Originally posted on Padres Public  |  Last updated 9/17/13
Last night, Andrew Cashner pitched a complete game, 9-inning shutout while facing the minimum 27 batters. Cashner is the first pitcher in Padres history to complete the feat, which immediately put Padres fans and media on notice. Was this the greatest start in Padres history? That’s a question surely to get a lot of subjective response, but there is a statistical measure that can also help guide us. We’re going to take a look at the numbers, throw in some subjective analysis, and take a get a glimpse into the greatest starts in Padres history. Cashner dressing the deer last night (artists rendering) Game Score was created by Bill James to determine the strength of a pitcher’s performance in a given appearance. Here’s the formula to calculate a Game Score: 1) Start with 50 points, 2) + 1 point for each out recorded, 3) + 2 points for each inning completed after the 4th inning, 4) + 1 point for each strikeout, 5) – 2 points for each hit allowed, 6) – 4 points for each earned run allo...
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