Drei’s Game 1 Thoughts…Dont Pin This on Kid K
Here we go again with all the Kershaw playoff talk. Kershaw struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings, allowing only a solo home run to Daniel Murphy before hitting a wall in the 7th, leaving with the bases loaded. David Wright would lace a single to center off Pedro Baez and the two runs plated would be the difference ( Does this scenario sound familiar Dodger fans ? ).
The offense, who actually outhit the Mets ( If anyone noticed…) did not exactly help out either leaving RISP early and often. So we find the Blue trailing the Mets in this Best of 5. I always felt that regardless of the venue winning Game 1 in a Best of 5 is always key because even a one game deficit in a short series puts the trailing team in an immediate hole. Lets see if Zack can even it up come Game 2…
Home Field Advantage ?
Visiting teams so far in the playoffs… 6-2
Looking Back at Fernando and Doc
Throughout the 1980’s Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden we’re two young phenoms who frustrated many a batter. In a September 1985 showdown these two combined to pitch 20 shutout innings, with Fernando pitching 11 of them ( Imagine the backlash a manager would face today if he let his starting pitcher stay past the 9th let alone throw over 100 pitches…) Both pitchers captured the hearts of baseball fans beyond their home cities. With all the K’s both pitchers put up you would have thought both these pitchers would have hall of fame careers and someday their busts would be displayed in Cooperstown. However, arm injuries to both pitchers, as well as a cocaine addiction that faced Doc Gooden, would derail the hopes of either pitcher making it to Cooperstown.
Both pitchers threw a lot in the 80s. Complete games we’re still in abundance and pitch counts we’re not used in the context we use today. One thing many have pointed out is the fact both pitchers started out at such young ages and combined with the amount of pitches thrown their arms wore out at the prime of their careers. Fernando, whose first real full season was 1982 ( If you leave out his late season call up of 1980 and the strike shortened season of 1981 ), went on the DL for the first time in 1988. Gooden, whose first full season was 1984, his true rookie season, would suffer the same fate as Fernando in 1989.
I bring up those facts because Kershaw is at the same point these two were at this point of their careers. If the emphasis on pitch counts and the way relief pitchers are used today applied then, would Fernando and Gooden gone on to the dominant careers we expected ? We’ll never know…
Extra Innings… Kid N Drei