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Dodgers Advance Notes Part 2

October 14, 2016

Of course last night’s advance by L.A. at the expense of “Wash,” marks another bitter end to a Dusty Baker managed season. His managed teams are now (1-11), the same abysmal record the Texas Rangers have in division series home games, in their last 12 games in which they had a chance to clinch a series.

Last season, when the Mets with Daniel Murphy playing a key, if not decisive role, defeated the Dodgers in a Thursday night game 5 of a division series, as I cited then, it ended a streak of 25 times that the game 4 winner of a Dodgers’ series won that series.

That was due to the fact L.A. with Clayton Kershaw pitching on 3 days rest (of course greats like Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, and yes Mickey Lolich pitched 7th game of the World Series wins on 2 days rest) won game 4.

Last night, with Kershaw getting Murphy out with 2 on and 1 out, and L.A. clinging to the one run lead the team eventually held to win, it marked the 9th time, the game 4 winner won the series in the 9 such Dodgers’ series involving Dusty Baker. The previous 8 were with Baker as a Dodgers’ player in 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983.

For the record, the 25 game streak, lasting over 60 years from October 4, 1955 until October 15, 2015, included 11 World Series (1955, 1956, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1988), 10 NLCS (1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1988, 2008, 2009 and 2013) and 4 division series (1981, 2004, 2013 and 2014).

Before last year’s Mets win vs L.A. ended the streak, the last time the game 4 winner in a Dodgers’ post-season series lost that series was the 1953 World Series when the vaunted New York Yankees made it an incredible 5 straight titles, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers in six games, having lost game four.

 

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