Nothing is as quintessential to Dodger greatness as dominant beginning pitching. The 2019 staff’s rotation has been virtually too good for phrases as of late, with Walker Buehler rounding into type eventually, Wealthy Hill shaking off his rust, and Clayton Kershaw being as not-great-but-really-good as he could be at this level.
From @DodgersPR: With 31 straight scoreless innings, Hyun-Jin Ryu is now tied for 10th all-time in Dodger franchise historical past with Fernando Valenzuela (9/19/80-Four/14/81) and Bob Miller (5/23/64-6/26/64) for longest scoreless streaks
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) Might 19, 2019
The true chief, although, is a blessedly wholesome Hyun-Jin Ryu. Our Korean Son has a case for one of the best pitcher within the NL, with an lively scoreless streak as of this writing. It’s sufficient to put him within the prime ten such streaks in franchise historical past, and with that in thoughts, it’s the right second to see who else he’ll need to move on his approach up the chief chart.
- 1 10. Hyun-Jin Ryu (2019), Bob Miller (1964) and Fernando Valenzuela (1980-1981) – 31
- 2 9. Sandy Koufax – 33 (1963)
- 3 eight. Orel Hershiser – 33 (1984)
- 4 7. Don Sutton – 35 (1972)
- 5 6. Fernando Valenzuela – 35 (1981)
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- 7 5. Clayton Kershaw – 37 (2015)
- 8 Four. Clayton Kershaw – 41 (2014)
- 9 Three. Zack Greinke – 45 (2015)
- 10 2. Don Drysdale – 58 (1968)
- 11 1. Orel Hershiser – 59 (1988)
10. Hyun-Jin Ryu (2019), Bob Miller (1964) and Fernando Valenzuela (1980-1981) – 31
After his sometimes spotless effort in Cincinnati yesterday, Ryu moved right into a three-way tie for 10th on the all-time Dodger scoreless streak leaders with 31. The primary was by journeyman reliever Bob Miller in 1964. In an in any other case sluggish World Collection championship hangover yr, Miller managed the streak in Might and June.
Fernando Valenzuela was subsequent to succeed in 31, spanning throughout the top of 1980 and the start of 1981. Apparently, it began as a reliever, as he was referred to as up in September 1980 to reinforce the bullpen for a late-season division chase towards Houston. Transformed to the beginning rotation for Opening Day 1981, he picked up the place he left off by extending the streak in a season-opening shutout of Houston and all the best way to the eighth of his second begin. It’s (shocker!) not the one time he’s on this listing.
The most effective half: if Ryu posts a zero within the first inning of his subsequent begin, the 10th spot will belong solely to him. Maybe en path to much more spots after that.
9. Sandy Koufax – 33 (1963)
In his time because the undisputed greatest pitcher in baseball within the early ‘60s, Sandy Koufax did every little thing an ace probably might. 1963 particularly was a yr of consummate dominance, together with a no-hitter towards the Giants, the pitching Triple Crown, NL MVP, a World Collection title, and the primary unanimous Cy Younger Award. He additionally notched 33 scoreless innings from July Three to 16, together with three consecutive full recreation shutouts. That Koufax isn’t even larger on this listing is a testomony to the Dodgers’ unimaginable pitching legacy.
eight. Orel Hershiser – 33 (1984)
Whenever you consider Orel Hershiser and a scoreless streak, you very possible don’t consider his rookie yr of 1984. Particularly since he began the season within the bullpen, it might appear all of the much less possible. But the Bulldog confirmed an indication of issues to return with 33 straight clean frames from June 29 to July 24, the majority of them coming by way of three full recreation shutouts. It was spectacular, however as everyone knows, he’d blow it out of the water 4 years later
7. Don Sutton – 35 (1972)
1972 is an oft-forgotten yr in Dodgers historical past, because the staff completed a distant second to the NL champion Cincinnati Reds. On reflection, although, it marks the expansion of a strong core that may win three NL pennants that decade. Part of that core was beginning pitcher Don Sutton, who had toed the rubber reliably for L.A. since 1966.
In 1972, nevertheless, his pitching reached new heights. The eventual Corridor of Famer gained 19 video games towards simply 9 losses, had only a 2.08 ERA, threw an MLB-best 9 shutouts, and struck out 207. He earned his first All-Star election consequently. Sutton fittingly capped his monster yr off with 35 straight innings with no run that stretched from September 10 till the ultimate recreation of the season on October Three.
6. Fernando Valenzuela – 35 (1981)
Fernando’s 31-inning streak to start his profession was spectacular. However it was merely the start of his supremacy on the rubber in his rookie yr. Instantly after that streak ended on April 14 within the eighth inning In San Francisco, he began one other one within the ninth. It continued till Might 6 in Montreal, when the Expos scored a run within the backside of the eighth. That these 35 different innings got here so shortly, and are only a snippet of how masterful he was in 1981, is mind-boggling.
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5. Clayton Kershaw – 37 (2015)
Perhaps it’s simply me, however typically I really feel like we don’t speak sufficient about Kershaw’s 2015 season particularly. Perhaps it’s as a result of he was overshadowed by Zack Greinke, or the truth that each misplaced the Cy Younger to Jake Arrieta. Perhaps it’s as a result of he didn’t have an icon second like his no-hitter, or the truth that the 2015 season feels extra like certainly one of bumpy transition with Friedman and Zaidi new on the FO helm however Don Mattingly nonetheless managing. (Which, in fact, modified come November.)
All the identical, 2015 wasn’t a step down from 2014 for Clayton. He turned the primary pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2002 to notch 300 Okay’s in a season, led the sport in innings pitched and shutouts, and posted a 2.13 ERA. And he went 37 innings with no run allowed from July Three to August Three, simply 5 in need of breaking his mark in 2014. Granted, Kersh has so many moments of greatness, forgetting about this specific one is admittedly straightforward. You’d assume he did it virtually each month in his prime.
Four. Clayton Kershaw – 41 (2014)
Within the 2014 season, there was nothing Clayton Edward Kershaw couldn’t do. He went 21-Three with a microscopic 1.77 ERA, for starters. He gained each Cy Younger and league MVP, a uncommon feat for a pitcher. Better of all, he threw a no-hitter (close to good recreation) that I shall be giving an in depth tribute on its fifth anniversary subsequent month.
So it comes as no shock he had one of many longest scoreless inning streaks in baseball historical past alongside the best way. It began on June 13 towards Arizona, then kicked into high-gear together with his no-hitter towards Colorado on the the 18. It survived all the best way till July 10, a measly one run allowed to San Diego in a 2-1 win the place he struck out 11. It was however one a part of one of many biggest pitching seasons Dodgers followers – or baseball followers typically – will ever see.
Three. Zack Greinke – 45 (2015)
Whereas Kershaw dominates our notion of Dodger pitching within the 2010s, the just about equal greatness of Zack Greinke throughout a portion of it ought to by no means be forgotten. In reality, in 2015, Greinke was even *higher* than the GOAT. His 1.66 ERA was one of the best in baseball, and the second-best in franchise historical past. His zero.844 WHIP, in the meantime, was MLB-best for 2015 and the perfect in Brooklyn and Los Angeles historical past.
Very similar to Kershaw the yr earlier than, a scoreless innings streak was merely an obligation. At 45? (one of the best since Hershiser in ‘88), Greinke constructed it totally on six straight scoreless begins from June eight to July 19, tying a serious league document. He even welcomed the start of his first youngster, Bode, in the course of the streak on July 23.
The one draw back is that he didn’t replicate it in October, as Daniel Murphy and the Mets torched Greinke in Los Angeles within the fifth recreation of the NLDS. Greinke opted out of his contract and signed with Arizona that winter. However his place in Dodger pitching lore continues to be a particular one for this season alone.
2. Don Drysdale – 58 (1968)
1968 wasn’t an awesome yr for the Dodgers, coming of their post-Koufax retirement dirge. Nevertheless it was a traditionally nice yr for MLB pitching, with superlative feats being set on the mound seemingly each week. Righty Don Drysdale, within the twilight of his profession, obtained in on the motion by shattering a seemingly untouchable report. Again in 1913-14, Walter Johnson (arguably the best pitcher to ever stay) notched 55? consecutive scoreless innings, a serious league complete that appeared destined to final perpetually with the arrival of the Reside-ball Period within the ‘20s.
That’s, till 1968. Beginning by out-dueling Cubs Corridor of Famer Ferguson Jenkins on Might 14, Drysdale powered his well beyond The Massive Practice’s mark with 58. As if that weren’t beautiful sufficient, he did it thanks to 6 straight full recreation victories. It was set and led to a 5-Three win over the Phillies on June eight at Dodger Stadium. Drysdale’s enjoying days would finish the next yr, however after many seasons of championships and a Cy Younger Award, he had saved his best achievement for the top.
1. Orel Hershiser – 59 (1988)
You already know this story. The Bulldog’s 59 clean frames usually are not solely probably the most in Dodgers franchise historical past, however probably the most in MLB historical past, interval. Regardless of his skinny body, Hershiser powered via inning after inning on the finish of 1988, beginning with sixth inning of an August 30 begin towards Montreal. As he chased Don Drysdale’s 1968 document, he appropriately echoed him with one full recreation shutout after one other.
All of it got here right down to September 28 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego. Whereas the Dodgers offense failed to attain inning after inning, that didn’t deter Hershiser from matching Padres starter Andy Hawkins. Each went into the tenth inning with no rating, however the report nonetheless in play. Within the backside half, a runner on second, Hershiser lastly prevailed by inducing Keith Moreland to fly out. The sport wasn’t over, however motion was justly halted to let the Bulldog rejoice considered one of biggest data in baseball historical past, full with Drysdale himself approaching to the sector to congratulate him. The Dodgers misplaced later within the 16th inning, however no one cared.
What’s extra exceptional is that the feat was only a prelude to what he’d do this October, relentlessly shutting down seemingly unstoppable Mets and A’s groups as each a starter and reliever. After making particular person historical past, he helped the group make historical past with a championship as unlikely as any within the annals of professional sports activities. He was by no means fairly the identical pitcher for the remainder of his profession, however his 1988 stays a yr even one of the best pitchers might solely want that they had.
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