Complete games, shutouts nearly extinct in today’s baseball

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer starts his windup while throwing a bullpen session during spring training baseball practice, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Go back to 1978, and there were more than 1,000 complete games in the majors. Move to 2003, and the total was about 200. In 2018, though, there were only 42. “They’re really holding starters down to 100 pitches and not letting you go past that. If you do, maybe you get 110. But you rarely see guys get to 120 anymore,” Scherzer said.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The complete game is nearly completely gone from baseball. Shutouts are vanishing, too.