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Is this the year of the No Hitter?

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//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.

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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.

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Cole Hamels a waste for Texas

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Saturday, Cole Hamels showed what he is capable of by throwing the first no-hitter at Wrigley since 1972. a game the Cubs won. The last time the Cubs have been the victims of a no-no was September 5, 1965, against the Dodgers. Sandy Koufax pitched that one.

While this is phenomenal, it led to more trade talk and rumors. The serious contenders for Hamels are the Rangers and the Dodgers, and more teams join the rumor mill, according to ESPN .

Hamels would be wasted in Texas. The Rangers are not likely to get into the playoffs this year. Also, some of the injured pitchers are back (Matt Harrison) or are coming back (Derek Holland). The Rangers also won’t have the money to do a big new contract for Hamels when his current contract is up. We have lots of young talent in the minors. There is no place for Hamels.

The Dodgers on the other hand are in a key position to make it to the playoffs, and they need some more starting pitching. The addition of Hamels would solidify the rotation for the Dodgers, who lost Brandon McCarthy this year. I think also that for next year, they would be interested in a contract with Hamels.