The Most Perfect Non-Perfect Game

Because Hanley Ramirez sucks at playing defense, baseball will not officially recognize Clayton Kershaw‘s effort tonight as a “perfect game”. But I would like to submit that if this doesn’t qualify as a perfect game, nothing should.

28 batters came to the plate; 15 of them struck out. Of the 13 who managed to put the ball in play, nine of them hit the ball on the ground. One of the four balls hit in the air didn’t leave the infield. His FIP for the game was -0.24, because the model isn’t designed to handle dominance at this level. His xFIP was 0.19.

Here is the full list of nine inning outings with a Game Score of 102 or better, since 1914.

Kerry Wood: 105 (9 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 20 K)
Clayton Kershaw: 102 (9 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 15 K)

That’s it. That’s the entire list.

Clayton Kershaw did not retire every single batter he faced tonight, so technically, he wasn’t perfect. Screw technicalities, though; what Clayton Kershaw just did was far more impressive than going 27-up, 27-down and relying on your defense in order to do it. Clayton Kershaw just threw one of the most dominant performances in the history of baseball.

It might not have been perfect. It was better.



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Pearberr
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Pearberr
1 year 11 months ago

I’m fairly new to this… but FIP is supposed to “Mimic” ERA while providing a better evaluation that is context-neutral, correct?

So how exactly does one have a negative FIP?

Bryz
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1 year 11 months ago

Tons of strikeouts with very few/no home runs and walks. Since the formula adds HR and BB while subtracting K, if you have the right mix you can override the constant added to the end, causing a negative FIP.

Like Dave said, FIP isn’t meant to handle pitchers that pitch this well.

Pearberr
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Pearberr
1 year 11 months ago

OH! I see, the presence of the constant makes this possible.

Makes me curious if anything like this has happened before, haha.

tz
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tz
1 year 11 months ago

On a single game scale, it happens all the time with dominant relievers. Craig Kimbrel has already had 102 games with a negative FIP in his young career.

Maybe we should have a new stat for any game with a negative FIP: a “Kimbrel”.

Mr. Jones
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1 year 11 months ago

Look at Eric Gagne’s splits from his prime. I think I remember reading that he had a negative FIP vs. RHH for an entire season, or something crazy like that.

tz
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tz
1 year 11 months ago

You’re right. Gagne in 2003 vs RH batters, over 151 PAs:

http://www.fangraphs.com/statsplits.aspx?playerid=650&position=P&season=2003

His 2003 season was the only time in MLB history that a reliever had 100 more strikeouts than hits allowed (137 vs. 37)

John C
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John C
1 year 11 months ago

Forget all of these relievers doing it in pitchers’ parks. Koji Uehara last year, between Aug. 21 and Sept. 13: 11 games, 12 innings pitched. 36 up and 36 down, with 17 K’s. Five of those games in Fenway and one in Yankee.

MattR
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MattR
1 year 11 months ago

It didn’t matter which park Gagne was pitching in since no one could hit him.

Neckbeard
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Neckbeard
1 year 11 months ago

And here I thought it’d be *weeks* before anything outdid Bartolo Colon’s double.

tz
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tz
1 year 11 months ago

Heck, it took weeks for Colon to get to second on that double.

Matthew
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1 year 11 months ago

I’m going the be the party pooper and argue Pedro’s 17K game was more impressive. He faced a far superior lineup in a more difficult ballpark in a more difficult era.

Bill
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Bill
1 year 11 months ago

Not sure park effects going to make a big impact on balls in play in these comparisons since hardly any balls left the infield.

Pearberr
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Pearberr
1 year 11 months ago

One line drive foul, one hard hit grounder to 3B.

Ball Park effect was non-existant tonight.

And I can’t think of a lineup any more difficult to nono than the Rockies who have the best Batting Average in baseball.

The Goat
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The Goat
1 year 11 months ago

Not to take away anything from Kershaw but:

Colorado BA:

Home: .330
Away: .242

MDL
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MDL
1 year 11 months ago

Not to take anything from Colorado but:

Kershaw’s ERA/FIP/xFIP this season:

2.52, 1.60, 1.54

Colorado may be better at home (whodathunkit?), but Kershaw is actually this good.

John C
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John C
1 year 11 months ago

It does matter, a lot. Dodger Stadium is a bad hitter’s park not just because it’s hard to hit one out, but also because the batter’s eye is awful there, and a huge foul territory. That’s why power pitchers are so incredibly dominant in that park. Kershaw is a great pitcher anywhere, but he has an ERA about a run higher in road games, both in 2014 and for his career.

It’s a lot easier to strike someone out in Dodger Stadium than it is in Fenway, it’s a lot easier to induce weak contact, it’s a lot easier to get a foulout, and it will hold long fly balls that turn into wall ball doubles in Fenway.

DBrim
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1 year 11 months ago

Per Guts, The Dodgers had a neutral park factor for strikeouts in 2013 (five year regressed team park factor, as Guts does).

The Red Sox in 2000 had a +1% strikeout park factor, so it was actually easier to strike out a league-average batter in 2000 Fenway than 2013 Dodger Stadium, and it is close enough to make pretty much no difference on the single game scale.

If you want to talk about strikeouts in relation to the league-average strikeout rate, then you probably have to defer to Koufax’ perfect game in 1965.

HB
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HB
1 year 11 months ago

Historically Dodger Stadium has had pretty roomy foul territory, but renovations starting in 2000 to add more seats has eaten into it considerably…

Bill
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Bill
1 year 11 months ago

And that pesky Chili Davis homer in that one too:

Line up that night

C Knoblauch
D Jeter
P ONeill
B Williams
T Martinez
C Davis
R Ledee
S Brosius
J Girardi (PH – D Strawberry)

Perhaps a better line up than the injury depleted Rockies, but “far superior” might be a little strong. I mean… Ricky Ledee.

Plus Chili parked one.

Cool Lester Smooth
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Cool Lester Smooth
1 year 11 months ago

Ricky Ledee had a .350 wOBA that year.

Remember, we’re just talking about raw runs here. There’s no adjustment for environment.

Cool Lester Smooth
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Cool Lester Smooth
1 year 11 months ago

That lineup averaged a .357 OBP and a .363 wOBA to Colorado’s team .337 OBP and .347 wOBA.

The 1990s were a crazy offensive era.

Max
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Max
1 year 11 months ago

Chili with closed eyes…

Brian Shearon
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Brian Shearon
1 year 11 months ago

You could argue, but you’d be wrong.

Bip
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Bip
1 year 11 months ago

Arguing that “the best pitching _ ever” is Pedro Martinez is a good way to avoid being wrong, and this is coming from a huge Dodger/Kershaw fan.

Doug Lampert
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1 year 11 months ago

I’ll go with Harvey Haddix going 12 innings of perfect ball prior to being spoiled by an error in the 13th. Granted, he gave up a homer later in the inning, but he went 12 perfect which is a record unlikely to ever be broken.

Wilt Chamberlain
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1 year 11 months ago

1999 Yankees were actually worse at home than on the road, although the (reverse) split isn’t quite as drastic as the Rockies’ this year.

1999 NYY: 110 OPS+ (.282/.366/.453)
2014 COL: 105 OPS+ (.281/.353/.456) so far

Wilt Chamberlain
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1 year 11 months ago

Sorry, I know I’ll be shunned for not using wOBA or some other linearly weighted metric. My bad, fellas.

JS7
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JS7
1 year 11 months ago

“I always say you can call your friends. But now, you can text your friends, or hashtag #Kershaw or something.”

-Vin Scully

Slats
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Slats
1 year 11 months ago

Now 20 no-hitters that Vin Scully has called. 20. Incredible!

river-z
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river-z
1 year 11 months ago

sadly, the game was not available in LA

Pearberr
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Pearberr
1 year 11 months ago

I went to Vegas for my girlfriends birthday. Put some money on the Dodgers, went to go watch my favorite team aaaaaaaaaaand.

Blacked out in Vegas too.

Thank god for MLB Network I’d have killed myself.

Justin
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Justin
1 year 11 months ago

Blacked out in Vegas? I know that feel bro.

Campbrice
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Campbrice
1 year 11 months ago

AAA is in Vegas, yes?

MattR
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MattR
1 year 11 months ago

AAA is in Albuquerque. The Las Vegas AAA team is the Mets affiliate.

Table
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Table
1 year 11 months ago

um, yeah it was

Hurtlocker
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Hurtlocker
1 year 11 months ago

I’m a Giants fan but still think Vin is the best. I learned a lot about baseball when I was a kid listening to Vin call games. A HOF voice describing a future HOF pitcher.

hbar
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hbar
1 year 11 months ago

I dunno, John Miller is pretty fantastic. And the Giants drive me to emesis.

Nostress
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Nostress
1 year 11 months ago

How many times do you see puig making a catch using both of his hands? :D
Flawless game for Kershaw, I’m really sad it’s only a no-no.
And so the two no-hitters of this season belong to the dodgers!

Bill
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Bill
1 year 11 months ago

Obviously game score is more of a fun-type stat than anything else, but is there an equivalent that adjusts for quality of opponent?

Not that it would make it much less impressive if he did this to the Padres, but the Rockies (even with injuries) put some good hitters up there tonight.

Bip
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Bip
1 year 11 months ago

There is so much luck and random variation associated with a single game performance it still would not be a very meaningful stat.

It is something that we don’t really like to acknowledge, but we actually have no idea if this was even one of the best 100 games ever pitched. It is certainly one of the top 10 in terms of outcome, but Kershaw could make the exact same pitches with the same stuff and command on a different day to this same lineup, and maybe that day the Rockies have some long at bats, a few hits fall through, and Troy Tulowitzki squares up a well-placed fastball and powers it over the fence with a man on. Kershaw leaves the game with a nice 7 IP, 2 ER 11 K performance, and no one thinks to talk about the all time greatest games.

That may have been a little more than you wanted, but the short answer is that even with that adjustment, the stat would not be very meaningful.

sopcod
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sopcod
1 year 11 months ago

The Houston Astros lineup Kerry Wood faced on May 6th, 1998 was no slouch. Craig Biggio, Derek Bell and Jeff Bagwell (the killer b’s) plus Moises Alou, all at or near their primes. And Wood was only 20 when he did it.

Kevin Towers
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Kevin Towers
1 year 11 months ago

That was one gritty performance.

Kirk Gibson
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Kirk Gibson
1 year 11 months ago

That was one bold comment.

Dayton Moore
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Dayton Moore
1 year 11 months ago

God I wish you two would stop showing up on every thread. Don’t you have a baseball team to run?

Rubén Amaro, Jr.
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Rubén Amaro, Jr.
1 year 11 months ago

I agree with you Dayton.

John Elway
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1 year 11 months ago

Laughing myself horse at this exchange!!

Joe Montana
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Joe Montana
1 year 11 months ago

Just NEIGHHHING in…hoping to get some upvotes.

Ctownboy
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Ctownboy
1 year 11 months ago

I thought you and your Manager had better things to do than make comments on a baseball blog. You know, like defining and then redefining the rules on who your pitchers are going to hit with pitches….

Ctownboy
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Ctownboy
1 year 11 months ago

Hanley Ramirez has the most errors in the Majors since 2006.

Hanley Ramirez was taken out/left the game early the night before because of an injured throwing hand.

Hanley Ramirez had a hit earlier in the game and was shown shaking his throwing hand while at first base.

WHY WAS HANLEY RAMIREZ NOT TAKEN OUT OF THE GAME FOR A DEFENSIVE REPLACMENT?

Bip
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Bip
1 year 11 months ago

Add “Dodgers had an 8 run lead” to the list.

atoms
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atoms
1 year 11 months ago

Add “Kershaw had a freaking perfect game going” to the list as well.

za
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za
1 year 11 months ago

Turner would have had it.

MLB Rainmaker
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MLB Rainmaker
1 year 11 months ago

Add this to the list of reasons Don Mattingly isn’t getting it done as Manager.

Paul
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Paul
1 year 11 months ago

Hell of a play by Miguel Rojas. It seems like there is always some spectacular play in every no-hitter.

Bip
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Bip
1 year 11 months ago

Actually, funnily enough, Josh Beckett’s no hitter didn’t really have one of those plays. Obviously there’s no way to argue that Beckett’s game was better pitched, but for whatever reason, the balls in play he allowed were basically all very makable.

TMWISH
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TMWISH
1 year 11 months ago

Cause the Dodgers literally have “two” backup infielders right now and one of them is Jamie Romak

Nymike
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Nymike
1 year 11 months ago

Was lazily scrolling channels stumbled on MLB network, Harold Reynolds predicted no hitter in the 5th inning, Byrns called a perfect game, watched the last 4 innings incredible. Anybody remembers when Hanley Ramirez fielded a grounder for the last out of Anibal Sanchez’s no hitter and took all day to throw the ball that the runners was almost safe?

Brock Paperscissors
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Brock Paperscissors
1 year 11 months ago

Greg Amsinger actually predicted perfect game in the 3rd inning. Gotta give him props on that.

Phantom Stranger
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Phantom Stranger
1 year 11 months ago

It’s kind of a running joke on MLB Network, Amsinger calls every possible no-hitter by the fourth inning.

Robo
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Robo
1 year 11 months ago

For what it’s worth, Greg Amsinger predicted a perfect game in the third. Then again Aminger would probably tease a no-hitter if Ricky Nolasco put the first nine down in order… That’s just good TV.

Robo
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Robo
1 year 11 months ago

This is what I get for getting distracted while typing. Posting the same comment 10 minutes after the fact and looking dumb.

THANKS A LOT BROCK!!!

Swfcdan
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Swfcdan
1 year 11 months ago

Incredible.

Swfcdan
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Swfcdan
1 year 11 months ago

Wasn’t that the ‘Jim Joyce call’ that was called safe yet was actually out? Oh no wait that was Andres Galaraga, wow what a fluke that was. And shows ow many friggin no hitters theres been the past 5 years. All Tigers starters seem to get them.

Oh wait Anibal got it playing for the Dodgers yeah, another brain burp.

Kickpuncher
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Kickpuncher
1 year 11 months ago

He got it pitching for the Marlins. Runaway train of brain burps.

za
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za
1 year 11 months ago

Armando; Andrés was The Big Cat.

james wilson
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james wilson
1 year 11 months ago

The fact is, Kershaw beat 28 hitters out of 28, not 27 of 27. Perfection is fundamentally a witless concept. It’s a bit like striking out four hitters in an inning. Great pitching, maybe not so much the catching.

Aaron Murray
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1 year 11 months ago

Reminds me of Gallaraga. Twenty-eight up, twenty-eight dominated. Oughta be a new category.

pitnick
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pitnick
1 year 11 months ago

Jonathan Sanchez’s no-hitter too. Only reason it wasn’t perfect was because Juan Uribe booted a ball in the eighth.

PackBob
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PackBob
1 year 11 months ago

There should be a difference between a pitcher’s perfect game and a team’s perfect game. Kershaw pitched a perfect game but the team did not play a perfect game.

The Game Score metric is a great way to rate pitcher performance, but in a perfect game, 15 strikeouts may or may not be a better performance than 12 strikeouts. A strikeout means that there is no chance for a hit and so it’s under the pitcher’s control, but getting a strikeout has some input by the umpire and catcher, which is not at the pitcher’s control. A perfect game or no hitter can include a “gift” by the umpire or from a catcher’s framing.

This is not a comment on Kershaw’s gem, rather it’s that Game Score is not a perfect metric for dominance. There needs to be additional information for how dominant a performance was, such as only 3 of Kershaw’s batted balls left the infield.

OYFE
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OYFE
1 year 11 months ago

For the effect of umpire/catcher framing. According to PFx numbers, he had 5 called balls that were actually strikes in five different ABs, and three of them were with a 2-strike count. Four of those ABs ended up as strikeouts anyways, and the one that didn’t: a 2-2 curveball. He had two pitches out of the zone called for strikes, an 0-1 slider and an 0-0 fastball. Those have an effect on an AB, but not as direct an impact as missing what should be a called strike 3. He had to throw two strike 3’s four times, and “should” have ended up with 16 Ks.

Daniel Kearney
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Daniel Kearney
1 year 11 months ago

Context and trivia (from Baseball Reference)

Seven weeks before Sanchez threw his no-hitter, the rookie one-hit the Nationals for seven innings in his fourth MLB start. The Marlins acquired Sanchez and Ramirez from the Red Sox for — speaking of no-hitters — Josh Beckett, a future Dodgers teammate of Ramirez’s. Two years ago next month, Sanchez rejoined the Marlins first baseman in the no-hitter, Miguel Cabrera, with the Tigers.

But back to the game. No fielding chances for Ramirez until the fifth, but he made plays on six of the final 11 outs. He tripled leading off the bottom of the first but didn’t score. After walking in the third and with Cabrera at the plate, Ramirez failed on a steal attempt of second for the third out. (No matter; Cabrera homered in the fourth for the last run in a 2-0 Marlins win.) Ramirez later struck out swinging and flied to the Diamondbacks center fielder, who soon grounded to Ramirez for the game’s final out. The outfielder was, of course, Eric Byrnes.

Postscript: Miguel Olivo — who played this season for the Dodgers with Beckett and Ramirez (he even caught a Beckett start against the Marlins in Miami) and who, yes, lost his job after he bit a minor-league teammate valued by the Dodgers at $28 million — caught the no-hitter. He reached base on a hit by pitch — the last pitch by Diamondbacks starter Edgar Gonzalez – but Ramirez stranded him at third when he flied to Byrnes.

Armando Gallaraga
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Armando Gallaraga
1 year 11 months ago

Actually, I am the owner of the most perfect non-perfect game

Armando Galarraga
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Armando Galarraga
1 year 11 months ago

This man is an impostor.

Andres Galarraga
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Andres Galarraga
1 year 11 months ago

Someone stepping on your turf, eh?

Armando Benitez
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Armando Benitez
1 year 11 months ago

I suck.

Yamil Benetiz
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Yamil Benetiz
1 year 11 months ago

You were better than me!

United Colors of Benetton
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United Colors of Benetton
1 year 11 months ago

Hey remember me? Am I still a thing?

Armando Benitez OFFICIAL
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Armando Benitez OFFICIAL
1 year 11 months ago

I guess you don’t know what I’m capable of, internet tough guy.

http://www.fangraphs.com/not/classic-f__king-brawls-armando-benitez-vs-everybody/

Antonio Alfonseca
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Antonio Alfonseca
1 year 11 months ago

I got to hand it to you guys.

I think
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I think
1 year 11 months ago

the correct joke would involve fingers, but ehhh…let’s not.

Yu Darvish
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Yu Darvish
1 year 11 months ago

I am the owner of the best almost perfect game and almost no hitter but not quite because Alex Rios is an idiot and doesn’t know how to call for a pop up.

Anon
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Anon
1 year 11 months ago

Bill James wrote an article once on how unique 15K and 0BB is. In recent years it has become less so as guys like James Shields and Erik Bedard have done it int he last decade but it is still pretty unique as Shields was the last in 2012 and then you have to go back to 2007 when Bedard and Johan Santana did it. Before that it’s guys like Clemens and Johnson and Martinez and Mussina and Gooden, etc.

However Kershaw is the 1st pitcher to go 15+K and 0BB in a no-no.

John C
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John C
1 year 11 months ago

He wrote about it more than once. The first time was when Clemens did it in 1984, as a rookie, against an awful Royals lineup (no McRae, no Brett). He said that even though it was one game, and the lineup he faced sucked, that only a good pitcher can pitch a game like that.

The only example I can think of where a pitcher who wasn’t very good was that dominant was a three-game stretch by Bob Sebra in 1987, when he pitched three straight CG’s with a 30-1 K/W ratio and an 0.67 ERA. But even then, the best he did in one game was 14 K’s and a walk; the others were 10-0 and 6-0. He went back to being Bob Sebra after that, with a 5.33 ERA the rest of the season.

Dave42
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1 year 11 months ago

I read once that you shouldn’t “infinite” when you mean “really big” because then you wouldn’t have any words to describe “infinite” when you saw it.

“Perfect” is perfect, you cannot improve on it. Technically speaking, a “perfect game” should be 27 outs on 81 pitches, no? Or would it be 27 outs on 27 pitches? The problem is that we have too low a view of perfection.

Bip
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Bip
1 year 11 months ago

They have a term for an inning where the pitcher strikes out all three batters on exactly nine pitches: it’s an “immaculate inning.” So a start where the pitcher strikes out all 27 batters on 81 pitches would have pitched an “immaculate game” I suppose.

Vidor
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Vidor
1 year 11 months ago

The cognitive dissonance here is coming from viewing a “perfect game” as an individual achievement, when it obviously is not. Have to say I find it surprising that a sabermetrically inclined website would make this error. This was not “better” than a perfect game because a perfect game is a team achievement, and the Dodgers, as a team…really, Hanley Ramirez, as a person…failed to record 27 outs in a row. But a Game Score and a perfect game are simply two different animals, like how FIP is different from a pitcher win. Every team that has recorded a perfect game throughout history was better than the Dodgers last night. The pitchers in those games were arguably not as impressive as Clayton Kershaw.

Jason B
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Jason B
1 year 11 months ago

Well, if we’re going to quibble:

“Every team that has recorded a perfect game throughout history was better than the Dodgers last night.”

Not necessarily; a 1-0 perfect game win is probably less impressive than an 8-0 no-hitter win. I would think 7 more runs and much better offense >> one error leading to 0 runs.

Swfcdan
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Swfcdan
1 year 11 months ago

S-t-u-d.

STUD.

Puig's Translator
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Puig's Translator
1 year 11 months ago

He says “Kershaw pitch really good. I use two hands to catch fly ball. We score many runs, Hanley is shit head. Long live Cuba.”

Anon
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Anon
1 year 11 months ago

Gamescore has the flaw of valuing Ks equally in different eras. 15 Ks in 2014 is less impressive than 10 Ks in some other parts of baseball history.

John
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John
1 year 11 months ago

Kerry Wood’s hit allowed could possibly have been scored an error. It wasn’t a very hard chance at third. He did hit a batter, though, so I’d say that’s less perfect, though perhaps hitting a batter probably adds to the “dominance” part of it.

Kirk Gibson
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Kirk Gibson
1 year 11 months ago

Damn right it does!

Darren
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Darren
1 year 11 months ago

Brendan Morrow came close in 2010 with a game score of 100 in a 1-hitter against the Rays. It’s a higher game score than Roy Halladay’s perfect game from the same year (score was 98 in that one).

John C
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John C
1 year 11 months ago

Some guy named Ryan had a game score of 101 in a game in 1990, where he pitched 10 innings with no walks, allowing three hits. He also had two other games that year where he scored 99, one of them a no-hitter. He had another 101 in 1991, in a 16K, two BB no-hitter.

I was more impressed with Halladay’s one-walk no-no in the ALCS that season than I was with his perfect game against the Marlins.

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buddyglass
1 year 11 months ago

Watching Anibal Sanchez throw six innings of one-run ball with no strikeouts today brought this question to mind:

Historically, what is the best pitching performance in which a starting pitcher registered zero strikeouts for the game?

Has there ever been a no-hitter with no strikeouts? Complete-game shutout?

Herpyderp
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Herpyderp
1 year 11 months ago

Since 1914, a pitcher has thrown a complete game shutout with 0 Ks 371 times.

Most recent was Derek Lowe in 2012.

Al Milnar in 1942 went 14 shutout innings with 0 Ks. Game Score of 104, mostly due to innings pitched.

Ken Holtzman in 1969 and Sad Sam Jones in 1923 both threw no hitters with 0 Ks. Holtzman walked 3 and Jones walked 1.

buddyglass
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buddyglass
1 year 11 months ago

Awesome. Thanks!

james wilson
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james wilson
1 year 11 months ago

I’d rather watch a no hitter develop than a “perfect” game. It cuts down on the obsessive ritual that inhabits baseball. The “cycle is the dumbest obsession in all of sports, but the perfect in perfect game comes close. Wood’s one-hitter is the best game ever thrown and all the perfectos can take a back seat to it, and to Harvey Haddox for that matter.

Anyway, good for Kershaw. I wondered if he might be done after opening day.

Ruki Motomiya
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Ruki Motomiya
1 year 11 months ago

I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for the perfect game, and Harvey Haddox went 12 innings perfect even if it ended up busted, I’ll take that over Kerry Wood’s one-hitter any day.

JimmyD
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JimmyD
1 year 11 months ago

A perfect game is really a team effort, so why does everyone say “the pitcher threw a perfect game”? (As in the pitcher gets credit for it?) Kershaw was as perfect as a pitcher can get last night!

Ruki Motomiya
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Ruki Motomiya
1 year 11 months ago

Probably because “the team threw a perfect game last night” sounds really awkward, since only the pitcher is pitching, and “the team had a perfect game last night” would imply offensive perfection too.

Nick
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Nick
1 year 11 months ago

Why does you subtract more for a hit than a walk when calculating game score?

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