I hate that I’m writing this blog. Because frankly, there is nothing more in sports that I love more than a good old fashion, no hitter. I mean, whats better than a dude going out on the hill and making the best hitters in the world look like a couple of little leaguers. But lets call it how it is for a second. Major League baseball has major offensive problems and these no hitters aren’t necessarily a result of brilliant pitching performances, but rather lackluster offensive displays.
Today date is May 20th. We are roughly 43 games into the season and have already seen six no hitters (Seven if you count Mad Bums no no during a shortened double header against the Braves.) And of these six no-no’s, two have occurred just this past week; one on Tuesday in the likes of Tigers righty, Spencer Turnbull, and the other on Wednesday by Yankees hurler, Corey Kluber. So just how historic is all of this? According to Sarah Langs of MLB Network, this feat (6) marks the most no-hitters before June in a season in MLB history.
So where am I getting at here. Why…how could I EVER title this blog are no hitters becoming boring? Well it’s pretty simple. The more something happens, the less interesting it becomes. When you play a video game and are trying to get to the final level, or win a championship, it is fun because there is a challenge or a goal that is trying to be met. But eventually, you, as the player, are going to become bored of that video game as it will seemingly become as no challenge to you. And while I am in no way comparing professional baseball to video game, I hope you you can see the point I am trying to make.
Whatever the reason may be, it has become very clear that hitters are becoming significantly overmatched by pitching on nightly bases. It seems like every night I go on my MLB app, and see the no hitter alert icon, pop up on at least one game. For example, a couple of weeks ago Wade Miley threw a no hitter against the Cleveland Indians, the second time in which the Indians had been no hit this seasons. After the no hitter was completed, jumped to the A’s game, where Sean Manaea had taken a no hitter into the 7th inning. The next night, two more starters took a no hitter into the 6th. You don’t see the problem here?
At the end of the day, I am always going to tune in to the last inning of a no hitter. And I will always expect the dugout to explode onto the field when the final out is made. But eventually, I think it is fair to ask ourselves when…if ever….will no hitters become just another thing, rather than a extraordinary accomplishment worthy of expressive praise.