Ryan Madson

Best way for Dodgers to win the World Series is by adding a pitcher

Best way for Dodgers to win the World Series is by adding a pitcher

There is no great mystery about the most effective way to win a World Series. The Dodgers demonstrated how in 1963, when they swept the New York Yankees.

The Dodgers got 108 outs in that World Series. Their starting pitchers got 106 of them.

Sandy Koufax pitched two complete games. Don Drysdale pitched one. Johnny Podres, that slacker, came within two outs of a complete game.

Baseball has changed radically over the last half a century, and so have the means to that championship end.

Koufax threw two complete games within five days. No National League team has more than two complete games this season.

The factors are many and familiar: pitch counts that...

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