The No-No

      As Matt Garza prepared for his scheduled start against the Tigers, the thought of a no-hitter may have crept into the back of his mind. And why shouldn’t it? As of July 26th, with more than a third of the season left to play, there have been three no hitters, two perfect games, and one 28-out shutout. Only 2 no-hitters were recorded over the last two seasons combined. The question that needs to be answered is: why now? The answer may be luck; a good pitcher may perform well because he’s facing a poor offensive team with injuries. Many times people will say, “Ohhhhh he was facing the Washington Nationals. That doesn’t count.” The fact is, no-hitters this year have been against top-flight teams: the Tampa Bay Rays, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, and Atlanta Braves are all competing for division and wild card playoff spots. It may also be the fact the technology has become such an important tool for success when it comes to hitter tendencies. While hitters can look for small details in the deliveries of certain pitchers, pitchers can judge the swing styles of different hitters and figure out whether certain pitches can fool batters. The reason Peyton Manning is a great quarterback is not because he has the best mechanics or the best footwork, but because he spends the most time in the film room studying opponent strategies. If a pitcher knows what a hitter will most likely look for on a 0-2 count he can throw a different type of pitcher. Personally, I believe that while technology has gotten better, knowing which pitcher will throw a no-hitter is as lucky as hitting 21 when your at the blackjack table. Besides Roy Halladay, the no-hitters have not come from superstars. If you had told me that a guy named Dallas Braden would receive more fame and praise than A-Rod this season, I would have told you not to run over my mound again.


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