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Game Thread: Kerry Wood Strikes Out 20

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Here's a pretty good way to start getting revved up for the 2009 season. MLB Network is showing Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout game right now, (6:00 p.m. Sunday), and then again Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. (The link is to the box score.) This was only the fifth start of Wood's big-league career, and per the Game Score stat, it is arguably the most "dominant" start by any pitcher, ever. (It gets the nod over perfect games due to the balance of strikeouts vs. hits and walks. Hat-tip to odrarek and pased_ball.) Despite huge years from McGwire and Sosa, Houston led the league with 5.40 runs per game and a 117 OPS+. This was pre-bandbox, and pre-the-NL-really-sucks. Here are the hitters who were in the Astros lineup that day, along with their OPS+ for the 1998 season: Craig Biggio - 139 Derek Bell - 125 Jeff Bagwell - 158 Jack Howell - 125 Moises Alou - 157 Dave Clark - 47 Ricky Gutierrez - 79 Brad Ausmus - 91

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