|At the time of this photo, Homer Bailey may have been just getting warmed up. (AP)|
The most amazing thing about Homer Bailey's no-hitter for the Reds over the Pirates than, you know, not giving up a hit? It might be the extent to which he got stronger as the game went on. Check out this velocity chart of his historic night, from BrooksBaseball.net:
That's what you call a steady upward trend. As you can glean, Bailey over the course of the night added about three mph to his fastball. It's almost as if he noticed he was on course for history around pitch 52 or so.
For comparison's sake, here's Bailey's velo chart from his next-best start of the season, an eight-inning, nine-K, one-walk, one-run gem against the Astros on Sept. 1:
You'll note much less variance and a middle-inning peak as opposed to what happened on Friday night.
So, did Bailey get progressively more amped up, or was it just one of those nights? Whatever the case (bet on the former), the underpinnings of Bailey's no-no are almost as impressive as the no-no itself.
(HT: Our own Jack Moore)