Stat of the Night: Double-Digit Strikeout Streaks

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 06: Martin Malinado #12 of the Milwaukee Brewers talks with Zach Greinke during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park on June 6, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

As I was tracking the game tonight, Kyle sent me an email for a recommendation for stat of the night. Here's what he wrote:

The Brewers have struck out at least ten batters as a team in three straight games. It's only the 16th time in franchise history, but the second time this season. Franchise record is five, set in September 2010.

I couldn't say it any better than that, so I thought I would share that with you. Digging into it further, here are some interesting facts:

  • Only one of the streaks occurred while the Brewers were in the AL, and only one in the first 35 seasons of the franchise.
  • Only two streaks occurred only on the road, and only one was a complete road series (August 10-12, 2004 against the Braves; the June 14-16 streak against the Cubs was part of a four-game series).
  • Four of the streaks included a complete series against a team.
  • One streak included each game in a four-game series (Sept. 26-30, 2005, a four-game home series against the Reds)
  • The current streak is also only the third time in franchise the Brewers have struck out 12 or more in at least three games in a row.

Here is a list of those streaks (in reverse chronological order, starred games are extra-inning games):

  • June 3-6, 2012: 6/3 vs. Pirates (12), 6/5 vs. Cubs (12), 6/6 vs. Cubs (14)
  • May 8-11, 2012: 5/8 vs. Reds (10), 5/9 vs. Reds (13), 5/11 vs. Cubs (13)
  • Sept. 23-26, 2011: 9/23 vs. Marlins (14), 9/24 vs. Marlins (12), 9/25 vs. Marlins (10), 9/26 vs. Pirates (10)
  • Sept. 11-14, 2011: 9/11 vs. Phillies (14), 9/13 vs. Rockies (13), 9/14 vs. Rockies (10)
  • June 14-16, 2011: 6/14 @ Cubs* (12), 6/15 @ Cubs (10), 6/16 @ Cubs (10)
  • Sept. 20-24, 2010: 9/20 vs. Reds (10), 9/21 vs. Reds (11), 9/22 vs. Reds (11), 9/23 vs. Marlins (11), 9/24 vs. Marlins (12)
  • Aug. 26-28, 2010: 8/26 vs. Dodgers (12), 8/27 vs. Pirates (13), 8/28 vs. Pirates* (13)
  • Sept. 24-26, 2008: 9/24 vs. Pirates (13), 9/25 vs. Pirates* (10), 9/26 vs. Cubs (11)
  • Aug. 1-3, 2007: 8/1 vs. Mets (10), 8/2 vs. Mets (11), 8/3 vs. Phillies (12)
  • June 27-30, 2007: 6/27 vs. Astros (13), 6/29 @ Cubs (11), 6/30 @ Cubs (13)
  • June 18-21, 2006: 6/18 vs. Indians (10), 6/19 vs. Tigers (13), 6/20 vs. Tigers (10), 6/21 vs. Tigers (13)
  • Sept. 26-30, 2005: 9/26 vs. Reds (11), 9/27 vs. Reds (13), 9/28 vs. Reds (13), 9/29 vs. Reds (12), 9/30 @ Pirates (14)
  • May 24-28, 2005: 5/24 vs. Rockies (10), 5/25 vs. Rockies (11), 5/26 vs. Astros (11), 5/27 vs. Astros (13)
  • Aug. 10-12, 2004: 8/10 @ Braves (11), 8/11 @ Braves (11), 8/12 @ Braves (13)
  • May 15-17, 2003: 5/15 vs. Cubs (14), 5/16 vs. Reds (12), 5/17 vs. Reds (10)
  • Aug. 19-21, 1997: 8/19 @ Rangers (13), 8/20 vs. Tigers (10), 8/21 vs. Tigers (11)
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