The 12+ Strikeout Games (the bad kind) Report

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
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Generated 10/4/2013.