For better, for worse: Consistency a prized commodity in fantasy
In baseball terms, a no-hitter is a game in which, by definition, one team does not successfully reach base by means of a hit. It all sounds simple enough. Simple, perhaps, but still rare. In baseball history (since 1875), 268 no-hitters have been thrown.
Perfection is a state of unadulterated success that few in life will ever enjoy. The achievement resides somewhere between the world of the real and one only inhabited by deities. Only the true immortals ever enjoy true perfection -- or so goes the commonly held belief. Yet in 2010 alone, fans have been privy to five (should have been six) no-hitters, including multiple perfect games. It's been a special year in that regard. However, not all no-hitters, or perfect games for that matter, are created equal.
Fantasy owners cannot allow themselves to be blinded by infrequent success, even if it comes wrapped in a "perfect" package. Sustained success, not perfection, is the gold standard of fantasy production. While perfection may be extraordinary, and no-hitters rare, examining the available data of the pitchers that have thrown no-hitters in 2010 can reveal trends that mark future (fantasy) success.