Perfecto. Not a soul on base. That’s pretty good. Dallas Braden‘s 4-0 perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays was only the 19th in the history of Major League Baseball.
Braden — Who I thankfully had starting in a neglected lineup Sunday — improved to 4-2 with his nine innings of perfection. Zeroes across the board until the Ks, which read 6.
Sunday’s performance was his first career shutout and his first career complete game. What does it mean for fantasy teams? If anything, a perfect game can get Braden back on track after a pair of destructive starts — 9 runs, 19 baserunners in 11 innings — following the Alex Rodriguez-mound debacle.
As bad as he was for two starts, and as obvious as it sounds to recommend a player after a perfect game, his ownership rates are surprising
Braden’s 57% ownership in Yahoo leagues is too low. And that’s up just 7% following the perfect game.
Only 33% of us started him Sunday. Despite those speedbumps in his previous two starts, Braden has a 3.33 season ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and opponents are batting just .220 against him.
Notes: Chicago’s Mark Buerhle had MLB’s last perfect game on July 23 … Jim “Catfish” Hunter hurled the last As perfect game May 8, 1968, nearly 42 years to the day that Braden scored his milestone.