Thursday, June 14, 2012

Matt Cain's perfect game

Matt Cain: A very good pitcher
had a very great game.
While I was sleeping (yes, despite all the middle-of-the-night time stamps on my posts, it does happen), Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants threw a perfect game.

It was one of the more dominant outings in baseball history, what with 14 strikeouts.

That makes five perfect games since July 2009 -- less than 36 months -- and that's not counting the Amando Galarraga "imperfect" game marred by the Jim Joyce umpiring error.

What I'm puzzling over -- and this will probably be my topic for the Monday print column -- is why do we suddenly have so many perfectos? Has something basic switched in the game, or is this just random happenstance?

1 comment:

  1. And we were oh so close to an even rarer event. Two no hitters on the same day (April 22, 1898 and June 29, 1990). RA Dickey gave up one infield hit in his game yesterday.