This is the first post of my replay of the 1985 National League Cy Young Award Race. I’m replaying (using as played lineups) the starts of Fernando Valenzuela, John Tudor, and Dwight Gooden. I’m playing Strat-o-Matic Cards & Dice and then entering the results into the computer game (I have version 10) afterward. I’ve never used the computer game to keep stats in this way before, so this is new to me. Also, I’m autoplaying every NL game that doesn’t have one of these 3 pitching. I hope to see a couple of good races. I plan on playing the NLCS when it’s all said and done, too.
I doubt that I’ll post every boxscore here, probably just the interesting ones. So, with that said, let’s go on to a very interesting result in the very first game of the race!
April 9, 1985
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (Valenzuela) vs. HOUSTON ASTROS (Ryan)
Fernando Valenzuela versus Nolan Ryan on opening day in the Astrodome. I’m playing this replay for the excitement of Valenzuela, Tudor, and Gooden’s starts, but it was a pleasant surprise to see this gem come from the great Ryan Express. I’ve never had a no-hitter in my thousands of Strat games, and only a handful of one-hitters. Add Nolan Ryan to the list of one-hitters: