Blue Jays’ streak of 372 days without a complete game 3rd longest in majors as Brewers’ drought hits day 800

Brandon Morrow reacts after recording the final out against the Chicago White Sox on June 6, 2012. - Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

It has been over a year—372 days to be precise—since a Toronto Blue Jays starter has thrown a non-shortened complete game (at least eight innings pitched at home, nine on the road), but the Milwaukee Brewers have now been complete game-free for the 800th straight day. The last time a Brewers started completed what he had begun was all the way back in game 5 of the 2011 season, when Yovani Gallardo won a 1-0 shutout against the Braves.

The last time the Blue Jays had an official complete game was on July 18, 2012 when Ricky Romero (what?? who?) tossed a six-inning complete game against the Yankees, losing 6-0 (ahhh, makes sense now). Chad Beck actually took the mound to warm up in the bottom of the seventh, but never threw a pitch because the rain started, so although it says so in the official record books, it's kind of a cheap way of getting a CG.

Toronto's last "legit" CG was thrown by Brandon Morrow, who threw a 119-pitch complete game shutout against the White Sox en route to a 4-0 Blue Jays victory on June 6, 2012. In the six games before that CG, Morrow had thrown two shutouts. Unfortunately in the game right after that CG, Morrow left the game after six pitches and didn't reappear until late August.

Almost a year to the day of Morrow's game, R.A. Dickey (who authored five complete games last season) was two outs away from ending the Blue Jays' drought last Wednesday, but manager John Gibbons took him out after he allowed a couple of runners to reach with one out in the ninth. His 8.1 innings pitched is still the most of any Jay in 2013. In fact there has been only four starts so far this season that have gone longer than 7.0 innings: Chien-Ming Wang (7.1), Morrow (8.0), Dickey (8.0), Dickey (8.2). By comparison the Yankees and the Mariners both have had 14 starts where their starter has made at least an out in the eighth inning, while the Rockies have none. Colorado has the second-longest streak without a complete game at 672 days.

When do you think the Blue Jays will get their first complete game this season (if they get any)? Who do you think will accomplish the feat? Guess the date, starter, and final score in the comments and if/when it happens the commenter with the closest guess will get bragging rights.

Tabulation of each team's most recent complete game:

Team


Days Since Last CG


Starting Pitcher


Date


Opponent


Result


MIL

800

Yovani Gallardo

2011-04-05

ATL

W 1-0

COL

672

Jhoulys Chacin

2011-08-11

CIN

L 1-2

TOR

372

Brandon Morrow

2012-06-06

CHW

W 4-0

BAL

362

Jason Hammel

2012-06-16

ATL

W 5-0

PIT

317

A.J. Burnett

2012-07-31

CHC

W 5-0

SDP

306

Jason Marquis

2012-08-11

PIT

W 5-0

SFG

303

Madison Bumgarner

2012-08-14

WSN

W 6-1

MIN

290

Liam Hendriks

2012-08-27

SEA

L 0-1

NYM

286

R.A. Dickey

2012-08-31

MIA

W 3-0

ATL

283

Kris Medlen

2012-09-03

COL

W 6-1

MIA

277

Ricky Nolasco

2012-09-09

WSN

W 8-0

TEX

264

Matt Harrison

2012-09-22

SEA

L 0-1

HOU

256

Jordan Lyles

2012-09-30

MIL

W 7-0

TBR

254

James Shields

2012-10-02

BAL

L 0-1

LAA

41

Jason Vargas

2013-05-03

BAL

W 4-0

BOS

34

Jon Lester

2013-05-10

TOR

W 5-0

CLE

31

Justin Masterson

2013-05-13

NYY

W 1-0

CIN

30

Homer Bailey

2013-05-14

MIA

W 6-2

KCR

27

James Shields

2013-05-17

OAK

L 1-2

WSN

26

Jordan Zimmermann

2013-05-18

SDP

L 1-2

ARI

24

Patrick Corbin

2013-05-20

COL

W 5-1

CHW

19

Jake Peavy

2013-05-25

MIA

W 2-1

CHC

17

Jeff Samardzija

2013-05-27

CHW

W 7-0

LAD

16

Hyun-jin Ryu

2013-05-28

LAA

W 3-0

OAK

13

Bartolo Colon

2013-05-31

CHW

W 3-0

STL

12

Adam Wainwright

2013-06-01

SFG

W 7-1

PHI

10

Kyle Kendrick

2013-06-03

MIA

W 7-2

NYY

8

CC Sabathia

2013-06-05

CLE

W 6-4

DET

3

Doug Fister

2013-06-10

KCR

L 2-3

SEA

2

Aaron Harang

2013-06-11

HOU

W 4-0

All data from Baseball-Reference.com, post inspired by a discussion with Nicole Hasse (@NicoleHasse) of Brew Crew Ball.

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