Jun 03

Game 52, 2022

Mets at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: SNY, SPNLA

RHP Chris Bassitt (4-2, 3.66 ERA) takes the hill for the Mets and LHP Tyler Anderson (6-0, 2.90 ERA) goes for the Dodgers. Bassitt has been in the big leagues since 2014; he had Tommy John surgery in 2016 and missed all of the 2017 season as a result. He’s got a lifetime record of 35-27 with a 3.48 ERA in 116 games. Anderson has been a godsend to the Dodgers, whose rotation has been hit with the loss of Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Heaney and the continued absence of Dustin May. He and Tony Gonsolin are a combined 12-0 so far this season, which not even the most cock-eyed optimist would have suggested in March.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1969 Tom Seaver strikes out 14 batters in eight innings en route to the Mets’ 5-2 win over LA at Shea Stadium. The victory, fueled by Ed Kranepool’s two home runs, improves the second-place team’s record to 24-23, the latest they have been above .500 in franchise history.
  • 1989 In a 22-inning game played at the Astrodome, Houston beats the Dodgers, 5-4, when Rafael Ramirez’ run-scoring single plates Bill Doran to end the contest at 2:50 a.m., seven hours and 14-minutes after it started. The longest game in National League history features L.A. center fielder John Shelby going 0-for-10 and southpaw Fernando Valenzuela finishing the game at first base.

The Athletic’s Jayson Stark notices the Pirates – Dodgers series just past:

On that note, we present the Strange But True case of the Pirates versus the Dodgers.

Pirates vs. Dodgers this season: 5-1

Pirates vs. everyone else: 17-26

Pirates vs. all other teams .500 or better: 3-15

Pirates vs. Dodgers (2017-21): 2-23*

Pirates series won vs. Dodgers in 2022: 2-for-2

Pirates series won vs. all other teams .500 or better in 2022: 0-for-6

(* h/t Jim Passon)

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