Saturday, July 11, 2009

A perfect game

Jonathan Sanchez is getting gypped. Officially, he threw a no-hitter Friday. But because he allowed no walks and hit no batters, only third baseman Juan Uribe's fielding error separated Sanchez from a perfect game -- a far rarer and more prestigious feat than a no-no. Why should Sanchez be punished because his teammate choked? Not only was Sanchez's performance tantamount to a perfect game, but it was actually a bit better than perfect, because he had to record an extra out to make up for Uribe's screw up. The stat community should from now on determine perfect games independently of errors.