Poll: How Does Ervin Santana’s No Hitter Stack Up?

Congratulations to Ervin Santana for completing the 273rd no-hitter in major league history and the third no-hitter of the 2011 season!

While every no hitter is a great accomplishment and a rare feat, not all no-hitters are created equal. Tangotiger recently created four different game scores based on various criteria, for the different ways you might perceive a particular start.

  1. GS-Runs Allowed = – 7 * IP – 10 * R + 40
  2. GS-K & BB = – 3 * (SO-BB) + 40
  3. GS-FIP = -13 * HR -3 * BB + 2 * SO + 3 * IP + 33
  4. GS-Linear Weights = -8 * HR -5 * H -3 * BB + 9 * IP -2
  5. GS-Combo = 40 + 4.5 * IP + SO – H – 2 * BB – 2 * R – 5 * HR

Of the three no-hitters this season, here’s how they stack up:

Game Score Type      RA   K&BB   FIP  LWTS  Combo    BJ
Ervin Santana        93     67    77    76     87    94
Justin Verlander    103     49    65    76     83    90
Francisco Liriano   103     28    46    61     71    83

As you can see, the only area where Ervin Santana’s no-hitter doesn’t show up as the most dominant of the season is in the runs allowed category. Perhaps that is enough in your mind to discount it since it did come on a wild pitch.

Which no hitter do you believe to be the most dominant so far this season?



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David Appelman is the creator of FanGraphs.


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ok, who voted for liriano. fess up

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