Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
  • My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • Tennis

Game score says Matt Cain's performance one of all-time best

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Matt Cain

It doesn't get much better than a perfect game, does it? Well, when you're talking about degrees of greatness, it just may.

Game score is a stat created by Bill James to determine just how good of an outing a pitcher has had. The maximum score in a nine-inning game is 114 -- the all-time best for a nine-inning game is 105, set by Kerry Wood in his 20-strikeout, one-hitter over the Astros in 1998. Matt Cain's perfect game on Tuesday scored a 101, the second-best nine-inning mark ever, tied with Sandy Koufax's perfect game in 1965 and Nolan Ryan's 16-strikeout no-hitter in 1991.

Matt Cain's perfect game
The formula for game score is pretty simple: Start with 50 points, add one point for every out recorded, add two for each inning completed after the fourth, add one point for each strikeout. Subtract two points for each hit, four points for each earned run, two points for each unearned run and one point for each walk.

Because the formula is based on just counting statistics, it favors pitchers who throw more innings in a game. The highest-ever score of 153 was turned in by Joe Oeschger of the Boston Braves, when he pitched all 26 innings of a 1-1 tie against the Brooklyn Dodgers. His opponent, Leon Cadore, has the second-best mark, 140, after pitching all 26 innings as well.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter, subscribe to the RSS feed and "like" us on Facebook.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre

mlb Video

September 17, 2014
MLB Power rankings 9/17 (5:47)
1 September 16, 2014
Papelbon suspended
2 September 16, 2014
MLB Top 10 players of the second half
3 September 16, 2014
Gary Sheffield talks about his career


Most Popular Shop

Mens Baltimore Orioles Majestic Charcoal 2014 AL East Division Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

MLB Division Champs Gear
Get your team today
Shop Now