Buehrle Throws Perfect Game
Mark Buehrle did something no other pitcher has accomplished since Randy Johnson in 2004—throw a perfect game. He was remarkably efficient on the mound, only toeing the rubber for 32 minutes in a 123-minute game, throwing 66% of his pitches for strikes, inducing 11 groundouts, 7 fly balls (one of which was a miraculous catch made by Dewayne Wise), 3 line drives, and 6 punchouts.
Out of curiosity, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at how Buehrle’s perfect game compared to others from the past. So I decided to take a look at all perfect games thrown in the history of Baseball and rate them based on Bill James’ “Game Score,” which assigns points to a pitcher based on the quality of the start. It works as follows:
1. Start with 50 points.
2. Add 1 point for each out recorded (3 points for each complete inning pitched).
3. Add 2 points for each inning completed after the 4th.
4. Add 1 point for each strikeout.
5. Subtract 2 points for each hit allowed.
6. Subtract 4 points for each earned run allowed.
7. Subtract 2 points for each unearned run allowed.
8. Subtract 1 point for each walk.
So, without further ado, the Game Score of each perfect game thrown:
|John M. Ward||PROV||1880||92|
Obviously, what separates the pitchers is the number of strikeouts because all the other stats in their line are the exact same. The average game score was a 95, so Buehrle’s ranks slightly below average—but it’s still good to tie him with fellow former White Sox pitcher Charlie Robertson for 12th overall.