Today in 1965 the Dodgers defeated the Twins to win the World Series behind a Sandy Koufax shutout in Game 7.
As a Minnesotan several of my family members consider it to be one of the worst days in the history of the world, but this video from MLB Productions of Koufax being interviewed in the clubhouse afterward by Vin Scully is still pretty cool:
That was the seventh of what turned out to be eight career postseason games for Koufax, all of them in the World Series. He had a 0.95 ERA and 61/11 K/BB ratio in 57 innings.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.