1: San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain threw the first perfect game in Giants’ history late Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
2: Two perfect games this season — Cain and Philip Humber — match the most in any year.
3: It’s the third no-hitter in a 13-day one by Cain, one by Johan Santana and one by the Seattle staff.
5: The five no-hitters this season is well on pace to set a new MLB mark for a season. Seven is the modern record since 1900 – 1990 and again in 1991. There were six in 2010, including two by Roy Halladay.
3: There seem to be three main factors for pitching starting to take over again: Better pitchers, bigger ballparks and less drugs. If you don’t think the crackdown on performance enhancing drugs is a factor, don’t take my word for it. Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy is quoted in a Thursday story as saying, “What they’ve done is they’ve completely leveled the playing field, however you want to look at it. From the pitcher’s perspective, in relation to where the hitters are at now.”
ERAs are going down and so are batting averages, home runs and RBIs. It’s a good time to be a fan of fast games, pitching and defense.