According to the raw neutrality of the win probability chart, the Seattle Mariners actually had a chance to win the game last Saturday:
But it did not know — nor did the players know — what day it was. A.J. Pierzynski did not realize the significance of that first pitch, sailing wide to his glove side. Philip Humber may have even felt a twinge of frustration as that first toss missed so poorly. And Paul Konerkohad no way of knowing what he started when he took that first grounder and tossed it to Humber for out number one.
They were all witness to and participants of a rare and wild event. …
and that links to Dave Cameron’s Pitch F/X dissection of Philip Humber’s new slider:
… This time, the White Sox grabbed him, and teaming up with Don Cooper in Chicago has been the best thing that ever happened to his career.
… When Humber got to Chicago, he threw what he referred to as a cutter, even though Pitch F/x called it a slider. Cooper didn’t like the pitch, and instead suggested Humber move to a more traditional slider with harder breaking action. The differences are pretty striking.Here’s Humber’s game chart from his April 9th, 2011 start against Tampa Bay. …
C. Trent Rosecrans:
“Top Ten Thoughts That Went Through Philip Humber’s Mind During His Perfect Game.”
10. Don’t jinx it by thinking about it. Don’t jinx it by thinking about it — I’m thinking about it.
9. Thank goodness for my catcher, A.J. Pierzanky… Piernoftski… Pierzonski… Whatever.
8. Go sit in the truck!
7. Thank goodness I drafted myself for my fantasy team.
6. The only thing better than pitching a perfect game is making a perfect meatloaf every time with my new Perfect Meatloaf Pan.
5. Can Broadway’s “End of the Rainbow” really be like seeing Judy Garland in person?
4. Grab some pine, ducklips!
3. I see the Red Sox are up 9-0 on the Yanks — that’s an easy win.
2. I wish I could get me one of them dancing horses.
1. Humber? How about Humbest!
The video is also on whitesox.com.
And here’s a link to the video of the entire show [43:50].
Sox @ Seattle:
|Chi White Sox
Pitches-strikes: Humber 96-67.
Groundouts-flyouts: Humber 5-5.
Batters faced: Humber 27.
Pitch F/X for Phil Humber:
||Strikes / %
||Swinging Strikes / %
||Time to Plate
|FF (FourSeam Fastball)
||24 / 77.42%
||3 / 9.68%
||6 / 66.67%
||1 / 11.11%
||15 / 78.95%
||3 / 15.79%
||19 / 65.52%
||7 / 24.14%
|FT (TwoSeam Fastball)
||3 / 42.86%
||0 / 0.00%
|Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate. Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches. Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
|Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
||Pitches in Inning
||Strikes in Inning
||Strike% in Inning
||Cumulative Total Pitches
||Pitch LWTS in Inning
Humber’s breaking stuff was F-I-L-T-H-Y G-O-O-D today!
Congratulations to Philip Humber. Congratulations to Don Cooper too. His pitchers have 2 perfect games in the last 3 years!
Humber only started throwing a slider last year after Coop taught him:
UPDATE: Here’s a video of all 27 outs:
More video and other stuff here.
Humber’s needed 96 pitches today. That’s the 7th smaller amount of pitches for a perfect game.
UPDATE #2: More perfect game stuff:
UPDATE #3: Even more perfect game stuff:
Major League Baseball can review Wednesday night’s controversial call that cost Detroit’s Armando Galarraga a perfect game all it wants, but DO NOT overturn umpire Jim Joyce’s muffed call.
I’m all for using video reviews on home runs because the umpires often are unable to get a good look.
But you have to keep the human element in play elsewhere in baseball. It’s one of the main things that makes the game so great.
I don’t understand why blown calls make baseball great. I have seen the ‘human element’ argument before but I don’t understand it. I enjoy the competition. I don’t enjoy blown calls.
I can understand the ‘don’t overturn this because you will have to overturn a lot more in the past too’ (UPDATE: I can see some, however little, reasoning behind it). But ‘don’t take away blown calls, they make baseball great’?
Imagine you pitched 8.2 perfect innings and then due to a Joyce-type blown call you lose the perfect game. And then someone comes to you and says ‘ain’t blown calls fantastic?’. There better not be any bats around!
And something else. If the ‘human element’ is so great then why do you want to take it away using replay?
November 26 (Thanksgivining) at 7 pm CT on CSN. Press release.
The perfect game had just come to an end for Gavin Floyd, as well as his bid for a no-hitter, on Nick Green’s clean single to center in the sixth after the right-hander retired 17 consecutive Red Sox hitters. But the fun was just beginning for Floyd in this particular moment of Saturday’s 5-1 victory for the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. After setting down Jacoby Ellsbury on a ground ball to second baseman Chris Getz, exiting the sixth with his three-run lead intact, there was Mark Buehrle waiting for Floyd in the White Sox dugout.
“He’s joked around before like, ‘You need to learn how to finish them.’ And I started laughing,” said Floyd of his encounter with the man who hurled the Majors’ 18th perfect game on July 23. “He didn’t say anything. He just looked at me in the dugout, and I go, ‘Oh, Mr. Perfect knows how to finish them.’ “Just giving him a hard time. It was pretty funny. Just a little joke.”
|Chi White Sox
|Floyd, G (W, 11-9)
Floyd has the most innings among the Sox pitching stuff, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 160/56 K/BB ratio. Did anyone expect this when Kenny picked him up from Philly? Not me!
And when Kenny offered a 4-year/$15.5 million extension to Gavin Floyd, John Danks, and Carlos Quentin this spring, only Floyd did accept it!
07.30.09: Mark Buehrle sits down with Bob Costas on ‘Mark Buehrle Day’ to discuss his perfect game and more
“You guys want to talk to me?” said Buehrle, addressing a couple of Chicago media members as they approached his locker. “Sorry, I only talk to David Letterman now.”
Video (0:45): http://www.cbs.com/late_show/video/video.php?cid=518893744…
Video with no auto-play: http://www.cbs.com/late_show/video/video.php?cid=518893744…
Among the 10 items Buehrle presented include number 5: “Did I remember to TiVo ‘So You Think You Can Dance’?”; number 4: “I’m leaving after the 7th inning to beat the traffic”; and number 3: “Should I shave my back?” Buehrle’s entire Top Ten List can be seen on the LATE SHOW tonight (10:35 PM-11:37 PM, CT) on the CBS Television Network.