Big time early season matchup between division favorites from Chavez Ravine. Opening Day - Dodger Stadium 4-9-81 Dodgers 4, Astros 3 WP: Fernando Valenzuela (1-0) LP: Dave Smith (0-1) Save: Steve Howe (1) HR's: Astros - Alan Ashby (1) Dodgers - Ken Landreaux (1), Dusty Baker (1) 4-11-81 Dodgers 10, Astros 0 WP: Jerry Reuss (1-0) LP: Don Sutton (0-1) HR's: Dodgers - Ron Cey 2 (2), Pedro Guerrero (1) Reuss with a 3 hit shutout 4-12-81 Dodgers 4, Astros 3 WP: Burt Hooton (1-0) LP: Bob Knepper (0-1) HR's: Astros - Denny Walling (1), Dodgers - Ron Cey (3) Dodgers send a message with opening series sweep of the Astros.
Expos travel to Pittsburgh for this opening series. Opening Day - Three Rivers Stadium 4-9-81 Pirates 8, Expos 7 (11 innings) WP: Kent Tekulve (1-0) LP: Bill Lee (0-1) HR's: Pirates - Jason Thompson (1), Tony Pena (1) 4-11-81 Pirates 4, Expos 3 WP: Enrique Romo (1-0) LP: Bill Gullickson (0-1) Save: Kent Tekulve (1) HR's: None 4-12-81 Expos 6, Pirates 5 WP: Scott Sanderson (1-0) LP: Rod Scurry (0-1) Save: Jeff Reardon (1) HR's: Expos - Gary Carter 2 (2) Three 1 run games between these two teams.
Yes we know that a season replay will take forever, but while most of the seasons from 1978 to 1987 are great there is one I really want to play out. That is the strike shortened 1981 season. We will endeavor to play a 162 game season. The season has a lot of intrigue. The teams with the best records in each league didn't even make the playoffs (A's and Reds). Players such as Mike Schmidt, Fernando Valenzuela, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, and Rickey Henderson have the potential for HUGE years. I have always wanted to take these great players through the 162 game season. Hope you will join us on this long journey!