Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Wombats looked very good pitching a perfect game Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays (See Aaron’s post). His pitches were sharp, his command pinpoint. But the perfecto is somewhat discounted, coming as it did against one of the lamest lineups in memory.
Such success as the Rays, currently 63-54, have enjoyed is entirely due to lights-out pitching and good D. Lack of run production has been a long-running problem. So much so that the Rays have been the victims of three perfectos over the past four seasons.
In fact, the Rays’ offense has been so lame, and perfectos against them so common, my sources in Commissioner Selig’s office tell me MLB is considering fining pitchers for celebrating after they throw one against the Rays.