50 years ago today, Sandy Koufax pitched in the last regular season game played at the LA Coliseum. You could call it a quality start. He went 13 innings to get the complete game win. Today, a quality start is considered six innings. Back then, pitchers regularly pitched complete games. Today’s pitchers pitch 25% less innings that their 1950’s and 60’s counterparts notes Fred Poulin in dobberbaseball.com. I was thinking that the amount of innings that Koufax pitched might have aggravated his arthritic arm and led to his early retirement. Fred’s article suggests that the opposite may be true and today’s pitchers may not be throwing enough innings to prevent injury.
Today’s K – Kershaw will try for his 20th win today in his 4th matchup with Tim Lincecum. In games against Lincecum this year, Kershaw is 3-0 with no earned runs allowed in 23 innings, racking up 30 strikeouts against just three walks. I hope he makes it 30 scoreless innings tonight. If that happens, he will take another step toward the Cy Young award.
Dylan Hernandez has an article comparing Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw on the LA Times web site.
This Day in Dodgers History
September 20, 1961 – In a 13-inning contest, Sandy Koufax goes the distance beating the Cubs, 3-2, in the last regular season game to be played at the LA Memorial Coliseum, which was originally built for the 1932 Olympics. The Dodgers are leaving the only home they have known since moving from Brooklyn four seasons ago to play in a brand new stadium in Chavez Ravine, located a few miles from downtown Los Angeles.