ALDS Game 3’s, and 1964 CYA winner Chance dies. Utley suspended.

Chase Utley of the Dodgers drew a two-game suspension for his slide that broke Mets’ SS Ruben Tejada’s leg. He is appealing the suspension.

Meanwhile, in the ALDS, Houston beat KC 4-2 to go up 2 games to 1 in their ALDS Series, and Toronto staved off elimination by defeating Texas 5-1. Texas still has a 2-1 edge there.

Both series resume today along with the NLDS starting up again after a day off.

Dean Chance, winner of the 1964 CYA (back when it was given out to only one pitcher and not two), died at the age of 74. Chance finished 3rd for the 1962 ROY, when he went 14-10, 2.96, ERA+ 130. Two years later, he won the award as the best pitcher in baseball, answering the question who besides Sandy Koufax won the award between 1963 and 1966? The CYA wasn’t split between leagues until 1967. Chance went 20-9, 1.65 in 1964, ERA+ 200. He finished 5th in MVP voting that year. He led the league in wins, CG, IP, and FIP, and the majors in ERA, shutouts (11), ERA+ and HR/9.

Traded to the Twins after the 1966 season, he was a 20-game winner in 1967 for them, losing the last game of the season to the Red Sox and Jim Lonborg. The Twins lost the pennant to Boston by one game. Chance, a 2x all-star,  1964 and 1967, was 20-14, 2.73, ERA+ 128 that year. He led the AL in GS, CG and IP that year and finished 13th in MVP voting.

Chance beat Mel Stottlemyre in a game in August of 1968, which was the first time I ever was at Yankee Stadium.

After averaging 16-13, 2.72, ERA + 125 from 1962-1968, Chance developed troubles in 1969. In 1970 he pitched for Cleveland and the Mets, and he finished his career with the 1971 Tigers. For his career, he was 128-115, 2.92, ERA+ 119. He was just 30 when he pitched his last game.

He got into just one postseason game, in 1969 with the Twins, and gave up 3 R in 2 IP.

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