Matt Garza Teams Up With Ed Hickox to Throw No Hitter

In Major League Baseball, the official strikezone consists of pitches that are above the batter's knees, below the batter's shoulders, and over the plate. This zone is generally more constricted in reality, as umpires rarely call the "high strike", or a pitch between the shoulders and the chest. Some umpires have even more constricted strikezones, while others have their own very interesting quirks.

Ed Hickox has a very interesting strikezone. This zone tends to change throughout the game depending on the situation and allows pitches that are well off the outside corner to be called strikes. And as demonstrated tonight, his zone also widens when a pitcher is throwing a no-hitter.

In all fairness, Hickox did not demonstrate any major bias. He had a big zone to start the game and while it expanded throughout the game, it did not favor one pitcher over the other. And Matt Garza did pitch a hell of a game. I'm just not about to give the same level of credit to Garza as I would to the other pitchers who threw no-hitters this year: Ubaldo Jimenez, Dallas Braden, Roy Halladay, Armando Galarraga (oh wait...), and Edwin Jackson.

On a cheerier note, Matt Joyce led his team to a 5-0 victory with a grand slam. Nice to see that he's doing alright since being traded...

Yeah, the rest of this season could be pretty long.

For those who don't pay attention to baseball, Matt Garza threw a no-hitter for Tampa Bay against the Tigers tonight, leading Tampa to a 5-0 victory and Joyce, a former Tiger, hit a grand slam.

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