The Year of the No-Hitter Continues

Tonight the Brewers’ Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader combined for the official 9th no-hitter of the season. It was actually the 11th, but MLB ridiculously doesn’t recognize ones from scheduled 7 inning games. Either way, that’s the all time most no-hitters in a single season. There were 8 in 1884, which was the first season that overhand pitching was allowed and before the pitching mound was moved from 50 feet to the current 60.5 feet from home plate.

BTW, this is also now the third year in a row with MLB averaging 8.9 K’s/9 innings per team. No-hitters are no longer rare, and the average pitcher is striking batters out like they were all Sandy Koufax or Nolan Ryan. Forgive me for thinking more needs to be done than just cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances on balls.

One thought on “The Year of the No-Hitter Continues

  1. Are no-hitters really no longer rare? In 1951 there were 4 no-hitters. There were 16 NL/AL teams and they played 154 games, a total of 2,464 starting pitching possibilities, minus rainouts, etc. Now it’s 30 teams, 162 games, so year there will be about 4,860 chances. And most of the 9 were before the sticky stuff enforcement. In 2016, 2017, 2018, there were five total no-hitters. There seems to be an ebb and flow, as in 1990-91 there were 14 total, but in the next 4 years, just 8. Still pretty rare, in my view.
    And given how many no-hit bids vanish between the 21st and 27th outs, I’d call it ridiculous to count 7 inning no-hitters as official.

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