter - 3B Jean Segura - 2B
Corey Dickerson - LF Jake Lamb - 3B
Evan Longoria - 3B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Logan Morrison - 1B David Peralta - CF
Steven Souza - RF Rickie Weeks - LF
Desmond Jennings - CF Chris Herrmann - C
Tim Beckham - 2B Yasmany Tomas - RF
Curt Casali - C Nick Ahmed - SS
Jake Odorizzi - RHP Archie Bradley - RHP

Do not expect to enjoy a game like last night again this year. For the Diamondbacks have had only one shutout per season since 2013 - and we haven't seen more than two in a year since back in 2007. Quite a difference from the 2001-03 era when Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling were in their prime, tossing 260 innings a year. The team had as many shutout over the 2002 and 2003 campaigns (10), as they have managed in the eight and one-third since the end of the 2007 season.

Unsurprisingly, RJ leads the list, and it's not even close - you would need to add the next three pitchers together on the list to surpass Johnson's 14 complete-game shutouts. That would be Brandon Webb (8), Schilling (5), and any of the six who have two. The most surprising name in the last group is probably Albie Lopez, who threw a pair of shutouts in the 2001 season - that's actually more for our World Series-winning season than Schilling! Schilling did have the best of the shutouts this year, a 10-K, two-hit performance against the Dodgers, that rated a 93 Game Score.

The best overall shutout by Game Score is a tie, between Johnson's perfect game in Atlanta, and another Schilling start, from 2002, when he fanned seventeen Brewers in a one-hitter. That took him 127 pitches, twenty-two less than the Arizona record, which of course belongs to Edwin Jackson's wildly effective no-hitter, with its eight walks. At the other end of the spectrum, we have a tie, between Curt Schilling in 2001 and Miguel Batista in 2003, who each disposed of the opposition in a brisk 93 pitches. Be nice if Bradley could give us a repeat today, as that's be a first: the closest to consecutive CGSO's was back in 1999, when Omar Daal and Brian Anderson did it two days apart.

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