Game score says Matt Cain's performance one of all-time best
According to Bill James' Game score statistic, Matt Cain's Wednesday night perfect game tied for the second-best nine-inning performance in baseball history. His 101 score is second only to Kerry Wood's 105 in 1998. Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax have also thrown games with a score of 101.
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|
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.
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