How dominant was Matt Cain’s perfect game? This dominant:
Matt Cain had a game score of 101… that is tied for the 2nd-highest in any 9-inning game in the live-ball era. The highest is 105 by Kerry Wood in his 20-strikeout game in 1998.
Game score is a metric that Bill James (he of sabermetrics fame) came up with to determine how dominant a pitcher was in any given outing. The basic idea:
The highest possible game score in a nine-inning game while allowing no baserunners is 114, possible only if a pitcher goes 9 innings while striking out every batter he faces and facing three batters per inning.
Again, no one in modern baseball has come closer to that number than Kerry Wood’s 20K game (and that wasn’t a no-hitter, it was a 1-hitter). Cain’s game last night tied him with Nolan Ryan’s 7th (and final) no-hitter in 1991 and a perfect game Sandy Koufax threw in 1965. Complete and utter dominance.