Scherzer joins Seaver/J. R. Richard

Only three pitchers have ever struck out at least fourteen Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Tom Seaver was one of the greatest ever. J.R. Richard was one of the most intimidating pitchers of his era.  Max Scherzer can sit easily in that company. I don’t know about you, but I’m way more impressed by a pitcher who pitches twelve innings and strikes out sixteen than I am a seven-inning start no matter how dominant.  Unlike last night the Dodgers were able to beat Tom Seaver and the Mets in fourteen innings. Seaver gave up just the one run in his twelve innings, a solo home run by Steve Garvey.

Player               Date  Tm Opp  Rslt   IP H ER BB SO GSc
Tom Seaver     1974-05-01 NYM LAD L 1-2 12.0 3  1  2 16 106
Max Scherzer   2017-06-06 WSN LAD W 2-1  7.0 3  0  2 14  81
J.R. Richard   1977-10-02 HOU LAD W 6-3  9.0 4  3  2 14  79

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Generated 6/7/2017.

In that Tom Seaver game, Andy Messersmith went eleven innings himself which made me wonder how many Dodger pitchers have gone at least ten innings since 1974? Here is the answer. No surprise to see Fernando all over the list.  Rick Rhoden and Doug Rau show up.

Player                         Date Opp  Rslt   IP  H ER BB SO GSc
Don Sutton               1975-08-24 MON L 3-5 11.0  4  1  3  9  89
Fernando Valenzuela      1985-09-06 NYM L 0-2 11.0  6  0  3  5  87
Andy Messersmith         1974-05-01 NYM W 2-1 11.0  6  1  2  5  84
Jerry Reuss              1983-06-25 HOU W 2-1 10.0 11  1  0 11  77
Fernando Valenzuela   1987-09-17(1) CIN L 2-3 10.0 10  3  3  8  65
Fernando Valenzuela      1982-09-19 HOU W 5-4 10.0 12  3  1  8  61
Fernando Valenzuela      1981-09-01 PIT W 3-2 10.0  8  1  1  7  78
Andy Messersmith         1975-05-17 PIT W 4-3 10.0  9  1  4  7  69
Rick Rhoden              1977-07-06 HOU L 1-2 10.0  7  1  1  6  79
Fernando Valenzuela      1984-09-06 ATL L 2-3 10.0  9  2  1  5  70
Jerry Reuss              1980-06-16 PHI L 2-3 10.0  5  2  1  5  78
Andy Messersmith         1974-05-18 ATL W 1-0 10.0  4  0  2  4  86
Doug Rau                 1976-05-31 SFG L 1-7 10.0  9  0  3  2  71

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Generated 6/7/2017.

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4 Comments

  1. 68elcamino427

    Here’s the deal with the pitch count.

    Throwing a baseball 90 mph requires the pitcher to create 85 pounds of force.

    So if you are just gonna throw 90 mph, how many reps can you do?
    This is a big reason why a lot of relievers start to lose their effectiveness after reaching 20-25 pitches per inning. A 40+ pitch inning for a starter drains the endurance tank.

    100 reps seems to be the threshold for the pros.
    Push those fine muscles in the shoulder, arm and hand too far and problems are created.

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    • I expect you are right. Internally they must have studies about effectiveness after inning counts. The Broxton inning always pops up when this is discussed.

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  2. That second list needs more Hershiser.

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  3. Mike Sacha

    I think I was at that J.R. Richard game. Not positive though. I was fortunate enough to see him a few times. So freakin’ great. What an arm. What a talent.

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