The 12+ Strikeout Games (the bad kind) Report

by Bill Chuck on October 4, 2013

When the Dodgers scored two in the top of the 2nd in Atlanta last night, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound, I figured that could be enough. When Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the top of the 3rd to make it 4-0 Los Angeles, I went to the DVR to check the CBS Evening News.

With the Dodgers 6-1 win, Kershaw earned his first career playoff victory by limiting the Braves to a run, three hits, three walks and 12 strikeouts over seven innings, and recorded the most whiffs by a Dodgers pitcher in a postseason game since Sandy Koufax struck out 15 New York Yankees in Game 1 of the 1963 World Series. A name I feel quite comfortable including in a sentence with Kershaw.

Moving beyond the brilliance of Kershaw, the Braves strike out a lot.

Teams with 20 games of 12+ strikeouts

You can’t help but judge the Braves on the company they keep.

Rk Tm # W L SO
1 HOU 43 13 30 567
2 MIN 25 8 17 343
3 NYM 23 6 17 317
4 SEA 21 4 17 286
5 ATL 21 10 11 290
6 SDP 20 6 14 273
7 CHW 20 4 16 265
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/4/2013.

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