The Astros hand the ball to RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA regular season; 0-0, 2.45 ERA postseason). He’ll face the Phillies’ RHP Noah Syndergaard (5-2, 4.12 ERA regular season; 0-0, 1.69 ERA postseason) LHP Ranger Suárez (10-7, 3.65 ERA regular season; 1-0, 1.86 ERA postseason). The postponement helped the Phillies, as Syndergaard hasn’t pitched much recently and probably couldn’t have gone more than three or four innings. Suárez has been a workhorse for the Fightin’ Phils.
A Jeter home run, an A-Rod home run following the first use of instant replay, the first and last instance of the Cy Young Award being earned by the brother (Gaylord) of a previous winner (Jim) and a whole lot of hirings and firings of managers. That’s what took place October 31 in baseball history.
On November 1 in baseball history Campanella won the first of three MVP Awards, Koufax won the last of his three Cy Young Awards, in 2007 two Japanese pitchers combined for a perfect game to win the Japan Series and in 2015 the Royals won the World Series for the first time in 30 years.
In Dodgers news, Justin Turner is this year’s winner of the Roberto Clemente Award. Congratulations to him and his wife Kourtney!
The visiting Padres send RHP Joe Musgrove (10-7, 2.93 ERA regular season; 1-0, 1.38 ERA postseason) to the Citizens Bank Park mound. He’ll face the Phillies’ LHP Ranger Suãrez (10-7, 3.65 ERA regular season; 0-0, 2.70 ERA postseason).
Among many other events which occurred on this date in baseball history Carlton Fisk hit his famous home run, the Phillies won their first World Series and Justin Verlander made his first World Series appearance (in 2006).
The visiting Dodgers send LHP Julio Urías (2-3, 3.00 ERA) to the Citizens Bank Park hill to face the Phillies’ LHP Ranger Suãrez (4-1, 3.72 ERA). These two pitchers met one another at Dodger Stadium on May 14, and Urías had a horrible game, giving up 8 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits in six innings. Suãrez got the win, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while going seven innings.
1979 Don Sutton becomes the franchise’s winningest pitcher when he is credited with the victory, tossing eight innings in the Dodgers 6-4 victory over the Reds at Riverfront Stadium. The 34 year-old right-hander’s 210th win surpasses the team mark established in 1969 by Don Drysdale.
The Phillies hand the ball to Ranger Suárez (3-1, 3.68 ERA). He’ll face the Dodgers’ Julio Urías (2-2, 2.10 ERA).
Today in Dodgers’ history:
1956 The Orioles, taking a gamble, purchase sore-armed Billy Loes from the Dodgers for a reported $25,000. The 26 year-old right-hander, who will be selected for American League All-Star team next season, will post a 21-30 (.412) record during his four years with Baltimore.
1981 With a 3-2 win over Montreal in front of the largest Dodger Stadium crowd in seven years, rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela improves his record to 8-0. The 20 year-old southpaw, who has started the season with five shutouts and a minuscule ERA of 0.50, gets the victory when right fielder Pedro Guerrero hits a leadoff game-ending home run off Steve Ratzer in the bottom of the ninth inning at Chavez Ravine.
2011 For the first time since 1914, the Dodgers are defeated after allowing just one hit, losing to the visiting Diamondbacks,1-0. Chad Billingsley, the hard-luck loser, gives up a leadoff double in the second to Stephen Drew, who scores the game’s only run when shortstop Jamey Carroll fails to cover the bag in an attempted pick-off play.
Whodaguy starts for the Dodgers (we’ll know more at game time) and LHP Ranger Suárez (5-3, 0.98 ERA) goes for the Phillies. That’s one heck of an ERA.
This day in Dodgers’ history:
1984 Former Dodgers Don Drysdale and Pee Wee Reese, along with Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, American League hurler Rick Ferrell, and perennial All-Star shortstop Luis Aparicio are inducted into the Hall of Fame.
In 2006 the Portland Beavers honor Rodney McCray, the former Vancouver Canadian who gain everlasting notoriety in 1991 when he literally ran through the right field plywood fence trying to catch Chip Hale’s fly ball in Portland’s Civic Stadium. The PCL team commemorates the memorable play with a bobble head promotion which features the moment of impact and renames the right field area of their current ballpark “McCray Alley.”
In a great moment of fan history, in 2014 Tim Pinkard, attending his first game at Minute Maid Park, catches two home run balls, both off the bat of the Astros’ DH Chris Carter. In the third inning of Houston’s 10-4 victory over Minnesota, the Springfield (VA) resident gets his first souvenir of the night when the ball rebounds off a sign in left field, and then in the fifth frame, against astronomical odds, catches the second round-tripper stroked by the same batter, which is a laser shot hit directly to his seat.