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 Post subject: Kudos Dept.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:40 pm 

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Let's have a big TCE round of applause for Mark Buehrle.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:13 pm 

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Yeah, very few pushovers in that Texas lineup.

The Sox' TV broadcasters (the inimitably irritating Ken Harrelson and whoever his partner is) related that it was the first Sox no-hitter in 16 years but didn't say who was the author of that one before the broadcast got cut off by mlb.tv.

I had to look elsewhere to find out it was by Wilson Alvarez in 1991. My guess was Jack McDowell, but the closest he came was a one-hitter, also in 1991.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:16 am 

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There was something strange in the air for pitchers last night: Mark Buerhle's no-hitter, my beloved Felix Hernandez went down with "tightness in his elbow" in the first inning, and I was in attendance in Miami as the Mets' John Maine spun seven innings of no-hit ball. (I even got to see my homeboy, Aaron Sele, pitch a scoreless inning despite being on the absolute last legs of his career. I should have thought to get a press pass so I could file a dispatch for my paper.)

Here's what makes Buerhle's no-hitter expecially remarkable: Few pitchers this decade have given up more hits per innings than this increasingly pitch-to-contact lefty — and the numbers have gotten more pronounced with each season as he gets fewer strikeouts. Last year, for example, Buerhle pitched 204 innings and gave up 247 hits — or more than 10 hits per nine innings on average. For his career, he's given up 9.1 hits per nine innings.

So for a guy like that to avoid any hits at all for nine innings is beyond amazing — it's downright freakish, statistically speaking.

To me, it's somewhat akin to the no-no that Fernando Valenzuela tossed in 1990 — at a stage in his career when, like Buerhle, he was rapidly losing his ability to punch out batters and was increasingly giving up more hits per innings. (In 1990, he surrendered 223 hits in 204 innings.) Yet, somehow, like Buerhle, he defied his own unlovely reality for one magic night.

That's the beauty of baseball, right there. In any given game, you start with a clean slate and a chance to make history.

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And nearly a perfect game. He picked off the only guy he walked. Reminds me of the no-hitter pitched by Ernie Shore and Babe Ruth. Ruth walked the first batter and was ejected from the game. After Shore came in, the runner was thrown out stealing. Shore then retired the next 26 batters.

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