Thursday, June 14, 2012
Matt Cain throws PERFECT GAME!
Matt Cain threw the first perfect game in the Giants' 130 year franchise history on Wednesday vs the Astros. Its just the 22nd perfect game in MLB history. (There have been 227 no-hitters, for your comparison.) Think about this: since 1876, widely considered MLB's first season, there have been 200,990 games played in history according to baseball-reference.com. Since both teams collectively pitches a full game, there have been 401,980 opportunities for a starting pitcher to throw a perfect game. So, if there were only 21 before Cain took the mound last night, that means there was about a 0.0052% chance that he would accomplish the feat. Astounding.
Cain's perfect game came in his 216th start, on 125 total pitches, 86 of which were strikes. His 14 K's tie for the most strikeouts thrown in a perfect game, which means that he just turned in arguably the most dominant pitching performance in history. Remember, a perfect game means he only faced 27 hitters. With a World Series ring already on his finger, 2 All-star appearances and now this perfect game, you can say Cain is already starting to deliver on his enormous $127 million, 6 year contract (if fully vested), the largest ever given to a right-hander.