Kerry Wood and Why 20 K’s Are More Dominant Than Phil Humber’s Perfect Game

April 24, 2012 by  

Chicago White Sox pitcher Phil Humber came out of obscurity when he pitched a perfect game this past Saturday. Twenty-seven up and 27 down is a magnificent feat, but I'll show you why it doesn't compare to a 20-strikeout game. 

There have been 21 pitchers in baseball history to throw a perfect game, but just three pitchers who struck out 20 batters in a nine-inning game.

If we go to the modern era, the number goes down to 16, starting with Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series; so it's still five times easier to pitch a perfect game than strikeout 20 batters.

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