Can Kershaw Match Van Lingle Mungo?

Vin Scully put up a graphic during Monday’s game that showed Dodger pitchers who have led the league in strikeouts. He posed the question, “Can Clayton Kershaw maintain his current lead in that department throughout the year?”

Hideo Nomo was the last Dodger to be the N.L. strikeout champ, fanning 236 in 1995. Fernando Valenzuela led with 180 in the strike-shortened 1981 season. Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale dominated the 1960’s (starting in 1959) with the former leading the league four times, while the latter accomplishing that feat three times.
Don Newcombe topped the list in 1951. Dazzy Vance led the National League in strikeouts every year in an amazing string from 1922 to 1928!

The only other Dodger to make the list was the pitcher with the best name of them all – Van Lingle Mungo, who prevailed in 1936. No other Dodger ever inspired the title and chorus for a cool jazz song. And Mungo was doing a high leg kick in his delivery before Juan Marichal was even born.


This Day in Baseball History

On July 26, 1948, Babe Ruth makes his final public appearance. Ruth visits the film premiere of “The Babe Ruth Story.” Ruth will succumb to throat cancer only three weeks later.

Kershaw takes on Jhoulys Chacin of the Rockies at 7:10 tonight.

80 Responses to Can Kershaw Match Van Lingle Mungo?

  1. trublu4ever says:

    Good Morning. Kersh is developing into a fine young pitcher. I love when he takes the mound. Just hope and pray he doesn’t need any advice from Bunnynutts….that would screw him up for the rest of his career.

    For tonights game, I’ll watch the Rockies feed because it’s not on Prime Ticket and, I can’t tolerate Charlie Steiner.

  2. Excellent new thread!!!

  3. crzblue says:

    I second Sparkleplenty1 that this is an excellent thread. Excited about seeing Kershaw pitching tonight. Enjoying the pitching lately with the exception of a few but feel so bad for Kuo. No need to say that I and many of my friends were not part of the boos yesterday. I so want Kuo to do better. He has the longest tenure with the Dodgers and I have followed him since he was in the minor league.

  4. Are rumors true that Kuo might in fact be contemplating retirement if he doesn’t regain his dominant self from last season?

    I love his grit and demeanor, but only the player knows when its time to hang it up. I just don’t want to see him try to pitch through another surgery and try to come back, only to get hammered.

    As for tonight, I will be attending the game as per my dad and his fanatical love for Fernando. Hope Kersh can win tonight and help out in the Fantasy League too, with the hope that something interesting happens, like the Dodgers scoring runs.

    If not, like in the great words of a man in the movie, Major League II, “I Think I’ll Pee My Pants.”

    To a good game tonight amigos, and to a better Dodger future.


    • 32and53fan says:

      Steve Dilbeck has a story about Kuo on his Dodgers blog.

      “I walked a couple guys, I feel good,” (Kuo) said after the Dodgers’ 8-5 win. “I just didn’t have command today.”

      Does he think his problems are still related to the “yips,” or sudden loss of control, that cost him three months of the 2009 season?

      “I feel bad I didn’t get guys out, but I go out there and I feel good,” he said.

      Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly didn’t seem to be worried about Kuo, who returned from the DL on June 19.

      “You can always be worried about it, but I don’t know how much good it’s going to do,” he said. “You can be worried about everybody and you’re concerned always about different situations, but the guy has a single outing and doesn’t have good command.

      “Since he’s been back, he’s been throwing the ball good and we’re going to look at it like that.”

      • It’s a shame that his career has been marred by injuries, but when he’s on, he’s shutdown. He’s walked 15 this season, has a ballooned 12.00 ERA, only 16 K’s, and a 2.33 WHIP. I heard when he first came back from the DL or minors earlier this season, that his command lacked and that he was considering retirement. That is the basis of my comment.

        As for Mattingly saying to brush it off, come on, it’s Mattingly. He doesn’t know what to do half the time, and the other half, he gets lucky. Just look at how many times he’s played Urine and Navarro and Velez over Carroll and Ellis. Obviously he has some say on who he wants up at the big league club, so that’s why I say that he runs into luck.

        Thing is, it’s not just one single outing that he’s been hammered, it’s been almost every single outing. He was to be the SU or closer when he came back, but Jansen and Guerra have solidified that role admirably and he’s just been used as a mop up guy. For that, just signed Weaver again.

        Mattingly point blank doesn’t know how to handle his pitcher’s, and at some point, Kuo needs to say, It’s time to hang it up. Not because he’s terrible, but because he might get injured overcompensating for the lack of control and command.

  5. selltheteam says:

    It’s time to trade Furcal, now that he’s hitting .417 over the past three games.

  6. lbirken says:

    Nice to get a win last night even if it was a bit shaky at the end and even better to see Andre finally get a hold of one. Hopefully this will end his struggles at the plate. Tough to have both of our studs in a slump at the same time. Sorry to see Kuo struggle; he has certainly had his difficulties and I know he gives everything he has every time his number is called.

  7. Here’s to Matt hitting 3rd and Dre 4th..Hopefully Velez is never to touch the field again, and Carroll gets to play..

    A man can dream, can’t he.


  8. lbirken says:

    With the way the team is playing at the moment, this is probably the best lineup Donnie can put on the field.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I think you’re right about that.

      • lbirken says:

        I just noticed Rivera at first but even with Loney in there I probably would have said the same thing.

        • selltheteam says:

          Loney has suddenly become persona non grata.

        • trublu4ever says:

          LOL…I didn’t even notice Loney wasn’t in there until you mentioned it.

          • lbirken says:

            Poor James. Is it really possible his career has peaked? He has been great defensively. It seems like yesterday everybody was singing the Loney song and angry when Nomar took playing time away from James at first base. And who can forget that awful moment when Loney almost killed himself in right field crashing into the wall?

  9. trublu4ever says:

    Maybe he needs a change of scenery. I’ll bet he could be a pretty good player with another team.

    • JhallWally says:

      Yep Tru, I agree with you. He has better numbers on the road. Houston and Milwaukee would be excellent fits for him as his OPS is much higher at both those parks and he has good numbers at most of the NL Central parks. I could see Milwaukee grabbing him when Fielder leaves and we non tender him.

  10. trublu4ever says:

    Let’s go Dodgers, let’s go!

  11. trublu4ever says:

    I think tonights crowd will be pretty good. It’s Fernando bobblehead night.

  12. trublu4ever says:

    Another lousy homeplate ump tonight. All umpires have sucked this year!

  13. nedisajerk says:

    I’m confuse I thought Timmy is 5’11. How tall is Wilson? It said Wilson was 6’1. Wilson got a good 4 to 5 inches on him.

  14. nedisajerk says:

    Poor Mariners

  15. Nellyjune says:

    James is from Houston 🙂

  16. JhallWally says:

    I think Loney would be a good fit with the Astros. Even more so since that is where he is from. I’d like to see him go somewhere that is a better fit. It just ain’t working with the Dodgers anymore.

  17. nedisajerk says:

    Seattle give Fister some run support must be lower than Kuroda. Fister is 3-12 with a 3.33 ERA. I think Fister run support is lower than his ERA. Kuroda and him have to be the unlucky pitchers ever.

  18. trublu4ever says:

    Ha…nice catch Wiggington!

  19. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Matty!

  20. vl4eccjr says:

    Woo Hoo! Thanks Wiggs!
    WTG Matt!

  21. nedisajerk says:

    I can’t believe Wigginton pulled a Holliday and Huff there.

  22. vl4eccjr says:

    Flashbacks of the ‘winning ugly’ A’s back in the day. LOL

  23. Nellyjune says:

    Goodness this game is wacky tonight!!

  24. nedisajerk says:

    Dang Miles should’ve taken another pitch and what the heck back to back 1st pitch swinging? Make the guy thrown your a strike.

    • JhallWally says:

      Nice job Matt!! Good productive out by Miles. Got the runner over to 3rd with less than 2 outs. Nice job by Rivera to get him in on the SF. This team has to do all the little things right since we don’t have any real bang in the lineup except Kemp.

  25. nedisajerk says:

    Dang Furcal just had to break easy grounded there.

  26. 32and53fan says:

    Hang in there Kershaw.

  27. nedisajerk says:

    We always seem to give up 2 outs run every freaking game. I knew Vinny jinx Kershaw of not giving up an earned run in over 20+ innings.

  28. trublu4ever says:


  29. trublu4ever says:

    Oh, no…not GrrRear!

  30. vl4eccjr says:

    Maalox moment! Grrear’s here!

  31. trublu4ever says:


  32. vl4eccjr says:

    Some insurance runs would be nice. . .

  33. Nellyjune says:

    Well, what do you know!! Guerrier with a 1,2,3 inning!! How about that!!!

  34. nedisajerk says:

    I don’t want to see that and that was close

  35. trublu4ever says:

    Wow….way to go Mr. Jansen!!!!!!

  36. vl4eccjr says:

    Awesome! Great work from the BP tonight!

  37. trublu4ever says:

    Dodgereric ~ blame the attendance number on Fernando 🙂

  38. nedisajerk says:

    Wow and look at the boxscore when do you see a reliever pitch 6 innings? Hudler still hasn’t used his closer yet. Old friend Proctor is pitching for the braves

  39. nedisajerk says:

    I forgot Paul was up to.

  40. nedisajerk says:

    Wow both team getting there bullpen ERA down.

  41. nedisajerk says:

    Daniel McCutchen pitching for Pittsburgh PIT ATL
    J Heyward grounded out to second. 3 3
    J Lugo walked. 3 3
    J Schafer singled to center, J Lugo to third. 3 3
    J Schafer to second on fielder’s indifference. 3 3
    S Proctor grounded into fielder’s choice to third, J Lugo scored, J Schafer to third. 3 4

    lol at Proctor but it look like the Pirates got screw.

  42. dodgereric says:

    Ah, I don’t blame anything on Fernando. I love Fernando. I remember working at my job, Opening Day in ’81, listening to the game and grinning like an idiot, thinking the same thing as I did with Magic Johnson a couple of years earlier – “….and he’s so young, we’ll have many days like this…” Other than that, it’s a statistical anomaly. Even a blind hog will find an acorn once in a while.

    Game 55 attendance (2010): 38,886
    Today’s attendance courtesy of junie: 50,664
    Greater than last year = 9 / Less than last year = 45

    Games less than 30,000 this season – 8
    Games less than 30,000 in 2005 – 2010: none
    Last game was 9/14/2004 – 29,704

    Lowest attended game of the year: Game 8 – 27,439
    Largest single game drop: Game 18 (55,662 – 28,419 = 27,243)

    2010 attendance (55 games) – 2,455,572 (44,647 average)
    2011 attendance (55 games) – 2,020,890 (36,743 average) #10 in MLB

    Drop of 434,682 total
    Average drop of 7903
    Extrapolated for 81 games – 640,168
    Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,976,220
    2010’s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)

    Next game’s (56) attendance in 2010 – 48,988

    Crowds less than 30,000 in 2010: none. 2011: 8
    Crowds 30,000 – 39,999 in 2010: 12. 2011: 33
    Crowds 40,000 – 49,999 in 2010: 32. 2011: 9
    Crowds 50,000 – 55,999 in 2010: 7. 2011: 2
    Sellouts (56,000) in 2010: 4. 2011: 3

  43. 32and53fan says:

    I guess Van Lingle Mungo did not get much action tonight.

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