Tag:Frank Viola
Posted on: May 9, 2010 9:55 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2010 10:06 pm

3 to watch: The perfect or not edition

The Yankees have never had a perfect game thrown against them. The Rays have had it happen twice in 10 months.

The Royals have never had a perfect game thrown for them, or against them. The Angels, Dodgers, Expos and White Sox have been on both sides of perfect games.

Some of the best pitchers in the history of the game have thrown perfect games. And some guys who never were and never will be considered for the Hall of Fame.

It doesn't always make sense, just like the Royals' 1-6 record in Zack Greinke's first seven starts this year doesn't make sense.

And whether it makes sense or not, we're tying Dallas Braden's perfect game, the Yankees and Greinke into this week's edition of 3 to watch:

1. The day after they were the victims in Mark Buehrle's perfect game last July, the Rays faced Roy Halladay in Toronto -- and got a hit in the very first inning. Matt Garza was the Tampa Bay starter that day, and Garza went nine innings to get credit for the Rays' 4-2, 10-inning win. Guess who starts for the Rays Monday night? Yep, it's Garza, who will face Joel Pineiro in Rays at Angels, Monday night (10:05 EDT) at Angels Stadium .

2. The Yankees have had three perfect games, the most of any team. You wouldn't figure that they'd get another one this week, since the Tigers' have the second-best team batting average in the game (behind only the Yankees). But their series this week in Detroit, besides giving the Yanks their first look at Johnny Damon in a Tiger uniform, gives us all a great pitching matchup. It's CC Sabathia against Justin Verlander, in Yankees at Tigers, Thursday afternoon (1:05 EDT) at Comerica Park .

3. Greinke, somehow, is 0-4 despite a 2.51 ERA and five quality starts in seven starts. He's the first defending Cy Young Award winner to lose his first four decisions the next year since Bartolo Colon, who was 0-4 with a 5.77 ERA in six starts (wrapped around a trip to the disabled list) in 2006. The Royals bullpen has already cost Greinke two wins with blown saves, and the Royals hitters have hurt him by scoring just one run in his last two starts combined (1-0 and 4-1 losses). They'll try again, in Indians at Royals, Thursday afternoon (2:10 EDT) at Kauffman Stadium . The last defending Cy Young to start 0-5? Frank Viola, who began 0-5 (but then won his next start) for the 1989 Twins.

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