Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler each struck out 11 games in their start this week, which leads the podcast in this episode.
We also reminisce on Keibert Ruiz’s debut, the brothers Seager facing off for the first time, and Austin Barnes’ hitting streak. As a note, we recorded this before Cody Bellinger’s walk-off homer Saturday and obviously also before the Dodgers’ seven-homer outburst Sunday.
After Ruiz homered in his first major league at-bat, it made us think of Jose Offerman, who did the same in 1990 for the Dodgers. Baseball America named Offerman a top-10 prospect in baseball in both 1990 and 1991. He played parts of six seasons with the Dodgers, and made an All-Star team at shortstop in 1995. Offerman holds the Los Angeles Dodgers record with 25 sacrifice bunts in 1993.
In his first two seasons with the Dodgers (1992-93), Offerman led the majors in errors. Those miscues first came up in his third major league game, when he botched two potential game-ending double plays in a nine-run ninth inning for the Phillies. Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts wrote about the 30th anniversary of that comeback — Dodgers led 11-1 in the eighth, 11-3 in the ninth — on Friday.
Episode link (time: 1:06:27)