Found July 06, 2013 on The Fantasy Fix:
Homer Bailey’s no-hitter on Tuesday marked the fourth time in the history of the National League that a pitcher has thrown 2 straight no-hitters – not two consecutive starts, but the last two no-hitters that the National League has seen. He joins Warren Spahn, Sandy Koufax and Johnny Vander Meer (who actually did throw no-hitters in back to back starts in 1938). Surprisingly, the no-hitter brings 27-year-old Bailey down to just a 3.57 ERA. Bailey’s peripherals are much improved this season after making wholesale changes to his approach. Bailey has added quite a bit more groundballs (48.6 percent this season, 44.9 percent in 2012 and 39.5 percent in 2011) and has also reduced his home runs. Both should be approached with a bit of skepticism though, as Bailey has actually decreased the number of pitches he’s thrown in the bottom half of the zone (54.06 percent in 2012 and 49.21 percent this year). What can’t be challenged however, is Bailey’s incredible improvement with his first pitc...
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