September 5, 2015

STRONG MEDICINE:

Summer of Doc : Just 20, pitching prodigy Dwight Gooden delivered a season for the ages (TOM VERDUCCI, 9/04/15, Sports Illustrated)

The 1985 season of Dwight Gooden, likewise, is so impressively vast as to invite our most ambitious attempts at commemoration. It was, by measure of his 1.53 ERA, the greatest season since the mound was lowered in 1969. With a 24-4 record at age 20, he became the youngest 20-game winner in baseball history.

There is more. Gooden was removed from the mound mid-inning only twice all year--and never when trailing. He took the ball to the ninth inning 18 times in his 35 starts and finished the inning every time--while allowing one run (for a ninth-inning ERA of 0.50) and only one extra-base hit (a double). He pitched 28 innings in his four losses, during which his team scored a total of one run. He lost just once in his final 25 starts.

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