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…

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

The Winner Is

Clayton Kershaw (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Winner 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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