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Top 9 Baseball’s Biggest Generation Gaps Between Starting Pitchers of All Time

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be represented on the mound by 20-year-old rookie Julio Urias, while the Cubs will be starting 37-year-old right-hander John Lackey. This matchup will represent one of the largest age disparities between starters in postseason history and just the ninth in which the differential was 17 years or more.

1. Rich Harden vs. Kenny Rogers: 17 years, 20 days (6,229 days)

On Oct. 13, 2006, the Athletics, trailing 2-0 in the American League Championship Series, sent Rich Harden (24 years, 317 days old) to the bump in Game 3 against the Tigers’ Kenny Rogers (41 years, 337 days old). Harden allowed three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings and was no match for his senior counterpart. Rogers went 7 1/3 scoreless, leading the Tigers to a 3-0 victory. It was the second of three consecutive scoreless starts for Rogers that postseason; he became the first pitcher with three straight scoreless starts in a single postseason since Christy Mathewson in 1905. Mathewson pitched complete-game shutouts in Game 1, 3 and 5 of the World Series that year.

2. Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Curt Schilling: 17 years, 2 months, 8 days (6,278 days)

On Oct. 25, 2007, the Rockies, down 1-0 in the World Series to the Red Sox, tasked Ubaldo Jimenez (23 years, 276 days old) with evening the series in Game 2. Jimenez struggled with his command and walked five over 4 2/3 innings, but he kept Colorado in the game by allowing just two runs. He was no match for the greatest postseason pitcher of all time, Curt Schilling (40 years, 345 days), who allowed one run in his 5 1/3 innings of work. The Red Sox won the game 2-1 en route to a series sweep.

3. Roger Clemens vs. Don Sutton: 17 years, 4 months, and 2 days (6,333 days)

On Oct. 11, 1986, in Game 4 of the ALCS, the Red Sox sent the eventual AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP, Roger Clemens (24 years, 68 days old), to the mound for a crucial Game 4 with Boston trailing two games to one. The Rocket cruised through the first eight innings, allowing no runs and striking out nine. He was pulled in the ninth after giving up a leadoff home run and allowing two of the next three batters to reach on singles. In all, he was charged with three runs (all earned) in 8 1/3 innings as Boston’s bullpen allowed the inherited runners to score. The Angels got what they needed out of their starter, Don Sutton (41 years, 192 days old), with 6 1/3 innings of one run ball. California went on to win 4-3 and take a 3-1 series lead. The Angels were well on their way to the World Series with a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning of Game 5, but Don Baylor and Dave Henderson helped bring the series back to Boston, where the Sox claimed two lopsided wins and the AL crown.

4. Dwight Gooden vs. Nolan Ryan: 17 years, 9 months, 16 days (6,499 days)

This is my favorite game on the list. Old lion against young lion.

On Oct. 14, 1986, the Mets sent Dwight Gooden (21 years, 332 days old), a Rookie of the Year at 19 and a Cy Young Award winner at 20, up against one of the most feared pitchers in history, Nolan Ryan (39 years and 256 days old), in Game 5 of an NLCS tied at two games apiece. Ryan gave what normally would be an unbeatable performance — he allowed two hits and a walk and struck out 12 over nine innings — but Doc outlasted him. Gooden spun 10 innings of one-run ball. The Mets eventually won 2-1 in 12 innings at Shea Stadium. New York went on to win Game 6 in 16 innings, and later captured the World Series, too.

Who would have thought Ryan would pitch another seven years, until age 46? During his remaining seasons, from 1987-93, he outpitched Gooden, who didn’t turn out to be the Hall of Famer everyone was sure he’d become.

From 1987-93:

Ryan: 196 starts, 3.33 ERA (116 ERA+), 1,271 2/3 innings, 1,437 strikeouts, 2.86 FIP, 1.148 WHIP
Gooden: 197 starts, 3.44 ERA (105 ERA+), 1,383 2/3 innings, 1,091 strikeouts, 2.95 FIP, 1.236 WHIP

5. Julio Urias vs. John Lackey: 17 years, 9 months, 20 days (6,503 days)

This will be the gap between Urias (20 years, 68 days old) and Lackey (37 years, 362 days old) when they meet up Wednesday. Urias will be making his first career postseason start, while Lackey will be making his 22nd. Lackey’s first postseason start was Oct. 12, 2002, in Game 4 of the ALCS. He went seven innings, struck out seven, and did not allow a run. Later that October, he won Game 7 of the World Series against the Giants. Urias was just 6 years old at the time.

6. John Stuper vs. Phil Niekro: 18 years, 1 month, 8 days (6,613 days)

On Oct. 9, 1982, the Cardinals’ John Stuper (25 years, 153 days old) and the Braves’ Phil Niekro (43 years, 191 days old old) met in Game 2 of the NLCS. Both pitchers allowed two earned runs over six innings, but Stuper’s Cards prevailed. Stuper later hurled a gem in Game 6 of the World Series with the Cardinals trailing the Brewers three games to two. He allowed just one run in a complete-game effort as the Cards won handily 13-1. The next night, St. Louis won Game 7 and captured its first world championship since 1967. The ’67 team was spearheaded by Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, who tossed three complete-game victories against the Red Sox.

7. Bob Wolcott vs. Dennis Martinez: 19 years, 3 months, 25 days (7,057 days)

On Oct. 10, 1995, in Game 1 of the ALCS, the Mariners — after using Randy Johnson for the final three innings of the deciding ALDS game against the Yankees — rolled out rookie Bob Wolcott (22 years, 32 days old) against the heavy-hitting Indians. The durable Dennis Martinez (41 years, 149 days old) got the call for the Indians. Wolcott went seven innings, allowing two runs, and earned an improbable victory against a lineup that featured Kenny Lofton, Omar Vizquel, Carlos Baerga, Albert Belle, Eddie Murray, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Paul Sorrento and Sandy Alomar. Martinez took the loss, allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

8. Matt Garza vs. Jamie Moyer: 21 years, 8 days (7,678 days)

On Oct. 25, 2008, in Game 3 of the World Series, the Rays sent Matt Garza (24 years and 334 days old) to the hill with the series tied at a game apiece. The Phillies countered with their most reliable starter not named Cole Hamels, left-hander Jamie Moyer (45 years, 342 days old). Moyer was making his first career World Series start — he is the oldest player in history to make his World Series debut and the second-oldest player (Jack Quinn in 1929 and 1930 at ages 46 and 47) ever to appear in a World Series. Garza surrendered home runs to Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley while allowing four runs in six innings; Moyer allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. The Phillies took a 2-1 lead in the series that night and, despite a little bit of rain, went on to win their second world championship.

The game turned out to be Moyer’s last postseason appearance, but on May 16, 2012, just six months and two days shy of his 50th birthday, he tossed 6 1/3 innings for the Rockies, allowing just one run, and became the oldest player in baseball history to record a win.

9. Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Jamie Moyer: 21 years, 2 months, 8 days (7,735 days)

On Oct. 6, 2007, the Rockies, up 2-0 in the NLDS, sent Jimenez (23 years, 257 days old) out to finish off the floundering Phillies, who countered with Moyer (44 years, 322 days old). Moyer made his major league debut for the Cubs against Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and the Phillies on June 16, 1986. Moyer pitched well enough to win; he allowed one run over six innings. The Phillies, though, managed just one run against Jimenez over 6 1/3 innings and failed to even get even a baserunner against the Rockies’ bullpen. Colorado won Game 3, 2-1, and completed the sweep.

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Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg Set To Break UFC Record For Biggest PPV

Ronda Rousey’s return to the cage was announced on October 12. The former women’s bantamweight champion will return to action for the first time since losing her belt in November 2015 when she faces current titleholder Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.

Longtime women’s 145-pound champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino has been calling out Rousey since 2012 when the two were champions in the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion. When Rousey’s return was announced, Cyborg criticized the immediate title shot for “Rowdy,” who hasn’t competed in a year. Justino also doesn’t think the UFC has put its promotional power behind her as much as they have Rousey.

Dana White UFC 193 Post 1UFC president Dana White disagrees.

“What makes somebody a star? What has been done with Ronda that hasn’t been done with Cyborg as far as being a star? Ronda is a world champion, had the belt, and everything else. We don’t have a belt, we don’t have that weight division for Cyborg,” White said during an appearance on “Speak For Yourself.”

According to White, the reason there isn’t a women’s 145-pound division in the UFC is because there aren’t enough high-level female fighters in that weight class.

“There aren’t enough good women at 145 pounds to create an entire division,” White told host Jason Whitlock.

White considers Rousey the biggest star the fight promotion has ever seen, but understands Cyborg’s sentiments. Wanting what the top tier fighters on the roster have is just part of the fight game. It’s what drives up-and-coming prospects to work hard.

“When you have an athlete like Ronda, and it’s not just Cris Cyborg, who is a woman who wants to fight Ronda Rousey, it’s the men too. Ronda Rousey makes a lot of money. She gets a lot of attention. She’s doing movies. She has all kinds of other sponsorship deals, and all these other things outside of the octagon too. Other people look at her and say, ‘hey, I should have that too. Why do I not have that too?’ And of course, that’s my fault,” White said. “Everybody wants it right here, right now. It doesn’t happen that way.”

Cyborg has been featured on UFC Fight Pass for her last few Invicta FC title defenses, and her last two fights have been in the UFC. She headlined UFC Fight Night Brasilia on Sept. 24. White understands her talent and marketability.

“The reality is this, Cris Cyborg is devastatingly good. She’s been destroying everybody right now. Her popularity is actually starting to go like this,” White said, while motioning upward. “She’s getting bigger.”

A superfight between Rousey and Cyborg is closer to happening than ever before, but the stars must align first.

“Ronda has to come in and fight on Dec. 30. Ronda has to win, and the girl that she’s fighting is no pushover. She’s nasty, she’s tough, and Ronda has a fight on her hands there,” said White.

“If she wins that fight, her and Cris Cyborg are eventually going to fight. Ronda wants that fight. It will be the biggest pay-per-view in UFC history.”

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