Sunday, September 28, 2014

2014 No-Hitter 5: Alan Porter (1; Jordan Zimmermann)

Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter with plate umpire Alan Porter presiding Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C. marked the fifth and final no-hitter of the 2014 MLB regular season. Porter was joined for the Marlins-Nationals game by crew chief Gary Cederstrom (1B), Mark Ripperger (2B) and Lance Barksdale (3B). This is Zimmermann's first career no-hitter, a 10-strikeout, one-walk performance.

Sunday was Porter's first plate no-hitter, the first MLB no-hitter since September 1 2014 (Jordan Baker 1; Hamels, Diekman, Giles, Papelbon) and the first single-pitcher no-hitter since June 25, 2014 (Adam Hamari 1; Tim Lincecum). Crewmate Gary Cederstrom has also called a no-hitter (June 1, 2012; Johan Santana).

Porter received 39 callable pitches, a total of 25 balls and 14 called strikes; the look:

Balls: 25 called balls outside of strike zone / 0 called balls within strike zone = 25/25 = 100% Accuracy.
Strikes: 13 called strikes inside strike zone / 1 called strike outside strike zone = 13/14 = 92.9% Accuracy.
Total Raw Accuracy Score = 38/39 = 97.4% Accuracy (+1 For Zimmermann).
In other words, Porter came within one pitch of calling a perfect game for Zimmermann's no-no.

Pitch f/x plot courtesy Brooks Baseball. NOTICE: This non-normalized plot is not the basis for analysis!


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