— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsWell, congrats to Jake Arrieta for the no-hitter and for being the NL Player of the Week. That makes six no-hitters this season.
It makes me curious about how many no-hitters there have been in a single season. We go to baseball-reference.com and find that there have been 12 by the old rules. But by the modern rules of a no-hitter, (which is simple: no hits, but walks, hit batters and errors still will qualify a pitcher for a no-hitter), the record is eight. There were seven in the years 1990, 1991 and 2012. The E4 that happened during yesterday’s no-hitter still counts. The Cubs have a unique distinction this year of being on both ends of no-hitters.
This year, we have had six pitchers throw no-hitters this year:
Could there be another one? While there is only a month left in the regular season, there is plenty of time, and there are some pitchers who have been injured who could make a comeback. I am going to share my predictions:
Speaking of injured players, Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers made his case to management that he was ready, and boy howdy, was he right. He is looking amazing, and in his last outing, on Sunday, he struck out 11 in a nine-inning shutout. A no-hitter, that would be a great comeback story.
The Royals have a great pitching staff, and they could very easily do this. I couldn’t even choose who would do it. If I had to choose, it would be Cueto, but I think anyone of the Royals starters could pull it off.
The Mets have an easy schedule the rest of the season, and there could really be a great no-hitter opportunity.
What is a pitcher to do after a no-hitter? He does what we all do after a long, hard day: Get into pajamas and relax. Except Arrieta got his whole team to join in, and at Dodger Stadium and on the plane ride home, the Cubs had a pj party.
ICYMI: The Cubs celebrated Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter … with a pajama party at Dodger Stadium and on the flight home. pic.twitter.com/EeNQj7h2dM
— ESPN (@espn) August 31, 2015