How perfect can Buehrle get tonight?
Buehrle follows-up the history tonight at the Dome. He may not have ever been perfect against the Twins, but he can claim more victories (23) over our boys than against any other opponent in his 10-year career. That mark includes 10 wins in our town.
But what can we expect for this eve?
The Twins are pretty well versed with the art of the perfect game. Of the 18 thrown, two have been against us: Catfish Hunter's on 5/8/68 and David Wells' on 5/17/98. One-time Twin Kenny Rogers tossed one for Texas back in 1994, and, like Buehrle tonight, the Angels' Mike Witt followed-up his season-ending perfect game in 1984 by facing the Twins in his ensuing start, his first of the next season.
Based on available Game Logs via the dangerously-informative baseballrefernce.com, since
Don Larsen's World Series perfect game on 10/8/56 (the sixth of the 18), starting pitchers have had a generally mediocre follow-up in their ensuing start. Of course, only once in history (Johnny Vander Meer in 1938) have consecutive no hitters been thrown, so history readily suggests we're not looking for
anything holding that gravity tonight.
Pitchers' records in their game following the 12 perfect games since Larsen's are a collective 4-4, with 4 no decisions. Just one man, Len Barker in 1981, followed up his history-maker with a complete game and only five of the ensuing starts have been Quality (6 innings or more, three runs or less).
Sincere kudos to Buehrle for the astounding accomplishment.
But let's hope he sucks tonight . ...
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