Thursday, June 14, 2012

Perfect Citizen Cain!

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Once upon a time, a PERFECT GAME was one of the rarest of baseball feats. It used to be something that defied logic because, as we all know, perfection is (almost) mathematically impossible. But them days are over!

Congrats to San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain, who pitched the 22nd perfect game in major-league history. Cain's "27 up, 27 down" came last night in a 10-0 win over the Houston Astros. What's mind-boggling about Cain's perfecto is that it's already the 2nd one this year and 5th in the past 4 seasons. And as we now infamously know, it should have been the 6th in the past four seasons. Mark Buehrle pitched one in 2009, Roy Halladay and Dallas Braden each pitched one in 2010 and earlier this year Philip Humber pitched the 21st-ever perfecto.

On June 2, 2010, Detroit Tigers' starter Armando Galarraga was ONE OUT AWAY from a perfect game when umpire Jim Joyce made perhaps what is the most moronic BLOWN CALL in major-league history, denying Galarraga of a perfect game. Joyce incorrectly called Indians hitter Jason Donald safe at first, giving him an infield hit and ruining Galarraga's chance at history.  It was a call that even the three blind mice would have made correctly and after the game Joyce knew it. But nonetheless, it is what it is, and as of late, we've had 5 perfectos.

Cain's perfect game is the first in Giants franchise history, which dates all the way back to 1883. Amazingly, it's already the 5th NO-HITTER this year. On June 1st, Johan Santana threw the Mets first-ever no-hitter. The Seattle Mariners threw the weirdest of no-hitters, on June 8, a 6-pitchers combination. Jered Weaver tossed one on May 2nd and Humber tossed the other 2012 perfect game on April 21st. There have been 18 no-hitters tossed since 2008. Yes, 18!

Hmmm, I wonder why hitters have been so vulnerable as of late?

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