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Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Mike Scott

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Every Met fan even today cringe when they hear the name Mike Scott. He was the reason the 1986 Mets almost didn’t make it to the World Series. The key word was almost. He was so dominant in the NLCS against the Mets in games 1 and 4 …the feeling was if this reached a game 7 the Mets would face Mike Scott again and chances are…yep no world series. Scott had a lot of incentive to beat the Mets …they drafted him and eventually traded him to Houston so the stage was set when he face them in the playoffs in 1986.

Scott was drafted by the Mets in the 2nd round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his Major League debut with the Mets in 1979. The Mets traded Scott to the Astros for Danny Heep on December 11, 1982. By the end of the 1982 season, Scott had compiled a 14-27 major league record and was happy to be traded away from the poorly managed Mets that featured a four-man starting pitching rotation. Scott continued to struggle in his first two seasons with the Astros, going 15-17.

The turning point in Scott’s career came in 1985, when he became a student of legendary pitching coach Roger Craig. Craig taught Scott the split-finger fastball, a pitch he had made famous while coaching the pitchers of the 1984 World Series champion Detroit Tigers. Scott became an 18-game winner in 1985 and was rewarded with a new three-year deal with the Astros, valued at around two million dollars.

Scott had his most successful season in 1986, when he posted an 18-10 record with a 2.22 ERA, striking out a league-leading 306 batters. In addition, on September 25 of that season, he threw a 2-0 no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants at the Astrodome to clinch the National League West division title for the Astros. This game was voted one of the top-5 games played in the Astrodome after the Astros moved to Enron Field following the 1999 season.

Scott’s outstanding form continued into the postseason, when Houston faced the Eastern Division champion New York Mets in the 1986 National League Championship Series. The Astros lost the series, 4 games to 2, but those two Astros’ victories were courtesy of Scott’s overwhelming starting pitching performances in Games 1 and 4.

In recognition of his regular season performance, Scott was awarded the 1986 National League Cy Young Award as the league’s best pitcher. Additionally, Scott was voted the NL 1986 NLCS MVP, the first time in NLCS history that a member of the losing team was so honored.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday salutes …Met killer …Mike Scott.



MLB debut
April 18, 1979 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
April 13, 1991 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
Win–loss record 124–108
Earned run average 3.54
Strikeouts 1,469
Career highlights and awards



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