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Random Record of the Week #18
2007-07-30 04:00
by Bob Timmermann

Page 338 – Most consecutive errorless games by a pitcher in ALCS play – Mariano Rivera, 25 games

One of the more deceptive records in baseball is consecutive errorless games by a pitcher, as the record is dominated by relief pitchers, especially closers, who come in for one inning most of the time and get a lot of strikeouts.

So Rivera's spotless fielding in the ALCS is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind about Rivera in postseason play. In 73 postseason appearances, Rivera has made only one error and he saved it for the worst possible time unfortunately, the ninth of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. That is also the only postseason loss for Rivera. Presently, Rivera has made only six errors in the regular season and none in the Division Series.

But in the ALCS, Rivera has been flawless in the field. However, in his 25 ALCS appearances, Rivera has only had 21 chances, 10 assists and 11 putouts. He's also participated in two double plays, one in Game 1 of the 1999 ALCS and the other Game 1 of the 2004 ALCS.

There's also only one been one runner to steal a base against Rivera in the ALCS, Dave Roberts in Game 4 of the ALCS. I believe that ended up being important. Something was written about it somewhere. Johnny Damon, however, was caught stealing in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Rivera's most important numbers in ALCS play remain these: 38 2/3 innings pitched, 25 games, 10 saves, 4 wins, 0 losses, 28 hits allowed and 5 walks allowed to 145 batters, and 29 strikeouts, and just 4 earned runs allowed (one each in 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004) for an ERA of 0.93.

Jeff Nelson has the second longest streak among pitchers in the ALCS at 19 consecutive errorless games. He handled four chances in those 19 games. Tom Glavine has not made an error in 17 NLCS games and none in any of his 35 postseason games over 53 chances.

Sources: Retrosheet,, Sporting News Complete Baseball Record Book

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