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Comparing 2012's No-Hitters

Homer Bailey tossed the seventh no-hitter of the 2012 season last night, blanking the Pittsburgh Pirates while striking out 10 batters. Bailey mostly stuck with his fastball, throwing it nearly 70% of the time, and he mixed his pitch location by giving Pittsburgh about the same number of pitches at the letters (37% of his pitches were thrown high) as at the knees (34% thrown low).

Here's a look at the pitch frequency heat maps, pitch mix and pitch location for all of 2012's no-hitters. These guys dominated with drastically diverging styles. Bailey emphasized his heater, but Felix Hernandez and Phil Humber relied more on breaking and off-speed stuff. While Jered Weaver challenged hitters high in the zone, Felix, Johan Santana, six Mariners pitchers who threw a combined no-no, and Matt Cain kept the ball low. Humber hammered the strike zone. Johan rarely put anything over the plate. All had different approaches, and all had historic days.

 Homer Bailey - 9/28 at Pittsburgh

Pitch Mix

Fastball Slider Curveball Changeup
69% 17% 9% 5%

Pitch Location

Up Middle Down In Zone
37% 30% 34% 44%


Felix Hernandez - 8/15 vs. Tampa Bay


Pitch Mix

Fastball Sinker Cutter Slider Curveball Changeup
25% 6% 12% 16% 21% 20%

Pitch Location

Up Middle Down In Zone
21% 28% 50% 47%


 Matt Cain - 6/13 vs. Houston

Pitch Mix

Fastball Slider Curveball Changeup
53% 18% 13% 16%

Pitch Location

Up Middle Down In Zone
26% 31% 42% 46%


Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, Tom Wilhelmsen - 6/8 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Pitch Mix

Fastball Sinker Slider Cutter Curveball Changeup Splitter
61% 3% 8% 11% 9% 3% 5%

Pitch Location

Up Middle Down In Zone
26% 36% 39% 51%


Johan Santana - 6/1 vs. St. Louis

Pitch Mix

Fastball Slider Changeup
57% 15% 28%

Pitch location

Up Middle Down In Zone
16% 27% 58% 36%


Jered Weaver - 5/2 vs. Minnesota

Pitch Mix

Fastball Slider Cutter Curveball Changeup
56% 13% 7% 12% 12%

Pitch Location

Up Middle Down In Zone
40% 31% 29% 41%


Phil Humber - 4/21 at Seattle

Pitch Mix

Fastball Slider Curveball Changeup
40% 20% 30% 9%

Pitch Location

Up Middle Down In Zone
42% 26% 32% 56%


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