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Last Sunday Gerrit Cole pitched a shutout to the Twins accumulating 92 points on the scale that measures a pitcher’s dominance in a nine-inning game. The Yankees right-hander struck out ten batters, walked one and allowed two hits. He threw 109 pitches, 73 of which were strikes. When a pitcher gets between ninety and one hundred points in a common game, it is considered that he achieved a result above excellence.

It is the first time that a flamethrower has achieved mastery of this nature this year, which introduces new rules tending to favor the offense, and it was the fourth time that Cole has achieved superiority of this nature in his career, including that in 2018 playing with the Astros got a hundred points. It happened in May of that year when he struck out 16 Diamondback batters, allowing a hit and giving up a walk. This led to him entering an exclusive circle made up of ten flamethrowers at the time, he was the eleventh and then, the following year, Justin Verlander joined the group. Of them, Nolan Ryan and Max Scherzer reached that hundred in a game twice and he tied the mark with Kerry Wood with 104 points, plus he was the only one to do so

the same year, in 2015. Sandy Koufax in 1965, Randy Johnson in 2004 and Matt Cain in 2012 added achieving perfect work by reaching the indicated milestone.

Last year, eight games were completed in which the pitcher’s dominance was ninety or more points, but none reached 95. In 2021, five pitchers had that number, the most notable being left-hander John Means of the Orioles who left without a hit. the Mariners striking out twelve. He lost the perfect game by throwing a wild delivery that catcher Pedro Severino couldn’t handle on a third strike. He registered 99 points.

Five Dominicans have pitched games in which they scored 95 or more points in nine innings: Pedro Martínez reached it four times and Juan Marichal, Bartolo Colón, Ramón Martínez and Edison Vólquez recorded the feat once.

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