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I’m sure Homer Bailey pitched an excellent game when he threw his no-hitter against San Francisco, but very often when there’s an accomplishment like that the pitcher is often helped by problems that may exist behind the scenes among players of the opposite team. No one knows for sure, but what we do know is that as of this writing the Giants are in last place in the National League West and the media has been referring to them as “the slumping San Francisco Giants.” If Cincinnati had been playing Pittsburgh, would Bailey have had a no-hitter? Or Atlanta? When Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano pitched his no-hitter against the Houston Astros back in 2008, it was “the first make-up game of the hurricane-affected series” between the Cubs and Astros. And it was pretty obvious what the problem was. The Astros had to leave their families behind in Houston and I believe the players’ concern for their families’ safety affected their ability to focus. Another good example of: What takes place away from the baseball diamond affects what takes place on the baseball diamond.

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Throwing a perfect game in Major League Baseball is a great accomplishment. But from my perspective, when White Sox pitcher Phil Humber threw his perfect game against the Seattle Mariners I believe he may have been helped by anger some Seattle team members may have had toward their manager, Eric Wedge, for showing preferential treatment when disciplining his players. Wedge insists on “accountability” yet doesn’t treat everyone equally. He publicly punished shortstop Brendon Ryan by benching him but refuses to bench catcher Miguel Olivo for his consistent bad performance on the field. No one knows Wedge’s reasons but I’m sure they don’t sit well with team members.
Very often pitchers are helped by issues and concerns that may exist with players on the opposing team. In 2008, when former Mets pitcher Carlos Zambrano threw his no-hitter against the Houston Astros I believe he was helped by the fact that, because of Hurricane Ike, the game was moved from Houston to Milwaukee’s Miller Park and the Houston Astros players’ families were left behind in Houston and the players’ concern for their families’ safety affected their ability to focus.

Cubs Astros BaseballCould Met pitcher Carlos Zambrano’s no-hitter have been helped by the fact that the Houston Astro’s families were still in Houston during the hurricane and the players’ concern for their families’ safety affected their ability to focus? The answer? Yes.


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