Thursday, June 3, 2010
1st Pitch: More perfect performances
By Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info
Quick Hits: We’ve essentially had three perfect games thrown this season, but Braden, Halladay and Gallaraga aren’t the only players who have been perfect. Here are a few others:
Today’s Trivia: 15 years ago today Pedro Martinez pitched 9 perfect innings but the game went into the 10th tied at 0. Who was the Padres leadoff hitter who broke up Martinez’s perfect game in the 10th?
- Luke Gregerson leads the majors with 17 perfect relief appearances of at least one inning. His teammate Mike Adams is second with 15.
- Neftali Feliz and David Aardsma are tied for the lead with eight perfect saves of at least one inning. Jonathan Broxton is the NL leader with six.
- Eight players have had perfect games at the plate with at least three at-bats. The list includes Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera and Kendry Morales.
- San Diego’s Chris Denorfia is a perfect 4-4 with the bases loaded this season. Those four at-bats have resulted in seven of his nine RBI on the year.
Today’s Leaderboard: Last week on TMI we introduced a stat called “rally-killing rate” which essentially calculates the percentage of time a player strikes out or grounds into a double play with runners in scoring position (with GIDP weighted more heavily that strikeouts). Here’s an updated leaderboard of this season’s biggest rally killers.
Key Matchups: Erick Aybar is batting .455 (5-11) in his career against Zack Greinke, with three doubles. He was one of the few batters to consistently fair well against Greinke in 2009, going 3-4 with two doubles and a walk in two games against him.
Trivia Answer: Bip Roberts doubled down the right field line to break up the perfect game. Martinez was then pulled and Mel Rojas came in to pick up the save. The Expos won 1-0, after Jeff Treadway drove in the game-winning run in the top of the 10th.