Just your typical 40-game World Series

A while ago I replayed the 1986 World Series between New York and Boston made famous by Bill Buckner’s infamous error that would have given Boston the victory in six games. Looking back at the box score, I was surprised to learn Buckner’s blunder wasn’t the only error committed by Boston that night— catcher Rich Gedman and right fielder Dwight Evans were both charged with errors, as well. Evans’ throwing error on a Mookie Wilson single in the fifth inning allowed Ray Knight to advance to third base; he later scored on a ground ball double play. New York also made two errors.

In the deciding game, Boston led 3-0 after five innings before New York exploded for 8 runs over the course of the next three innings and won handily, 8-5.

In my replay, I decided a 7-game series just wouldn’t do. I decided to play 40 games!

Not surprisingly, the series was close, with New York winning the series 21 games to 19. After being badly outplayed in the early games of the series, victory was made possible by an improbable run of 10 wins in 12 games which began with a narrow 3-2 win in game sixteen.

Interestingly, if the series had been just seven games, Boston would have dominated, winning in 5 games: 5-0, 6-3, 3-4, 4-2, and 4-1.

Series Stats

1986 New York (N) Batting

Name G AB RN R/G
Wally Backman 38 39 26 .667
Keith Hernandez 40 44 26 .591
Ray Knight 40 41 25 .610
Lenny Dykstra 39 33 21 .636
Gary Carter 36 37 20 .541
Rafael Santana 40 41 14 .341
Howard Johnson 20 21 12 .571
Darryl Strawberry 36 35 10 .286
Kevin Mitchell 14 15 8 .533
pitcher 20 20 3 .150
Mookie Wilson 19 19 3 .158
Lee Mazilli 4 5 2 .400
Ed Hearn 4 4 1 .250
George Foster 8 8 0 .000
Tim Teufel 2 2 0 .000
TOTALS 360 364 171 .470

1986 New York (N) Pitching

Name G GS CG W L Sv IP RN ER ERA
Bruce Berenyi 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Roger McDowell 16 0 0 1 1 7 25 3 3 1.08
Bob Ojeda 7 7 1 5 0 0 48 13 9 1.69
John Mitchell 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 3.00
Randy Meyers 3 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 1 3.00
Dwight Gooden 8 8 3 4 1 0 59 21 20 3.05
Rick Aguilera 8 8 0 3 2 0 51 26 22 3.88
Ron Darling 8 8 3 2 4 0 54 26 26 4.33
Sid Fernandez 8 8 1 2 4 0 51 31 28 4.94
Doug Sisk 12 0 0 3 1 1 18 11 11 5.50
Randy Niemann 7 0 0 0 2 0 15 10 10 6.00
Rick Anderson 7 0 0 0 0 0 13 11 11 7.62
Jessie Orosco 15 0 0 0 4 2 25 23 22 7.92
TOTALS 101 40 8 21 19 10 366 177 164 4.03

1986 Boston Batting

Name G AB RN R/G
Wade Boggs 39 43 43 1.000
Jim Rice 40 38 25 .658
Tony Armas 40 41 24 .585
Dwight Evans 39 41 21 .512
Bill Buckner 39 40 19 .475
Marty Barrett 40 42 15 .357
Rich Gedman 39 39 11 .282
Ed Romero 11 11 6 .545
Don Baylor 20 16 4 .250
Rey Quinones 20 20 4 .200
Spike Owen 9 10 3 .300
pitcher 20 20 2 .100
Marc Sullivan 2 2 0 .000
Steve Lyons 1 1 0 .000
Dave Stapleton 1 1 0 .000
Mike Greenwell 1 1 0 .000
TOTALS 361 366 177 .484

1986 Boston Pitching

Name G GS CG W L Sv IP RN ER ERA
Calvin Schiraldi 8 0 0 1 0 0 9 0 0 0.00
Sammy Stewart 9 0 0 1 1 0 14 1 1 0.64
Mike Brown 6 0 0 2 0 1 12 2 2 1.50
Joe Sambito 8 0 0 0 0 0 12 3 3 2.25
Oil Can Boyd 8 8 5 2 3 0 64 26 22 3.09
Bruce Hurst 7 7 3 1 4 0 53 20 20 3.40
Roger Clemens 9 9 4 6 3 0 70 29 27 3.47
Steve Crawford 8 0 0 1 0 0 11 7 5 4.09
Tom Seaver 5 5 2 1 3 0 35 17 17 4.37
Tim Lollar 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 4.50
Al Nipper 6 6 1 4 1 0 39 24 22 5.08
Jeff Sellers 5 5 0 0 3 0 30 29 24 7.20
Bob Stanley 8 0 0 0 2 0 13 12 12 8.31
TOTALS 89 40 15 19 21 1 364 171 156 3.86

 

 

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