Skip to main content

Almost Goodenough

It seems like today is a good day, given the events of Msr. Sabathia and his near no-no'ness on Sunday, to tell the story of September 7, 1984.

The timing is particularly good because I recently purchased an audio cassette of the game, and recently got to hear the details of the pertinent parts.

It's the story of a day on which the Mets came as close as close could be to throwing a no-hitter.

Dwight Gooden was the pitcher. The Chicago Cubs were the opponent. The score was not an issue, as the Mets coasted, 10-0 behind home runs from George Foster and Darryl Strawberry. It was also a record-setting evening, as Gooden broke the NL record for strikeouts by a rookie pitcher, set when Grover Cleveland Alexander struck out 227 in 1911.

The only blemish on Gooden's mark that evening, an infield single by Cubs third baseman Keith Moreland, in the fifth inning, somewhat akin to that of Marlins catcher Paul Hoover in the 161st game of the 2007 season.

The hit was legit, a slowly topped ground ball on a 1-2 count that Ray Knight fielded, but couldn't release. Murphy and Lamar did not question the judgment of the official scorer (unlike the current Brewers skipper) and neither did the writers of the two game stories I read. Knight had some regrets after the game, lamenting that he was playing too far along the third base line, and that when he reached into his glove to try to make a throw, he couldn't get a good grip on the ball.

"From where I was playing, you'd have to call it a hit," Knight told the media afterwards (thanks, Chicago Tribune and NY Times). "But I'd take an error, gladly."

In fairness, Knight did more than enough later in his Mets career to make up for any thought-to-be miscue.

Gooden would get his no-hitter, nearly 12 years later, though his five-strikeout, six-walk effort was not comparable to the 11 K, 4 BB hurting he put on the division champs to be. I've only gotten through the first five innings, but the Mets crew was gushing about Gooden's marvelousness in this contest after almost every batter.

"The hit doesn't matter," Gooden said. afterwards "I just wanted to win the game."

True Metbathias know..Mets pitchers have thrown 23 complete game one-hit shutouts (including postseason). Gooden and Bobby Jones (2000 NLDS Game 4) are the only ones to do so against division winners.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Walk-Offs in Movies, TV, and Other Places

Note: I'm leaving this post up through the end of the week, a) because I don't have time to pump out something new and b)because I was hoping to build a really good list of entertainment industry walk-offs...so if you're looking for something new, check back on Monday or so... Of course, if there's a major trade or move, I'll adjust and try to post something... In the meantime, click on the "Table of Contents" link as well. It has been updated. SPOILER ALERT: Read at your own risk Caught the ending of "A League of Their Own" on one of the movie channels the other day and it got me to thinking that it would be fun to compile a list of walk-offs from movies, television, and other forms of entertainment. Here's the start, and only the start, as I spent about 30 minutes or so thinking it over Help me fill in the blanks by filling out the comments section. "A League of Their Own"-- Racine beats Rockford for the All-American Girls

The 'Duca of Earl (and walk-offs)

If I told you that the Mets had just obtained a guy who is a career .316 hitter with runners in scoring position? How about if I told you that the Mets just traded for a hitter who has consistently ranked among the toughest in baseball to strike out? Or if I mentioned that the Mets just dealt for a player who was selected to the NL All-Star team the last three seasons, with the last honor coming via a vote by his peers? So, although he's on the down side age wise, his throwing arm isn't as good as it used to be, and he doesn't provide much power, there are a lot of good things that Paul Lo Duca brings to the New York Mets. For example: He'll sacrifice his body for the good of the team The Dodgers and Braves squared off on August 23, 2002 and Lo Duca made an impact both on the start and finish of this game. Three pitches after being dusted by Greg Maddux, Lo Duca made him pay with a first-inning home run. The Braves rallied to tie the game, 3-3 in the ninth, but thei

Minutiae Break: Worst Mets Relievers

It occurs to me after 79 straight walk-off related posts and some fatigue still remaining from Saturday's finish that I did promise to bring Metspective on other issues related to the Flushing 9, so I offer this posting up as a "Minutiae Break." This came about after several discussions related to the offhand Dick Tidrow/Danny Graves remark the other day , the conclusion of which indicated that it would be fun to create a list of the worst Mets relievers of all-time. I don't want to step on the territory of other bloggers, like " Faith and Fear in Flushing ," Mets Guy in Michigan " and " Metstradamus ," so I'll tread carefully here, aided by their influence. Should any friends, family members, or fans of these pitchers visit this site, I mean no harm. I'm just here to have a little fun with this topic. The ground rules are as follows: The pitcher must have had a Mets stint as long as Dick Tidrow's (11 games, 15 2/3 innings), for