*March Thru History 1986*

Rob Stoddard - American League Cy Young


Rob Stoddard won the American League Cy Young Award winning 17 games for the Mariners, finishing with a 2.71 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 4.0 K/9

Mike Scott - National League Rookie of the Year


Mike Scott won the National League Rookie of the Year award, winning 19 games for the Mets. Scott finished with a 3.03 ERA, 1.14, WHIP, and 8.0 K/9

Rob Woodward - American League Rookie of the Year


Rob Woodward won 15 games for the Red Sox, winning the American League Rookie of the Year. Woodward finished with a 2.89 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 5.4 K/9

New York Yankees - 1985 World Series Champion


The New York Yankees defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 1 to win the 1985 World Series.
The Cardinals opened the series with a resounding 7-0 victory. Andy Rincon held the Yankees to 4 hits, and Leon Durham scored 3 runs on 4 hits with a double and solo home run.
The Yankees evened the Series in Game 2, as Gene Nelson held the Cardinals to 1 run on 3 hits outdueling Ray Culp who allowed 2 runs on 4 hits. The Cardinals opened the scoring in the 6th with and RBI double by Durham. The Yankees tied the game in the 7th on Oscar Gamble’s solo homer, and series MVP, Don Mattingly hit a walk off Home Run in the bottom of the 9th to give the Yankees the win 2-1.
Mattingly hit .294 with a 1.235 OPS, 2 doubles and 1 home run.
The Yankees Cy Young winner, Dave Righetti took the mound as the Series shifted to Busch Stadium for Game 3. Righetti got the win, 5-2, holding the Cardinals to 2 runs on 6 hits. Tom Paciorek hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning to give the Cardinals a short lived early lead. In the 4th, Gamble tripled and scored as the Yanks took the lead 2-1, and widened the lead in the 7th on Ruppert Jones’ RBI single and Rick Cerone’s RBI double.
The Yankees took control of the Series in Game 4 behind Ron Guidry’s 4 hit shutout. Gamble led off the scoring in the 1st with a solo Homer, and 6th inning doubles by Mattingly and Cerone closed out the scoring giving the Yankees the win 3-0.
Frank Tanana brought the World Series Trophy to New York allowing 2 runs on 6 hits outdueling Rincon who pitched a 5 hitter for the Cardinals. Joe Lefebvre opened the scoring for the Yanks with a 1st inning RBI double, and widened the lead on Willie Randolph’s RBI single. The Cardinals scored 2 in the 5th on Terry Kennedy’s RBI double, but the Yankees’ pitching allowed no more taking the Championship with the 3-2 victory.
Leon Durham led the Cardinals offense with a brilliant series: .500 Avg, 1.938 OPS, 4 doubles and 3 home runs.

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WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

W. Backman, Mets .2672 HR5 RBI
L. Whitaker, Tigers .3891 HR4 RBI
L. Parrish, Tigers .1882 HR4 RBI
K. McReynolds, Padres .2351 HR5 RBI
W. Upshaw, Blue Jays .3082 HR3 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

L. Salazar, Padres 2 for 19 (.105)
C. May, Tigers 3 for 19 (.158)
B. Perkins, Padres 3 for 19 (.158)
K. Gibson, Tigers 5 for 19 (.263)
M. Wagner, Tigers 2 for 16 (.125)

Leaders: OPS

D. Walker, Reds .960
J. Rice, Red Sox .932
T. Bernazard, Expos .932
B. Horner, Braves .922
W. Aikens, Royals .922

Leaders: SO/9

N. Ryan, Astros 8.8
M. Soto, Reds 8.4
S. Fernandez, Mets 8.2
M. Scott, Mets 8.1
J. DeLeon, Pirates 8.1

New York Mets - 1984 World Series Champion


Falling behind 3 games to 1, the New York Mets won the last 3 games, beating the Seattle Mariners 4 games to 3 to win the 1984 World Series.
Byron McLaughlin held the Mets to 3 runs on 6 hits getting the Game 1 victory. The Mariners scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning, 3 unearned to take the game 4-3.
Kevin Kobel got the Mets in the win column shutting out the Mariners allowing only 4 hits. The Mets offense exploded, scoring 10 runs in the first four innings in route to a 15-0 Game 2 victory. Dick Dietz, Hubie Brooks and Series MVP Steve Henderson each hit homers, with Brooks leading the way with 4 RBI.
Steve Henderson hit .364 with a 1.591 OPS, 2 doubles, 3 Home Runs and 7 RBI.
Bob Stoddard got the complete game win for the Mariners in Game 3, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. Bill Stein opened the scoring for the Mariners with a Solo home Run in the 4th, and extended the lead in the 6th with solo homers by Ted Cox and Greg Pryor. The Mets tied the game in the top of 7th, and the Mariners responded in the bottom half on a RBI double by Rod Craig and RBI single by Bob Stein to get the victory 5-3.
The Mariners pitching continued to roll in Game 4. Kip Young pitched a complete game allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and the Mariners took a commanding 3 games to 1 Series lead. Stein started the scoring in the 1st with a RBI single, and Craig Robinson hit a 2 run homer in the 2nd to extend the Mariner lead. The Mets narrowed the lead 3-2, and the Mariners responded with 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th to take the game 7-2.
Game 5 was phenomenal. The pitching was on fire, with the game going 12 scoreless innings. McLaughlin pitched 8 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, and Doc Gooden pitched 9 scoreless innings striking out 9. In the top of 13th inning, the Mets scored on Gary Rajsich’s solo homer and Dietz followed with a 2 run shot to give the Mets the lead 3-0. Dave Henderson responded for the Mariners with a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 13th, but the Mets closed out the win 3-2.
The Mets took the early lead in Game 6 with back to back doubles in the 1st by Rajsich, Lee Mazzilli and Dietz. The Mariners responded taking the lead 5-3. The Mets responded scoring on a 2 run double by Steve Henderson in the 6th and and RBI single by Dietz in the 7th to send the Series to game 7 with a 8-5 victory.
Don Wilson gave the Mets the World Championship holding the Mariners to 1 run. The Mariners got 10 hits in the game, but Wilson kept them from crossing the plate. The Mets scored all 5 of their runs in the 1st inning, capping it off with a 2 run homer by Steve Henderson, taking the victory 5-1.
Rod Craig led the Mariners offense with a .379 Avg, 1.276 OPS, and 6 doubles.


Cincinnati Reds - 1983 World Series Champion


The Cincinnati Reds beat the Boston Red Sox 4 games to 2 to win the 1983 World Series.
The Reds took the lead in Game 1 on George Foster’s 2 run homer in the 4th. The Red Sox rallied for 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th on Carl Yastrzemski’s 3 run homer. The Reds responded in the top of the 7th, scoring 5 runs on Ken Griffey’s bases loaded double to give the Reds the victory 7-4.
The Reds scored 9 runs on 11 hits in Game 2 running away with a 9-5 victory. Johnny Bench scored 4 runs on 3 hits, and Dan Driessen drove in 5 with a 2 run double in the 4th and a 3 run homer in the 6th.
Dennis Eckersley took the mound with the Red Sox desperately needing a Game 3 victory and delivered with a 2 hit shutout. Mario Soto allowed only 1 run on 7 hits for the Reds, a 6th inning solo home run by Rich Gedman, giving the Red Sox the victory 1-0.
The Red Sox jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in Game 4, scoring on Fred Lynn’s 2 run homer in the 1st and Dwight Evans’ solo shot in the 2nd. The Reds battled back tying the game in the 5th on Ron Oester’s RBI triple. The game remained tied into the 9th, and the Reds got the game winning run when Leron Lee scored from 3rd beating the throw on a Ray Knight RBI ground ball. The Reds took the series lead 3 games to 1 with the 4-3 victory.
Bob Ojeda allowed 2 runs on 4 hits pitching 7 strong innings to give the Red Sox a much needed game 5 victory 6-5. Yaz opened the scoring for the Red Sox with a 2nd inning home run, Evans hit a 2 run homer in the 5th, and Tony Perez hit a 2 run homer in the 9th. The Reds rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th on 4 walks by the Red Sox bullpen, falling 1 run short.
In Game 6, Series MVP Tom Seaver allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, bringing the World Series trophy to Cincinnati. Down 0-1 in the 5th, the Reds broke the game open, scoring 5 runs behind George Foster’s 3 run homer. Griffey and Mendoza hit RBI singles, giving the Reds the championship with a 6-2 victory. In the Series, Seaver won 2 games with a 4.11 ERA, 0.910 WHIP, and 7.06 K/9.
George Foster led the Reds on offense with 2 Home Runs, 1 Triple, and 7 RBI. Carl Yastrzemski led the Red Sox batting .316 with a 1.474 OPS, 2 Home Runs and 5 RBI.

Philadelphia Phillies - 1982 World Series Champion


The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago White Sox 4 games to 3 to win their 3rd consecutive World Championship.
Game 1 of the World Series was a thriller. The Phillies jumped out to a 7-1 lead scoring 4 runs in the 1st on 5 hits and Series MVP Greg Luzinski’s 2 run homer in the 2nd. The White Sox came roaring back in the 7th on Bobby Gritch’s 3 run homer to cut the lead to 7-6. The onslaught continued in the 8th; Frank Tepedino double in 2, and John Lowenstein followed with a 3 run homer to give the White sox the win 11-7.
Roger Nelson took the win for the White Sox in game 2, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. With the score tied at 2 in the 3rd, Larry Lintz put the Sox on top to stay with a RBI single. The White Sox took the game 3-2 and had a 2-0 series lead heading home to Comiskey Park.
The Phillies needed a win and Marty Bystrom came through pitching a 3 hit shutout. The Phillies scored their runs early, on RBI singles by Larry Bowa and Lonnie Smith, and cruised to a 6-0 game 3 victory.
The Phillies tied the Series in game 4 behind the pitching of Larry Christenson, who allowed 1 run on 4 hits. The Phillies once again jumped on top early on back to back doubles by Luzinski and Keith Moreland, cruising to a 7-2 win.
With the injury bug hitting the White Sox hard, the Phillies’ Steve Carlton took the mound and continued to shut down the White Sox bats. Carlton struck out 9 allowing 6 hits to get the game 5 win, 6-3, putting the Phillies on top 3 games to 2 heading home to Veterans Stadium. Moreland and Luzinski had RBI doubles for the Phillies.
With their backs to the wall, the White Sox got their bats going early in game 6. Thad Bosley opened the game with a solo Home Run and Lowenstein followed with another. The Phillies came back to take the lead 3-2 on Manny Trillo’s 2 run triple and McBride’s RBI single. After tying the game in the 5th, the Sox took the lead for good in the 6th on Home Runs by Dusty Baker and Ed Brinkman. The Phillies narrowed the lead, but the Sox hung on to force a game 7 with the win, 6-5.
In game 7, Marty Bystrom got his second win of the Series to give the Phillies the World Championship 5-3. The Phillies took the lead in the 1st on an RBI single by Luzinski and an RBI double by Mike Schmidt. They never relinquished the lead.
Series MVP Greg Luzinski finished the series with 3 doubles, 2 HR, 7 RBI, batting .333 with a 1.458 OPS. Frank Tepedino led the White Sox offense batting .381 with a 1.048 OPS with 1 double and 1 HR.

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