Wacha like a man: Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0

Michael Wacha held L.A. to two hits over 7 innings, leading the Cards into the World Series with his second win of the NLCS and third in this postseason (totals 21 IP, one run, 8 hits, 4 walks, 21 strikeouts). St. Louis pitchers allowed just three baserunners, matching the fewest in a series clincher. (The Mets’ Bobby Jones one-hit the Giants in the his third win in the 2000 NLDS.) They faced 29 batters, one off the clincher record set by Atlanta in the 1996 NLCS, game 7.

 

Wacha is the third-youngest starter to win three games in one postseason, after Fernando Valenzuela (1981) and Jaret Wright (1997), who each made five starts. Wacha could become the youngest with four wins in a postseason, and the 15th overall; none has won five.

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With Carlos Martinez (age 21) pitching the 8th and Trevor Rosenthal (23) the 9th, it’s the first time that three pitchers age 23 or younger appeared for one team in a series clincher. The 1979 Reds used three young pitchers (out of six) in losing the NLCS finale to Pittsburgh. Martinez and Rosenthal also pitched in Wacha’s other two starts, comprising three out of the seven postseason team-games with three age 23 or younger; no team has ever used more, and no other team has used three since the 1991 Braves.

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Two scoreless wins in one series, by a starter:

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Starters with at least three wins in a postseason that totaled one run or less:

  • Mathewson, 1905 (27 IP, no runs, 13 hits, one walk).
  • Kenny Rogers, 2006 (23 IP, no runs, 9 hits, 7 walks).
  • Michael Wacha, 2013 (21 IP, one run, 8 hits, 4 walks).

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Wacha’s three postseason wins match his regular-season total. I’ll guess that hasn’t been done before; anyone care to check?

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Before tonight, three of the four biggest shutouts in LCS finales went against the Cardinals:

  • 1996 NLCS, Braves 15, Cards 0: Atlanta wins game 7 at home behind Tom Glavine, knocking out Donovan Osborne with 6 in the 1st.
  • 2012 NLCS, Giants 9, Cards 0: S.F. wins game 7 at home behind Matt Cain, blitzing Kyle Lohse and Joe Kelly with 7 runs in the first 3 innings.
  • 1979 ALCS, Orioles 8, Angels 0: Baltimore wins in Anaheim, taking the series by 3-1 with a CG by Scott McGregor.
  • 2000 NLCS, Mets 7, Cards 0: N.Y. wins game 5 at home, 7-0, with a 3-hitter by Mike Hampton.

 

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no statistician but
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JA:

There are various metaphors to describe the following protest, such as spitting into the wind. However—

To me the World Series is all that counts—or all that counts with regard to the season’s finale. Equating this ever expanding run of pre-WS games to those in the Fall Classic by lumping all post-season statistical results together, well—why not just add the regular season stats in, too, and trivialize the matter completely?

Richard Chester
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In 1945 Virgil Trucks won 1 game in the WS and had none during the season. He joined the Tigers at the end of the season after being discharged from the armed services and pitched only 5 innings. He pitched a CG victory in game 2. As a returning serviceman he probably got special permission to appear in the WS.

Doug
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Ken Brett in 1967 didn’t have more wins in the post-season than the regular season, but he did have more appearances and allowed more walks than in the regular season.

But, Francisco Rodriguez is the real standout in this regard. Going into the 2002 post-season for the Angels, his career totals were a 0-0 record in 5 appearances and 5.2 IP, all in that season. In the post-season, he went 5-1 in 11 appearances and 18.2 IP.

Doug
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Those same 3 under-23 Cardinal pitchers also were their only pitchers in game 4 of the NLDS, a higher pressure elimination game for the Cardinals.

Those two games by the Cardinal trio are the only times that a team has used 3 pitchers aged 23 and under, and used no other pitchers in the game.

Jim Bouldin
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No no no Dustin, that’s not how you do it!!! You put both hands up in the air and then tomahawk chop them down as you’re running towards first! Come on man, you’re a Red Sock!

Jim Bouldin
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First and second, nobody out, down one run; now’s the time to step up and really earn that huge salary in a situation that actually counts Prince. You know, like you decidedly have not been doing up till now….

birtelcom
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I’m spotting only two previous World Series that were contested between teams with identical regular season records: 1958 and 1949. Have I missed any? Cards and Red Sox had the top two regular season records in the majors this year, and b-ref’s Simple Rating System gave Boston the top rating and St Louis the second-best, tied with Detroit.

Voomo Zanzibar
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If St. Louis wins it will be only the 2nd time that 4 WS winners went
A
B
A
B
(Giants-Cards-Giants-Cards)

The other was 1941-1944
(Yankees-Cardinals)

Richard Chester
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Faced with the awful prospect of no baseball for a few days I am compensated by watching an entire play-by-play account of game 6 of the 1952 World Series between the Yankees and the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. I believe this is the oldest available such game. The nostalgic person that I am gives me a great feeling to watch this game. And what fantastic memories there are: starting pitchers doing their pre-game warm-ups in foul territory near home plate, organist Gladys Gooding singing the national anthem live, men in the stands wearing suits and ties, Mel Allen and Red… Read more »
no statistician but
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RC: I didn’t watch the video of the game, but I took a long look at the box score, and it is fascinating for many reasons. In no particular order: Billy Cox (!) was leading off for the Dodgers as he did in 65 regular season games. Jackie R was batting clean-up. George Shuba, having his one shining season as a sometimes starter, was in left field giving Any Pafko a day off. This was the notorious 0-21 Gil Hodges WS. Hank Bauer was almost as bad, 1-18, for the Yankees. Duke Snider hit two solo HRs in the game,… Read more »
Richard Chester
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Talking about some weird stuff by Dressen, in the bottom of the 7th with 2 out and no one on and the Yankees ahead 2-1, he let Loes bat for himself. Lose then hits a single. With the count 3-1 on Cox, Loes thought the count was 3-2 and takes off with the pitch. The pitch was a strike and Loes ends up stealing second base. Then Cox struck out. Other signs of the times. Hand signals were used to contact the bullpen, batters rubbed dirt onto their hands, swung 2 bats while limbering up for their at bats and… Read more »
Richard Chester
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According to PI that SB by Loes was the last one by a pitcher in a WS. There was one other one, by Bill Donovan in the 1908 WS.

e pluribus munu
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Thank you, Richard. I’ve been dodging HHS for a couple of days, since the outcomes of the pennant races were not happy ones for me, but this is very nice to encounter on my return. Since my WS viewing didn’t begin till ’54, this will allow me to spend a couple of hours sharing the dismay that my older family members were used to feeling, most having rooted for the Dodgers in ’41, ’47, ’49, ’52, and ’53 (not to mention the razor-sharp pennant losses in ’42, ’46, ’50, and – oh! – ’51). All of which history had been… Read more »
Richard Chester
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You’re welcome epm, glad you liked it. You would like the 5th game of that WS even more. The Dodgers won 6-5 in 11 innings with Carl Erskine going all the way. He gave up 5 runs in the 5th inning but Dressen let him remain in the game. Oisk retired the last 19 batters that he faced. One of those outs was a brilliant catch by Carl Furillo in the bottom of the 11th to rob John Mize of a game-tying homer. It was the second time in that game that Mize was robbed as Andy Pafko caught another… Read more »
Richard Chester
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I made a goof. It was Gene Woodling who was robbed of a HR by Pafko early in the game, not Mize.

e pluribus munu
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Goofs are part of the game, Richard. Thanks!

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