This year there were 736,000 attempts at the perfect game challenge and out of all those attempt over 101 different pitchers were used. Surprisingly enough there were over 650 verified perfect games so it doesn’t seem like the perfect game is really that difficult. Your odds were roughly 1 in 1,000 which isn’t as bad as you would expect. A perfect game happens about once every two years, each team plays 162 games x 30 teams = 1 in about 10,000.
The most popular pitchers used (in order) were Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, Tim Lincecum, Stephen Strasburg, Tommy Hanson, and Jeremy Guthrie. Most of the list makes sense since they are the top pitchers in the league but Tommy Hanson and Jeremy Guthrie? Hanson is a good pitcher but compared to the rest of the list he just doesn’t make the cut. Guthrie had an era of over 4 last year and he definitely wouldn’t give you the best chance for a perfect game. Interesting choices.
Finally the most popular teams to face were Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, Oakland A’s. Again very interesting choices especially the Rays and the Mets. The Mets aren’t a potent team but they do have a few guys that could cause some problems like David Wright and Jose Reyes. Facing the Rays for a chance at a perfect game is just crazy, they won the wildcard last year so obviously they are one of the better teams in the league.
Either way the perfect game challenge is always a fun content to partake in. Sure your chances aren’t 100% to get that perfect game first but it is interesting to see other people’s strategy when approaching the shot at a million bucks. We hope you enjoyed this info and hopefully it will help you win next year.