Identify these 2010 stat lines:
Pitcher A: 128.2 IP, 4.06 ERA, 1.236 WHIP, 41 BB, 97 K
Pitcher B: 137 IP, 4.01 ERA, 1.182 WHIP, 28 BB, 120K
It's fairly close, but Pitcher B appears to be having the better season, right?
Pitcher A is Matt Garza (photo above), who threw a no-hitter Monday night. Not just a no-hitter — a 27-batter no-hitter. One man reached, on a walk, and he was erased on a double play. Yeah, the Tigers are missing some key players, but it was a marvelous game from a talented young arm.
Pitcher B is Zach Greinke, last year's Cy Young winner, who got embarrassed Monday night by the Twins (eight runs in four innings); Greinke's ERA rose 42 points in that outing, from 3.59 to 4.01.
Greinke has made three starts against the Twins this season. He's 0-3 with a 10.29 ERA in 14 innings against Minnesota. Against everybody else, he's 6-7, 3.29 — not Cy Young stats, but quality work for a bad team.