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West Division

East Division

Series Wrapup

Story

After failing to advance to the postseason the previous year, the New York Mets reestablished themselves as the National League’s dominant team in 1988, finishing the regular season with a record of 100-60, 15 games ahead of the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates in the N.L. East.

Clearly the strongest team in the senior circuit, the Mets finished first in the league with 703 runs scored, 152 home runs, and a team ERA of 2.91.  Kevin McReynolds and Darryl Strawberry paced New York on offense.  McReynolds hit 27 home runs, knocked in 99 runs, batted .288, and went a perfect 21-for-21 in stolen base attempts.  Strawberry led the team with 101 runs batted in and 101 runs scored, and he also topped the circuit with 39 home runs and a .545 slugging average, en route to earning a second-place finish in the N.L. MVP voting.

The Mets’ greatest strength continued to be their pitching staff, which featured three of the league’s top hurlers in Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling, and David Cone.  Gooden finished 18-9 with a 3.19 ERA.  Darling went 17-9 with an ERA of 3.25.  Cone served as the ace of the staff, placing among the league leaders with a record of 20-3, a 2.22 ERA, 213 strikeouts, and 231 innings pitched.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers captured the Western Division title even though they possessed an extremely limited number of offensive weapons.  The Dodgers finished tied for sixth in the league with 628 runs scored, and they also placed eighth in the rankings with only 99 home runs.  Steve Sax, Mike Marshall, and Kirk Gibson were the club’s only real threats on offense.  Sax batted .277, collected 175 hits, and stole 42 bases.  Marshall also batted .277, hit 20 homers, and led the team with 82 runs batted in.  Gibson knocked in 76 runs, stole 31 bases, and finished first on the club with 25 home runs, 106 runs scored, and a .290 batting average, en route to earning N.L. MVP honors.

While the Dodgers struggled at times on offense, their exceptional pitching enabled them to compile a regular-season record of 94-67 that placed them seven games ahead of the runner-up Cincinnati Reds in the N.L. West.  Featuring an outstanding trio of starters and a deep bullpen, Los Angeles finished second in the league to New York with a team ERA of 2.96.  Tim Belcher finished 12-6 with a 2.91 ERA.  Tim Leary won 17 games, also compiled a 2.91 ERA, and led the staff with 180 strikeouts.  Orel Hershiser established himself as the ace of the staff and the league’s best pitcher over the course of the season, posting a record of 23-8, a 2.26 ERA, 178 strikeouts, and a league-leading 267 innings pitched, 15 complete games, and eight shutouts.  Hershiser threw six of his shutouts in succession at the end of the year, en route to setting a new major league record by tossing 59 consecutive scoreless innings (Don Drysdale held the previous mark with 58 straight scoreless frames in 1968).  Hershiser’s extraordinary performance earned him N.L. Cy Young honors.    

Hershiser continued to pitch brilliantly against New York in the NLCS, leading his team to a stunning seven-game victory over the heavily-favored Mets.  The Dodger right-hander compiled a 1.09 ERA in his three starts, posted a record of 1-0, came out of the bullpen to earn a save, and threw a complete-game shutout in the decisive seventh contest.  

After surprising the Mets, Los Angeles pulled off an even bigger upset by defeating the powerful Oakland A’s in the World Series.  The Dodgers set the tone for the entire Series by ending Game One in remarkable fashion.  Trailing 4-3 with one man on and two men out in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Dodgers sent a limping Kirk Gibson to the plate to pinch hit against Oakland’s ace reliever Dennis Eckersley.  After working the count to 3-2, Gibson fouled off several pitches before he unleashed a one-arm swing that drove Eckersley’s next offering into the right-field stands.  Gibson’s two-run blast gave the Dodgers a 5-4 win and provided them with all the momentum they needed to win the Series four-games-to-one.  Hershiser earned Series MVP honors by posting victories in Games Two and Five.

Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

• August 9 - The Chicago Cubs won the first official night game at Wrigley Field by beating the New York Mets 6–4.

• October 20 - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser ended his dream season with a 5–2 four-hitter over the Oakland Athletics in Game Five of the World Series.  The win gave the Dodgers their first world championship since 1981.

• Mickey Hatcher, a sub for the injured Kirk Gibson, led all World Series players with a .368 batting average and five runs batted in.

• San Diego’s Tony Gwynn led the National League with a .313 batting average – the lowest mark ever posted by a batting champion in the senior circuit.

• Cincinnati's Tom Browning hurled a perfect game against Los Angeles on September 16.

• Montreal’s Andres Galarraga led the National League with 184 hits, 42 doubles, and 329 total bases.

• San Francisco's Will Clark hit 29 home runs, scored 102 runs, and led the league with 109 runs batted in and 100 walks.

• Despite failing to steal 100 bases for the first time in his career, Vince Coleman of the Cardinals won his fourth consecutive stolen base title by topping the circuit with 81 thefts.

• Orel Hershiser and Cincinnati’s Danny Jackson tied for the National League lead with 23 wins and 15 complete games.

• Joe Magrane of St. Louis compiled a league-leading 2.18 ERA.

• Pittsburgh’s Andy Van Slyke hit 25 home runs, knocked in 100 runs, scored 101 others, batted .288, stole 30 bases, and led the league with 15 triples.

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Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
ATL 2163 5440 555 1319 527 .207 228 28 96 95 69 1891 .319 .289 .617 136 46 74
CHN 2105 5675 660 1481 612 .191 262 46 113 120 46 2174 .308 .329 .700 109 46 57
CIN 2203 5426 641 1334 588 .158 246 25 122 207 56 1996 .283 .217 .565 99 51 69
HOU 2158 5494 617 1338 575 .174 239 31 96 198 71 1927 .298 .245 .589 103 44 77
LAN 2241 5431 628 1346 587 .156 217 25 99 131 46 1910 .264 .208 .523 118 50 95
MON 2234 5573 628 1400 575 .181 260 48 107 189 89 2077 .312 .245 .588 120 44 66
NYN 2018 5408 703 1387 659 .271 251 24 152 140 51 2142 .357 .415 .787 94 56 65
PHI 2193 5403 597 1294 567 .178 246 31 106 112 49 1920 .298 .256 .607 106 48 67
PIT 2196 5379 651 1327 619 .167 240 45 110 119 60 1987 .299 .245 .588 97 60 66
SDN 2020 5366 594 1325 566 .205 205 35 94 123 50 1882 .305 .282 .616 117 45 106
SFN 2188 5450 670 1353 629 .172 227 44 113 121 78 2007 .307 .243 .590 96 51 91
SLN 2152 5518 578 1373 536 .181 207 33 71 234 64 1859 .311 .234 .580 110 48 105

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
ATL 478 54 106 1444 810 524 6246 1481 108 82.740 658 741 14 3 25 45 28
CHN 453 77 85 1463 897 490 6276 1494 115 83.440 631 694 30 9 29 56 26
CIN 504 87 74 1455 934 504 6017 1271 121 70.540 541 596 24 10 43 33 37
HOU 446 82 80 1476 1049 478 6184 1339 123 59.060 558 631 21 10 40 31 34
LAN 457 94 67 1464 1029 473 6050 1291 84 81.490 482 544 32 15 49 43 30
MON 470 81 81 1482 923 476 6129 1310 122 63.920 510 592 18 6 43 39 41
NYN 401 100 60 1439 1100 404 5877 1253 78 45.650 465 532 31 17 46 41 40
PHI 498 65 96 1433 859 628 6269 1447 118 113.030 662 734 16 3 36 52 19
PIT 473 85 75 1440 790 469 6032 1349 108 62.840 555 616 12 4 46 66 40
SDN 399 83 78 1450 885 439 5981 1332 112 50.750 528 583 30 4 39 41 16
SFN 452 83 79 1463 875 422 6047 1323 99 67.490 552 626 25 11 42 44 22
SLN 495 76 86 1470 881 486 6151 1387 91 74.090 567 633 17 7 42 60 33

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
ATL 2487 7440 5451 1823 166 .975 17352 148 63 0 12
CHN 2462 7482 5492 1841 149 .969 17574 139 77 1.00 15
CIN 2566 7392 5421 1825 146 .964 17461 129 72 0 13
HOU 2505 7388 5488 1746 154 .959 17699 211 47 0 8
LAN 2641 7365 5424 1770 171 .977 17562 126 74 0 7
MON 2541 7512 5516 1838 158 .963 17792 194 58 0 14
NYN 2494 7154 5360 1660 134 .973 17269 204 52 0 15
PHI 2578 7297 5449 1684 164 .965 17196 185 66 0 18
PIT 2508 7420 5444 1831 145 .975 17288 142 58 0 8
SDN 2478 7363 5429 1799 135 .973 17388 74 56 0 11
SFN 2623 7457 5487 1812 158 .963 17548 119 44 0 19
SLN 2532 7535 5453 1936 146 .967 17649 118 62 0 9

West

team W L Att Rk SOP
Los Angeles Dodgers 94 67 2980262 1 1029
Cincinnati Reds 87 74 2072528 2 934
San Francisco Giants 83 79 1785297 4 875
San Diego Padres 83 78 1506896 3 885
Houston Astros 82 80 1933505 5 1049
Atlanta Braves 54 106 848089 6 810

Central

East

team W L Att Rk SOP
New York Mets 100 60 3055445 1 1100
Pittsburg Pirates 85 75 1866713 2 790
Montreal Expos 81 81 1478659 3 923
Chicago Cubs 77 85 2089034 4 897
St. Louis Cardinals 76 86 2892799 5 881
Philadelphia Philies 65 96 1990041 6 859

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1988 NLCS, 1988 World Series, Andres Galarraga, Andy Van Slyke, Danny Jackson, Darryl Strawberry, David Cone, Dennis Eckersley, Dwight Gooden, Joe Magrane, Kevin McReynolds, Kirk Gibson, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mickey Hatcher, Mike Marshall, New York Mets, Orel Hershiser, Ron Darling, Ryne Sandberg, Steve Sax, Tim Belcher, Tim Leary, Tom Browning, Tony Gwynn, Vince Coleman, Will Clark

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