So that no-no gets an asterisk on a blown call. Is it just me or is the no hitter becoming more common? Seems like it happens more often these days.
"You only have to bat a thousand in two things; flying and heart transplants. Everything else you can go 4-for-5."
Naw. No hitters seem to go in cycles.
Go back and look at all the no hitters from 1988 to 1992. Seemed like everyone was getting them back then.
The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. -- Terrance Mann (Field of Dreams)
That was the first no-hitter/perfect game in the National League since Halladay's vs. us in 2010.
"Losing feels worse than winning feels good." -Vin Scully
Another case for replay. I don't how that umpire could miss that. There was even an indentation in the line. If you had replay the Mets would still be looking fro their first no hitter. Also everyone else was saying the Padres do not have a no hitter to their credit. Maybe everyone else was wrong and they do have one.
Oh well congrats to Santana. It was still kinda spine tingling to watch.
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Johan Santana got bad news today. Tore something in his shoulder. Again. He threw 134 pitches in his no hitter. He pitched in 10 games after that before heading to the DL. His ERA was over 8.00 in those 10 games.
Fangarphs has up an article today on Santana and has this interesting note in it though:
Looking back, Santana was probably never long for this world. As Jeff Zimmerman has noted time and again, previous injuries are the best predictor of future injuries, and coming into 2012 Santana had plenty of previous injuries. But using Jeff’s Pitcher Inconsistency Tool (see explanation at the bottom of this article), we can see that Santana’s Zone % was off all year, but that his inconsistency especially spiked not in his no-hitter on June 1, but in his eight-inning shutout effort five starts later on June 30. Jeff estimates that in his last 10 fastballs on that day, his velocity had a 5 mph range, and that — assuming his foot was the same spot on the rubber — his release point varied by half a foot both horizontally and vertically. In his subsequent five starts, Santana would allow 33 runs in 19 innings. They will likely be the final 19 innings of his career. There’s a lesson here, and that it’s not wise to be slavish to pitch counts. Santana only tossed 107 pitches on June 30, well within the normally accepted range of pitches for a starter these days. But on that day it was clearly too many. Perhaps it was only a matter of time, but with better in-game management from Terry Collins and his staff, I might not be writing this article today.