Derek Holland and the 15 Greatest No-Run Performances in World Series History

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Derek Holland and the 15 Greatest No-Run Performances in World Series History
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Rangers Pitcher Derek Holland waves to the home crowd as he exits his masterpiece in the ninth inning last night

After a performance like Derek Holland's Game 4 masterpiece for the Texas Rangers against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, one can't help but search for some perspective. Among the many things that make baseball and the World Series so special are the vast differences between who can shine brightest on a night-to-night basis. Consider that on Saturday night the stage and the entire sports world was dominated by Albert Pujols.

Pujols is one of baseball's biggest stars, and in a few months will also be one of baseball's highest paid players ever. His offensive showcase in game three on Saturday was amazing but also not completely unexpected from a player of his caliber. 

Contrast that with Game 4 just 24 hours later. That's when a 25-year-old pitcher picked in the 25th round of the draft back in 2006 came out and pitched a game that will stand in some very special company. It wasn't a complete-game shutout, but Holland took his scoreless game into the ninth inning, and he did it against the very same lineup that had lit up his teammates for 16 runs just one night before.

In what kind of company does that place Holland? Let's use Don Larsen's 1956 perfect game as a starting point and go from there.

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