Rays snap Masterson’s streak

The Rays finally got to Justin Masterson on Thursday, the first team to rough him up for more than three runs and the first to hand him a defeat.

His impressive start to the season ranks among the best in team history, trailing only Cliff Lee (2004) for the most consecutive starts without a loss while allowing three or fewer runs.

I included Satchel Paige on the list to the right even though he doesn’t quite fall into the same category as Masterson, but his performance was every bit as impressive and unexpected. Paige’s streak spanned the first seven starts of his career, but was broken up by relief appearances in between.

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2 Consecutive Quality Starts to Begin Career

Alex White has given the Tribe two consecutive quality starts in his first two career games – just the 7th Indians pitcher in the last 90 years to accomplish that feat. Only Mudcat Grant was able to extend the streak beyond two.

Strk Start ▾ End Games W L IP H ER ERA
Alex White 2011-04-30 2011-05-07 2 1 0 12.0 13 5 3.75
Scott Lewis 2008-09-10 2008-09-15 2 2 0 14.0 6 0 0.00
Brian Tallet 2002-09-16 2002-09-25 2 1 0 12.0 9 2 1.50
Luis Tiant 1964-07-19 1964-07-24 2 2 0 18.0 10 1 0.50
Mudcat Grant 1958-04-17 1958-05-02 4 3 0 34.0 21 7 1.85
Ed Klieman 1943-09-24 1944-04-23 2 0 2 16.0 13 4 2.25
Joe Dawson 1924-07-04 1924-07-09 2 1 0 16.0 14 4 2.25
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Generated 5/8/2011.