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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 1, 2015

(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Happy Bobby Bonilla Day! And there is turmoil in Angels land, and I can understand both sides of the argument

Not a lot of halos to go around on Episode 980 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Howie Kendrick, Jordan Zimmermann, Mike Montgomery, Mitch Moreland, Chris Davis, Jon Niese and Randal Grichuk all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Max Scherzer, June 20, 2015 )

Rob Carr/Getty Images

Rob Carr/Getty Images

Max Scherzer gets his first no hitter!

He nearly got a no hitter in his last start and nearly threw a perfect game (ah those hit by pitches.) I think he will take it. Man, Jordan Zimmermann didn’t last long on this list. After no Washington no hitter since Bobby Burke’s gem for the Senators in 1931 and no franchise no hitter since Dennis Martinez’s perfecto in 1991, Zimmermann ended the regular season of 2014 with a no no.

Now Scherzer takes Zimmermann’s place. And by the way he has been pitching, he will be back.

It is time to update my list!

The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team (Updated for Brock Holt – June 16, 2015)

 (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The First Cycle Hit for 2015!

With all the great hitters in baseball, naturally it is BROCK HOLT of the Red Sox who gets a single, double, triple and homer. Granted, I am not thrilled that he wears Wade Boggs’ number 26, but this is a day to celebrate.

Good bye John Valentin, no longer on this list.

I have compiled a list of the most current no hitter for each franchise, but here is the companion list for the cycle. Is it harder to hit for the cycle? Probably. But Holt did it!

Here is the list, updated for today’s action!

The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for June 9, 2015 )

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The first No Hitter of 2015!

Lots of Giants greats have thrown no hitters, from Christy Matthewson to Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. Now add Chris Heston to the list. Just think. In 2013, the Giants designated him for assignment and anyone could have picked him up.

I bet the Giants are glad nobody did.

With a 5-0 masterpiece, Chris Heston has his own piece of history and removes his teammate Lincecum from this list.

I am sure Tim is fine with it.

It is time to update my list!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 30, 2015

.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Last night was strange in the big leagues.

The Mariners keep giving the ball to a closer who is having a terrible season and he was awful last night. Derrek Norris had a rotten night at the plate. And yet both were celebrating at the end!

Meanwhile in Little League, a nice friendly game turned petty because of one coach and competitive because of my nature!

It is a good sportsman Episode 947 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Josh Hamilton, Buster Posey, Taijuan Walker, Chad Bettis, Adam Lind, Cole Hamels, Hanley Ramirez and Trevor Bauer all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 26, 2015

Matt Slocumb - AP

Matt Slocumb – AP

The AL East is wide open and Rangers fans need to welcome Josh Hamilton back with open arms.

That and more on Episode 915 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Matt Harvey, Angel Pagan, Wei-Yin Chen, Jimmy Paredes, Justin Upton, Michael Brantley, Rubby De La Rosa and Daniel Norris all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team

 

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Why doesn’t hitting for the Cycle get the same love as throwing a no hitter?

Seriously, hitting for the cycle is just about as uncommon as a no hitter. Only 305 cycles have been hit, as opposed to 287 no hitters.

Getting the perfect combination of a single, double, triple and homer requires skill, consistency and an obscene amount of luck.

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and Willie Mays never did it once.

Michael Cuddyer, Chris Speier and Brad Wilkerson did it twice.

There has never been a cycle hit in the post season, as opposed to a pair of October no-no’s (Don Larsen and Roy Halladay.)

The Marlins have never had a player hit for the cycle. Neither have the Padres, who also have never had a no hitter.

So while I carefully update the list of the most current no hitter for each franchise, I have neglected to do the same for players who hit for the cycle… until now.

The pic is of the last cycle, hit by Michael Cuddyer, who has done so in both leagues (along with Bob Watson and John Olerud.)

Some of the teams have waited a while for an update. Eric Davis’ cycle in 1989 remains the last time it happened for Cincinnati. The Expos (2003) have had one more recently than the Red Sox (1996.)

Here is the list, to be updated when the next cycle is hit!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 13, 2015

Photo by Kevin Sullivan (No Relation) Orange County Register

Photo by Kevin Sullivan (No Relation) Orange County Register

 

The relationship between the Angels and Josh Hamilton is tearing apart at the seams. Team owner Arte Moreno claims it has nothing to do with money.

OK Mr. Moreno. Prove it. Cut Hamilton. Eat the money.

I challenge the owner of the Angels on Episode 902 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Miguel Cabrera, Nathan Karns, Zack Greinke, Andrew McCutchen, Cody Ashe and Adam Jones all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 5, 2015

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It is time for the Sunday Request!

Just in time for the opening of the season, I make my official picks. And remember, my pick for the AL East comes with a gigantic asterisk.

It is the LET’S GET THE SEASON STARTED! episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 4, 2015

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Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels reaction to the Josh Hamilton decision was deplorable. They don’t deserve Mike Trout.

Ervin Santana’s reaction to his positive test made me roll my eyes.

That and positive news from Montreal in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 26, 2015

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sportss

Josh Hamilton’s fight with drug addiction was supposed to have its happy ending. But addiction is more complicated than that. And so is baseball’s relationship with things that get you hooked.

That and more on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 3, 2015

Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

It is early February. Why isn’t James Shields signed yet?

Plus will there be trouble in Anaheim by the end of the decade? And by trouble I mean a move!

It an episode filled with questions and very few answers on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 30, 2015

Allen J. Schaben - LA Times

Allen J. Schaben – LA Times

What the Hell are the Angels going to do with Josh Hamilton? And why is his wife appearing on a reality show?

That and an I told you so moment on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Read my 2012 Bleacher Report post by clicking HERE.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 24, 2014

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I had to do some last minute shopping for Christmas.

While wandering from store to store in San Jose, I wondered which teams should be doing last minute shopping for themselves regarding James Shields and Max Scherzer.

Images of 200 innings pitchers will be dancing in your head for this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

(Images – Getty Images)

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 21, 2014

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Getty Images

Every team that made the playoffs has heart

Every team that made the playoffs has desire.

Every team that made the playoffs has a sense of camaraderie.

At this point at the eve of the World Series, making predictions is futile. It is all coming down to chance.

It is a recorded in the parking lot of Trader Joe’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 3, 2014

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I recorded today’s podcast from the center field bleachers of PetCo Park in San Diego California, home of the Padres.

That’s right, I was in the ONLY Southern California baseball stadium not hosting a playoff game today.

I discussed the underrated misery of San Diego fans, the predictability of the Tigers’ bullpen failure, the insanity of the Royals playoff games and my love for a Quadruple Header in baseball today.

 It is a Staying Classy in San Diego episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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4 MLB Post Season Games Slated For Friday, All 3 Hours Apart – Call In Sick!

The 1st game of tomorrow's play will be held at beautiful Camden Yards..

The 1st game of tomorrow’s play will be held at beautiful Camden Yards..

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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I am also an NFL fan, and while I love baseball more than life itself, these type of days are rare indeed, where the sport will carry four separate times, in order for all 4 games to be seen.

Now, good luck on all games to be under 3 hours, but it is possible with some of the ace pitchers throwing.

Here is the lineup..

All times EST

Detroit @ Baltimore 12:07 PM (Camden Yards) Justin Verlander vs TBD

San Fran @ Washington 3:07 PM (Nationals Park) Jake Peavy vs Stephen Strasburg

St. Louis @ LA Dodgers 6:37 PM (Dodger Stadium) Adam Wainwright vs Clayton Kershaw

Kansas City @ LA Angles 9:37 (Angel Stadium) Yordano Ventura.  vs Matt Shoemaker

Now I for one, am thinking that the LA traffic will be gridlock with over 100, 000 people clogging up the freeways in Los Angeles on a October Friday night. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series (All 10 Playoff Teams)

The Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise still has never appeared in the World Series.  That didn't stop the oddsmakers from giving them the #1 favorite status heading into the playoffs today.  They are the deepest team on both offense and defense, and only lack postseason experience.  The Stephen Strasburg decision of a few years  back, will never be put to rest until this club wins a title.  Despite them being favored, I am not sure the ranking is justified, as the Dodgers reside in the same league.

The Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise still has never appeared in the World Series. That didn’t stop the oddsmakers from giving them the #1 favorite status heading into the playoffs today. They are the deepest team on both offense and defense, and only lack postseason experience. The Stephen Strasburg ‘decision’ of a few years back, will never be put to rest until this club wins a title. Despite them being favored, I am not sure the ranking is justified, as the Dodgers reside in the same league.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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It is time to place your bets on the World Series. The Washington Nationals are your favorites to win the whole thing at +450.  The Tigers, Angels and Dodgers are both next at all tied for +500.

To round out the teams in sequence…5 –  Baltimore is at +700, 6 –  St. Louis at +900, 7 – Oakland at +1100, 8 – San Fran at +1400, and the Royals and the Bucs are the biggest odds on the board at +1600 for 9th.

At first glance I see the pattern.  The Nationals are the most deep team across the board, with having all 4 starters as potential aces in Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister.

Each one of the players in the positional lineup, were over right near of plus.400 for Slugging Percentage, and this doesn’t even include Ryan Zimmerman – who will be an awesome bat off the bench at least to start. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Reports Playoff Predictions 2014

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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The playoffs are upon us, and since we had such a great year predicting a lot of stuff, both Chuck Booth and I are putting our postseason prognostications up.

In other blogs we will take a look at the series and everything, but this is just pure bets.

American League

American League Wild Card Game

Oakland -104 @ Kansas City -106 (Jon Lester @ James Shields)

Chuck – Oakland, Hunter, Oakland

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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated For September 28, 2014 )

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The first Washington No Hitter since 1931!

No Washington Nationals pitcher has ever thrown a no hitter. The last one thrown representing Washington? Bobby Burke, who no hit the Red Sox in August of 1931.

That’s all over now!

Jordan Zimmermann threw the first Washington Nationals no hitter (and the first in Franchise History since Dennis Martinez‘s perfect game as a member of the Montreal Expos.)

9 complete, 1 walk and 10 strikeouts of the Marlins, who for the second straight year end the season on a no hitter. Last year Henderson Alvarez won 1-0 over Detroit. This year the Marlins LOST 1-0.

Odd symmetry.

Safe to say, Jordan Zimmermann looks solid for this post season.

It is time to update my list!

NL Wild Cards Virtually Sewn Up With Giants/Bucs: Huge Night Monday/Week Ahead For AL Chase

The Pirates started the year almost 10 games under .500 in early May.  Since that timeframe, they have operated 22 games over .500.  The Pirates are within a magic number of 3 to collect their second straight playoff appearance.  Heading into play tonight, they also own the #1 wildcard slot over the Giants, because even though they are tied, the Bucs have the tiebreaker - with best season series.

The Pirates started the year almost 10 games under .500 in early May. Since that timeframe, they have operated 22 games over .500. The Pirates are within a magic number of 3 to collect their second straight playoff appearance. Heading into play tonight, they also own the #1 wildcard slot over the Giants, because even though they are tied, the Bucs have the tiebreaker – with best head to head season series record.

Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead  Analyst) 

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The Pirates have done a fantastic job brushing off their competition in head to head battle the last few weeks.  As such, they have moved their playoff magic number to 3 versus the Brewers.

This squad has done more than that though…With a the Giants being swept down in San Diego this weekend, they have taken over the #1 wild cards slot over San Francisco – by way of tiebreaker (they won the season series vs SF).

Vance Worley, Edinson Volquez and Josh Harrison have surprised us all this year, and have picked up the slack for the club’s reluctance to add high – priced talent through trades or Free Agency.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 19, 2014

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In a vacuum, the Derek Jeter – Gatorade commercial was great. It is just getting to be a little bit of overkill!

Plus, Mike Scioscia can put any lineup on the field he wants. His team clinched. He owes no team a playoff spot but his own.

 It is a doing it MYYYYYY WAAAAAAAAY episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Felix Hernandez, Logan Morrison, Gerrit Cole, Wilin Rosario, Scott Feldman, Jose Bautista, Ender Inciarte and Kyle Lohse all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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AL Wild Card Race Heats Up: KC/DET Meetup, For All Others, Just Win This Weekend To Gain Ground

Kansas City might be tied for the #1 wildcard position and just 1/2 game out of the AL Central. however with that 4 - 2 in the 10th inning game resumption against Cleveland pending on Monday, the club must win the series versus the Tigers at home. After the weekend, they finish their last 8 games on the road. If they don't win the series this weekend, chances are the A's/and or Mariners may pass them in the standings after Monday Night. The Royals have the hardest schedule left out of the 4 clubs.

Kansas City might be tied for the #1 wildcard position and just 1/2 game out of the AL Central. however with that 4 – 2 in the 10th inning game resumption against Cleveland pending on Monday, the club must win the series versus the Tigers at home in my opinion, in order to make the playoffs. After the weekend, they finish their last 8 games on the road. If they don’t win the series this weekend, chances are the A’s/and or Mariners may pass them in the standings after Monday Night. The Royals have the hardest schedule left out of the 4 clubs.

Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead  Analyst) 

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The Seattle Mariners won yesterday, and the Athletics lost, to pull all top 4 Wild Card contenders to within 2 games of each other heading into the weekend.

Detroit leads the Central with a 84 – 68 record, and KC is a half game behind at 83 – 68, but really are 90% at 83 – 69. with a 4 – 2 10 inning deficit in that suspended game resumption on Monday Sept 22, 2014 to the Indians.

So while the Royals and Tigers battle for the Division at Kauffman Stadium starting Friday. , the ultimate loser of the AL Central, will need to make the postseason via the Wild Card.  Needless to say. these 3 games will be pivotal in deciding that.

Since both of those clubs have to have a loser in each of those 3 games, this is great news for the struggling A’s (83 – 69), and especially for the Mariners (82 – 70), to make up some ground if they have good series from Friday to Sunday.

On the surface, Oakland and Seattle should hope the Tigers win the series versus KC this weekend, as that would put the Royals potentially at best 84 – 71 after that game against the Indians is over on Monday.  If the Tigers sweep them, the Royals could be staring at 83 – 72 rather quickly.  

Oakland would need just one victory to pass KC, and Seattle would need 1 to tie the Royals and 2 to pass them.

The A’s entertain the lowly Philadelphia Phillies this weekend at O.Co, whereas the best road team in the AL (Mariners, 44 – 30) are in Houston to battle the Astros at Minute Maid Park..

If both clubs can win their series (if not sweep the worse squads they are playing) than they will put themselves in great positions for the playoff in going forward.

I have to think the worst scenario for those two teams – is to see the Royals take just 2 games against Detroit, as that would put the Tigers still at 85 – 70, KC at 85 – 69, with the suspended game still to make – probably seeing the, at 85 – 70 as well.  Oakland would need a sweep to have a lead, and win 2 out of 3 to tie the Royals/Tigers. The M’s would require a sweep over the Astros – to land them at 85 – 70. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 9, 2014

Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP

Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP

 

There is a real possibility that the Angels and Cardinals could meet in the World Series.

If that happens, my advice to Texas Rangers fans is DO NOT WATCH!

It is a missed opportunity episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Tyler Flowers, Marcus Stroman, Carl Crawford, Jeff Locke, Lonnie Chisenhall, Sonny Gray, Nolan Arenado and David Holmberg all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated For September 1, 2014 )

JOHN BAZEMORE/AP

JOHN BAZEMORE/AP

Hey Phillies Fans! You finally have something to cheer about!

I bet when Jonathan Papelbon didn’t get dealt this trade deadline, he didn’t think he would be closing out a no hitter.

Cole Hamels gets his name in the no hitter ledger, but now so do Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Papelbon of all people. A 7-0 win for the Phillies was NOT exactly what the Braves needed right now, but the Phillies have a highlight for the season.

Sadly that means taking Roy Halladay’s Division Series no hitter off this list, but oh well. History waits for nobody, especially not Jake Diekman,

It is time to update my list!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 10, 2014

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LISA BLUMENFELD/GETTY IMAGES

It is time for The Sunday Request on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Oh there was a whopper of a long game LAST night.

It is an up all night and up early episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

James Shields, Mike Trout, Mike Fiers, David Peralta, Max Scherzer, Shin-Soo Choo, Freddie Freeman and Aaron Harang all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 5, 2014

Photo: Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images

Photo: Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images

The Rally Possum led the A’s to victory!

Meanwhile the Wild Card race makes sense and the Phillies front office is insanely dumb.

That and more in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Tyler Flowers, Pablo Sandoval, Garrett Richards, Daniel Murphy, Desmond Jennings, Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke and Santiago Casilla (??) all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 3, 2014

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Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America

Forget East Coast Bias! All the northeastern teams are sub .500.

But as of right now, the A’s, Angels, Dodgers, Giants and Mariners would ALL make the post season! It is time for West Coast Bias!

That and more on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Tyson Ross, Edwin Encarnacion, Justin Ruggiano, John Danks, Brandon Moss, Tyler Skaggs, Paul Goldschmidt and Hyun-Jin Ryu  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.
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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated For Tim Lincecum, June 25, 2014)

AP Photo/Eric Risberg

AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Is Tim Lincecum done? NOT TODAY!

The Giants needed to have a decent pitching performance and give their bullpen a break. What did they get? A masterpiece from Tim Lincecum. For the second straight season, Giant fans can say “Tim is not a Cy Young contender anymore, but at least he gave us a no hitter this year.)

The list of Giants pitchers with more than one no hitter? It is short but impressive:

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Good company to be in.

And like last year, Lincecum did it against the Padres, the only remaining franchise without a no hitter.

(Yes, I know, the Washington Nationals haven’t had a no hitter either. They had no hitters when they were the Montreal Expos.)

 

It is time to update my list!

The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated For Clayton Kershaw, June 18, 2014)

Chris Carlson - AP

Chris Carlson – AP

The second Dodger no hitter this season!

Well Josh Beckett didn’t last long on this list! Less than a month ago, Beckett threw the first no no of the year. Tonight, the ace of the Dodger staff showed the Rockies why he is a multiple Cy Young winner.

In fact, only Hanley Ramirez‘s error kept him from being perfect.

It is safe to say that he will take it.

Still no San Diego Padres nor Washington Nationals no hitter yet (although the Nationals franchise have no hitters as the Expos and the city of Washington had some with the Senators.)

It is time to update my list!

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