Friday, June 5, 2009

On Randy's 10 wins with the Astros

NOTE: This post was written before realizing the Houston Press ran their own story about Two Months With Randy.

So everyone probably knows by now that Randy Johnson won his 300th game yesterday vs. Washington. 24th pitcher/6th lefty, and all that. I want to jog your memory back to 1998...

July 31, the Astros trade Carlos Guillen, Freddy Garcia, and ultimately John Halama to the Mariners.

Because his 11 games were unbelievable. A few stats, if you don't mind...

Record: 10-1
ERA: 1.28
IP: 84.1
H/ER: 57/12
Strikeouts: 116
Walks: 26
Quality Starts: 10
Opponents: .191/.261/.258
10+ strikeout games: 7 (Five straight)
Complete games: 4
Complete game shutouts: 4
Wins vs NL Central opponents: 8

In eleven games, Johnson lowered his ERA 1.05 points, from 4.33 to 3.28.

-On July 31, 1998 the Astros were 3.5 games up on the Cubs
-After his last game of the regular season, the Astros were 13 games up on the Cubs
-Johnson won four games for the Astros following a loss.

So congratulations to Randy Johnson on his 300 wins. And thanks to those two months, "Houston" will appear on a Hall of Fame plaque come 2015 (provided he retires at the end of the year).

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