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Tale of the Tape: Who Pitched a Better No-Hitter? Kershaw vs. Lincecum

Two fantastic no-hitters were recently recorded by the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and the Giants’ Tim Lincecum.  While both were gems, which was truly the better pitched game? We looked at the facts along with some random extraneous factors to come to our decision. Let’s go to the tape…

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Clayton Kershaw

Tim Lincecum

Kershaw threw 107 pitches while walking none and striking out 15. Just The Facts Lincecum threw 113 pitches while walking one and striking out 6.
Kershaw faced the Colorado Rockies who are 3rd in the west and have a decent lineup. Better Opponent Lincecum faced the San Diego Padres who are 4th in the west and falling fast.
The Claw Better Nickname The Freak
Kershaw with the unkempt straight beard. Better Use of Facial Hair Lincecum's creepy mustache scares children in the first 10 rows.
Kershaw threw his first of what will be many. Current Number of No-Hitters This is Lincecum's second - both coming against the Padres.

The winner is

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Clayton Kershaw
3 out of 5

The results are in - Kershaw's no-hitter was considered one of the best games ever pitched- with him being one error (nice one Hanley) away from a perfect game. He also has a few other characteristics we think trump Lincecum (someone please send Tim a razor). Big kudos to both pitchers. At the end of the day, it will be interesting to see which of these two will end their career with more no-hitters.

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