Matt Cain actually got a hit in his perfect game and scored a run, but I don't know those count in PP's logic twist world.
More to the point, while I don't think anyone will seriously argue that pitching in the NL isn't slightly easier than pitching in the AL due to the DH, there's many more (non-luck) factors in play than just the league that will influence whether a pitcher will throw a no-hitter/perfect game. Humber's provides a perfect example - yeah, he was in the AL and so he didn't get to face a pitcher, but he instead got to face a lineup that is currently 4nd to last in MLB in average (hitting 234) and 2nd to last in OBP (297), and had a lineup that included 3 players that are STILL hitting below 200 in 2012 (Figgins, Olivo, and Kawasaki).
There is an interesting question underlying this entire argument, which is to actually calculate what the most impressively pitched game is (i.e., normalize the game-score/etc by the players that are in the opposing lineup), but until someone actually goes and does that it doesn't make sense to set an AL/NL cutoff for impressiveness while ignoring the vast differences across offenses.
Also, to the surprise of probably no-one, the Mets appeal of Dickey's 1-hitter has been denied
I am a die-hard Giants fan and Matt Cain has long been my favorite pitcher, but I don't think anyone can seriously argue that this was the best-pitched game in history. It's impossible to quantify. I mean, in 1908 Addie Joss mowed through his perfect game with just 74 pitches, and he was locked in a pitcher's duel (only one unearned run given up on the day)! And it was in a pressure-packed pennant race! Can anyone tell me that wasn't more impressive than Matt Cain last week? No. It was 104 years ago, it's pretty certain that nobody who saw and remembered that day is still alive to tell us about it. What about Harvey Haddix? He was perfect through 12 innings! It's really never going to be fully settled. There's entirely too much baseball history that was only witnessed live by a few thousand people. No amount of words can really capture how the ball moved, how the hitters reacted, how dominant a performance it really was.
Finally, for as much as you people hate that pitchers hit in the NL, I hate the DH in the AL. It's ridiculous and asinine, I think, that the league allows someone to hit who doesn't actually play in the field, or that a fielder doesn't hit (and yes, the pitcher is a fielder). In my view, the DH cheapens the entire sport, from top to bottom. I detest it.
Edited by gaelgirl, 19 June 2012 - 06:03 AM.