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Jered Weaver's No-Hitter

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Jered Weaver threw 121 pitches in his no-hit performance against the Minnesota Twins last night, striking out nine and walking one.

Weaver's heat maps show that he kept the ball away from Twins' lefties all night. He threw a mix of fastballs, curveballs, changeups, and sliders.

Of the 121 pitches that Weaver threw, only 49 actually located within the strike zone. This isn't surprising as Weaver's zone% is fairly low (45.8% since the start of 2011, bottom 12% of the league). What is interesting is the number of strikes that home plate umpire Mark Carlson denied Weaver.  Weaver threw 21 pitches within the strike zone that were not swung at by Twins hitters; only 12 of those pitches were correctly called strikes.  Take a look at the correct call heat map:

Click image to enlargeThe blue section to lefties down in the zone represents most of the missed strike calls. Carlson simply wasn't giving Weaver the strike at the knees last night.

However, you will also notice the large incorrect section outside to lefties. Weaver was actually getting a fairly wide strike zone. Of the 47 pitches Weaver threw out of the strike zone that were not swung at, 12 were called strikes.  Two of those strike calls were strike three calls, both to lefties.  However, neither of the two were outside pitches.  The first came in the 7th to Alexi Casilla - the small blue dot on top of the strike zone.  The second was the strike out of Denard Span in the 9th - that inside blue dot.

All in all, Weaver lost nine strikes in the strike zone and gained twelve strikes outside of the strike zone. Given the results, he's probably not complaining.

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