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2022: The Year Of The Failed No-Hitter
We’re not even halfway through the 2022 MLB Season and we’ve already seen two no-hitters (well, according to Noah Syndergaard, we’ve only seen one). A conglomerate of five Mets pitchers recorded the first on April 29th, 2022, and Angels pitcher Reid Detmers recorded the first solo no-hitter of the season on May 10th. While tossing a no-no is impressive regardless of how many pitchers are involved, that’s not what this story is about. What I am here to discuss is all those pitchers who fell just short of immortality–which seems to be happening more often than ever before.
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On June 14th, Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas was one strike away from etching his name into the history books. Literally–he had the final out of the game down to a 2-2 count.
One strike away from glory.
But a fly ball over the head of Cardinals centerfielder Harrison Bader spoiled all the fun, and Mikolas’ no-hitter was no more.
Just two days later, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tyler Anderson had a no-hitter going into the ninth inning as well. He was even able to record the first out of the ninth, only to have it all broken up by a Shohei Ohtani triple.
It seems like every week we have a new no-hit bid broken up in the late innings. Or, in Cinnicainati Reds pitcher Hunter Greene’s case, your no-hitter only goes 8 innings, and your team loses the game. That’s right, Hunter Greene tossed 8 innings of no-hit baseball, but thanks to a slew of walks and errors in one bad inning, the Pirates managed to go up 1-0. The reds were unable to score for the remainder of the game, so Hunter Greene joins the short list of unofficial 8-inning no-hitter losses. What a list.
So far, there have already been 12 no-hit bids go into the eighth inning, and it hasn’t even been half of the season. In the entire 2021 season, 17 no-hit bids made it past the seventh.
I’m not sure if this is anything more than a fluke–remember, the most common fish you can catch in the ocean is a fluke. But in a time where the MLB seems to be changing the ball more than George Steinbrenner changed managers, it really makes you wonder what the MLB is up to.
About the author
Frank Weber is a sports & gaming writer with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and years of experience in the gambling world. He loves baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and the UFC - he even collects sports cards and memorabilia! In his free time, you could find Frank either out at a concert with friends, or at home sweating out all his (soon to be won) bets!