You know what Game Score is, right? It's Bill James' formula for grading a pitcher's performance in any start. Fifty is average, and 100 is almost as good as it gets.
The best game scores so far this season are Philip Humber's perfect game (9K's, 0BBs) and Matt Cain's 1-hit shutout on April 13 (11K's, 0BBs). They both scored a 96. The greatest game score of all time was Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout game (1H, 0BBs) on May 6, 1998. It scored a 105.
So what's the best performance by a losing pitcher in the last 20 years? Answer after the jump...
Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO HR BFP Kevin Appier L 9 1 1 1 1 11 1 28
That's a game score of 91. The winning pitcher that day:
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR BFP Kenny Rogers W 8.2 9 0 0 0 4 0 32
That' a 70.
And Texas had a much better offense, to boot. Still, we know what the experts would say: Appier pitched well enough to lose.