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Wednesday, June 13, 2012. 9 innings pitched. 1 hit. 0 earned runs. 12 strikeouts. The second best pitching performance of the night. R.A. Dickey and Matt Cain were part of one of the most impressive nights of pitching in baseball history last Wednesday as Cain threw a perfect game against the Astros while Dickey posted the nearly as impressive line above. Cain’s outing marked the fifth time this season that a pitcher has twirled a no-no. The only other time that many no-hitters have been thrown this early in the season was 1917.  In fact, there have only been 11 other seasons in MLB history where five no-hitters have been thrown in an entire season. Cain pitched the 22nd perfect game in MLB history Cain’s strength has always been in his ratios as he’s the owner of a 2.97 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over the last three seasons. This season, he’s improved his middling strikeout rate thanks to his improved ability to miss bats and generate swinging strikes. After averaging 7.41 strikeouts per ...

Wezen-Ball: Matt Cain, Peanuts & "How Did the Other Team Feel?" by Larry Granillo

Click the image to see the full comic. There's an old Peanuts comic strip that I think about often. It's an old Sunday strip and, in it, Linus comes running out of his house due to sheer excitement. As he breathlessly explains to Charlie Brown, he has just witnessed the most amazing, improbable comeback in football history. It wasn't the famous Stanford "Band...

Giants player hurt during celebration

Matt Cain's perfect game led to a night of celebration for the Giants, and one player even got hurt trying to enjoy things. Settle down there.

Why are we seeing so many perfect games?

Matt Cain’s perfect game Wednesday night means there have been five perfect games since 2009, which is also about a quarter of all perfect games ever. ESPN has referred to the “Era of Hurlers” and many have come to wonder how the era of offense has so quickly switched to the era of pitching, though it turns out we are in living in the era of both. Though this seems like a...

Fantasy Baseball Podcast (06/18/12)

Fred Katz (@Fred Katz) and Derek VanRiper (@DerekVanRiper) talk about Hawaiian timeliness, annoying construction, Matt Cain's brilliance, and more on Rotowire's weekly fantasy baseball podcast. To see all of Rotowire's podcasts, check out our podcast homepage on

Giants-Angels Preview

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said special moments like Matt Cain's perfect game "bring teams together even more." Having lost three of four since, the Giants may be hoping the right-hander has another gem in store Monday night. Cain will take the mound for the first time since making history last week, visiting a Los Angeles Angels team that's been...

How perfect is the perfect game?

“He deals the cards to find the answers. The sacred geometry of chance. The hidden law of the probable outcome. The numbers lead a dance.” — Sting Matt Cain hurled the 22nd perfect game in MLB history on Wednesday night. For many observers, the perfect game is the most difficult of all single game feats. Yet, like many of baseball’s most exclusive clubs, the...

Cain's feat one for record books

I'd like to open this Father's Day weekend piece with a salute to fathers everywhere and a note of appreciation to the dads, grandfathers, brothers and all of those who have stepped into that role in our lives. Take a moment to remember those bonding moments as children or young adults. I recall the juggling my father did to get to practices and games and the sacrifices...

Belt on power surge in shadows of perfect game

On Thursday in San Francisco, Matt Cain's perfect game remained the hot topic of conversation, but Giants first baseman Brandon Belt deserved a mention or two himself. Belt, who homered in Cain's 14-strikeout masterpiece the night before, has homered in three consecutive games overall -- though he started the day on Tuesday with zero homers to his credit this season. ...

Factor12 Leaders: Week 10

The Factor12 Rating (F12) is an analytic measurement utilizing league average performance to compare the value of all MLB pitchers. (1) Matt Cain’s perfect game vaulted him into the number one position this week. Cain’s gem on Wednesday night included 14 strikeouts against the Astros. For the season, the right-hander known as “Big Sugar” has a 2.18 ERA and 0.853 WHIP. (2...

Astros' Altuve sets tone day after perfect game

If there was any figurative hangover for the Houston Astros from being the victims of Matt Cain's perfect game on the night before, it was dispatched in the span of one batter. Jose Altuve was the Astros' first baserunner since Tuesday when he led off Thursday's game with a single that paved the way for a 6-3 win over the San Francisco Giants. While Altuve's base...

Father's Day

Just a reminder that there is still plenty of Wezen-Ball content going up at Baseball Prospectus every day. Just this week I wrote about the favorite activities of lesser known 1980s players thanks to Topps Big baseball cards and rooting for Matt Cain during his perfect game despite Charlie Brown's advice. There's also daily Tater Trot Tracker updates. For Father's Day...
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