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Brewers: All 77 MLB And Franchise Records The Starting Rotation Set In 2021

Jul 1, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes (left) and catcher Omar Narvaez (10) and associate pitching coach Walker McKinven (60) and pitching coach Chris Hook (right) make their way in from the bullpen to play the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 1, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes (left) and catcher Omar Narvaez (10) and associate pitching coach Walker McKinven (60) and pitching coach Chris Hook (right) make their way in from the bullpen to play the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 25, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes (39) reacts after retiring the side in the seventh inning during the game against the New York Mets at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /

It was a record setting year in a number of ways for the Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation. It seemed as if almost every night, someone in this group was rewriting the record book.

Leading the way, unsurprisingly, was Corbin Burnes. Burnes, along with Brandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta helped rewrite not only the Brewers franchise record book, but also some MLB records.

This is, without a doubt, the best starting rotation in Brewers history. The trio of Burnes, Woodruff, and Peralta all had ERAs at or below 2.81, while Eric Lauer and Adrian Houser had ERAs in the low 3.00s and were no slouches themselves even though they didn’t put up historic numbers or break any records.

In most years in Brewers history, Lauer and Houser had seasons worthy of being proclaimed the No. 1 guy in the rotation. But this year? They’re the No. 4 and No. 5 guys and it’s not even a guarantee that one of them will get any postseason starts.

Early in the season, this group was setting records at a blistering pace. They weren’t able to keep that pace up over the course of the whole season, unsurprisingly. As the weather got warmer, so did the bats. Still, this team did a staggering amount of work on the record books.

Now that the season is over, we have complete numbers on where these players rank on season leaderboards.

The Milwaukee Brewers rotation, led by Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta, set 58 MLB or Franchise records in 2021.

Freddy Peralta was on pace to set a number of records, however did not reach enough innings to qualify, and as such his number of records will be much smaller. Peralta only had 144.1 IP, falling short of the 162 IP needed. Houser and Lauer also fell short of 162, and Lauer had the lowest amount of innings in the group with 118.2 IP.

Let’s take a look at the records the Brewers top three pitchers set this year and some records this rotation set as a whole.

Corbin Burnes set or tied 45 MLB or Franchise records in his performances in 2021.

MLB and Brewers Franchise Records set by Corbin Burnes in 2021

  • Most strikeouts (58) before a walk to start a season as a starting pitcher (MLB) (Franchise)
  • Most strikeouts (58) before a walk to start a season as either starter or reliever (MLB) (Franchise)
  • Most strikeouts (15) without a walk in a single game (Franchise)
  • Most swinging strikes (whiffs) in a single game (Franchise) (T-MLB)
  • Most consecutive strikeouts (10) in a game (Franchise) (T-MLB)
  • 1st pitcher with 30+ strikeouts and 0 BBs in first 3 starts (MLB) (Franchise)
  • 1st pitcher to have streak of 3 straight games with 6+ IP and 2 or fewer baserunners (MLB) (Franchise)
  • Most consecutive starts of 5+ IP and 1 ER or less (Franchise)
  • 1st pitcher to start a season with back-to-back outings of 6 IP, 0 BB, and 1 H or less (MLB) (Franchise)
  • Most starts with 10+ strikeouts and 0 BBs through first 10 games of a season (Franchise)
  • Most starts with 10+ strikeouts and 0 BBs in a single season (Franchise)
  • Fewest IP to 90 strikeouts in a single season as a starting pitcher (Franchise)
  • Most consecutive starts (5) with 9+ strikeouts and 0 BBs (MLB) (Franchise)
  • Most strikeouts (49) in a 5 appearance span with 0 BBs (MLB) (Franchise)
  • 1st pitcher with 40+ strikeouts and 0 BBs in any 4 appearance span (MLB) (Franchise)
  • 1st pitcher to strike out 10+ hitters in a game while allowing no hits (Franchise)
  • Most strikeouts (25) in a two start span (T-Franchise)
  • 1st pitcher to strike out 100+ batters in road games without a Loss in any of them (MLB) (Franchise)
  • Most games in a single season with 10+ strikeouts and 0 runs allowed (Franchise)
  • Lowest WHIP (0.94) by a qualified pitcher in a single season (Franchise)
  • Highest K/9 (12.61) by a qualified pitcher in a single season (Franchise)
  • Lowest HR/9 (0.38) by a qualified pitcher in a single season (Franchise)
  • Lowest FIP (1.63) by a qualified pitcher in a single season (Franchise) (2nd-MLB)
  • Highest ERA+ (176) by a qualified pitcher in a single season (Franchise)
  • Highest K% (35.6%) by a qualified pitcher in a single season (Franchise)
  • Lowest OBP allowed (.249) by a qualified pitcher in a single season (Franchise)
  • Lowest SLG allowed (.273) by a qualified pitcher in a single season (Franchise)
  • Lowest OPS allowed (.521) by a qualified pitcher in a single season (Franchise)
  • Lowest OPS+ allowed (44) by a qualified pitcher in a single season (Franchise)
  • Fewest HRs allowed (7) by a qualified pitcher in a single season (Franchise)
  • Fewest XBHs allowed (27) by a qualified pitcher in a non-shortened season (Franchise)
  • Fewest ERs allowed (45) by a qualified pitcher in a non-shortened season (Franchise)
  • Fewest Hits allowed (123) by a qualified pitcher in a non-shortened season (Franchise)
  • Lowest Runs Created (42) by a qualified pitcher in a non-shortened season (Franchise)
  • Longest streak of starts (4) with 9+ strikeouts, 0 BBs, and 1 run or less (MLB) (Franchise)

That’s 35 statistical records for the franchise and 10 of them were also MLB records, which brings the total number of records broken by Burnes to 45.

He came incredibly close to breaking a few other records as well. Burnes was on pace to break the franchise records for highest average Game Score in a single season and the lowest ISO power allowed in a single season heading into his last start. But because of the shortened nature and the home run he allowed, Burnes came in 2nd in both those stats in franchise history.

Burnes also allowed just 166 baserunners all season, which is the fewest allowed by a Qualified Pitcher since Roger Nelson (154) in 1972. Not quite a record, but very close to it.

Is this the record for most records broken in a season? No idea. But it’s certainly one incredible year.

While this represents the bulk of the Brewers records by this rotation in 2021, he’s not the only one.

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