Your team is not going to go 162-0. They will not be going 76-0 in divisional games, or 66-0 in interdivisional games, and not even 20-0 in interleague games.
Remember the famous quote by Ted Williams: Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer. There are many pitchers in today’s game that make three hits in a game by a team a difficult endeavor.
If you cannot bring yourself to admit that watching your team lose due to a masterful pitching performance is an acceptable occurrence, then may I suggest using MLB.tv to watch these three pitchers dominate against other teams.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are my favourite love-to-hate team. With the Dodgers being on the West Coast, many nights when Kershaw is pitching into the late innings (16 of 21 games he completed a minimum of 7 innings), they are the only game on. So a guy turns on the game hoping the opposition finds a way to beat him but then he throws that beautiful curveball. The video is an oldie but a goodie.
Sometimes when I notice that Bumgarner is coming up to the plate for the Giants, I will switch games momentarily to see him bat. His 2016 .186 batting average was his lowest since 2014 and well below Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta (.262) but again, the West Coast thing. Many nights when Bumgarner comes up to the plate in the late innings, most games are already over. He has been in the top 10 for Cy Young Award voting four years in a row, so tuning into a Giants game he is pitching in is more than just hoping a pitcher hits a homer.
Syndergaard’s fastball is electric. The young man can top 100 mph multiple times during one of his starts and was once noted by Sports Illustrated for having “a curveball faster than (Los Angeles Angels) Jered Weaver’s fastball“. Nicknamed Thor, Syndergaard’s Twitter account is often hilarious and heartwarming. I am not a Mets fan per se but I do attempt to watch every Syndergaard game.
Baseball has a way of ripping your ❤️out, stabbing it, putting it back in your chest, then healing itself just in time for Spring Training.
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) October 6, 2016
Dear Empire State Building: Wasn’t me (For liability purposes only) pic.twitter.com/OJvxm5s32B
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) July 26, 2016
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) February 1, 2017
Who are your favourite three pitchers who play for the opposition?