Derek Lowe (5-8, 3.88) vs.
Sandy Koufax Jonathan Sanchez (8-4, 3.79).
COMMENTS: Oops, it's Jonathan Sanchez, not Sandy Koufax, that Derek Lowe will be facing in today's Giants-Dodgers series opener. But you can understand how I made that mistake, as throughout his career Sanchez has basically been Koufax's statistical dopplegänger:
|Opp BA, career|
|Highest K/9, season|
|Most Strikeouts, game|
Of course, in Koufax's case we're talking about major league career, whereas with Sanchez we're referring to his college career (at Ohio Dominican University - Go Panthers!). And thankfully, like most of us, Sanchez wasn't quite the same person in college that he is today in his professional career.
In anycase, the Dodgers go into this holiday game with an undefeated month and a 3-game winning streak on the line. Hopefully at the end of the game we'll be celebrating not only the 4th of July, but also the 4th win of July.
Happy Independence Day!