Charlie Steiner said it during Clayton’s game Sunday, right after Clayton dove and caught that popup bunt right in front of the plate and doubled the runner off of third.
That has to rank right up there with “I can’t believe what I just saw!”
Clayton is going for an unprecedented fourth ERA title in a row in the “live ball era”… as IT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE. Not Bob Gibson. Not Sandy Koufax. Not anyone! If Clayton does it this year (and he has a good chance) he will be the first – EVER!
Clayton had a 1.83 ERA last year and is now at 1.78. The last time anyone had two years in a row with an ERA below 1.85 was in 1994 and 1995 when Greg Maddux put two years together with ERA’s of 1.56 and 1.63. He was 28 and 29 years old at the time, so I would expect even greater things from Clayton in the future. Other than his rookie season when he pitched 107 innings, he has never had an ERA over 2.91.
Every time he pitches he sets some kind of new record – and he is s Dodger!
Even Vin compares him with Koufax because pitchers like them only occur 5 or 7 times a century, so I can’t help but do the same.
- In 2013, Corey Seager started the season at Great Lakes and hit .309 in 74 games, so he was promoted to RC for 27 games, where he promptly hit .160! That led to him starting again at RC this year where he hit .352 in 80 games! That led to a promotion to AA Chattanooga where he has not struggled like last year. After 17 games at AA, he is hitting .343. No struggles this time leads me to believe that he really is on a fast track. He has made a few errors and with Arrrrr on the radar, we could see move to 3B soon… or not!
- Hanley Ramirez and Troy Tulowitzki are the same person. Neither will be on the field with regularity! Pass on both. Offer Hanley arbitration and move on.
- If Rojas keeps hitting like yesterday (Hanley who?), Arrrr will stay at AAA, but if he doesn’t look for Arrrr… sooner than later (I can’t spell Erisbel Arruebarrena, so I just call him Arrrr).