2012 MLB Flashback: Looking Back at the Seven No-Hitters
Tuesday October 30th, 2012
Sam Evans: The 2012 Major League Baseball season featured more no-hitters than any season since 1991. Of the seven no-hitters thrown in 2012, only one of them involved more than one pitcher. While pitching has regained its presence since the Steroid-Era has started to dissapear, the amount of no-hitters and perfect games in Major League Baseball has certainly taken off. Here’s a look back at the seven games in 2012 where one team was held hitless:
April 21st, Philip Humber, White Sox Vs. Mariners: Philip Humber finished the 2011 season with a 3.58 FIP in twenty-eight starts. In 2012, Humber pitched in twenty-six games, sixteen starts, and posted a 6.44 ERA. However, on one day in April, everything clicked for Humber as he struck out nine and finished with a perfect game. Putting aside a debatable strike call with a full count against Brendan Ryan in the bottom of the ninth, Humber truly was perfect. His slider and changeup both were tremendous pitches in this one outing and against a weak Mariners offense, Humber was able to dominate the game.
May 2nd, Jered Weaver, Angels Vs. Twins: Jered Weaver needed 121 pitches to throw a no-hitter against the Twins on the second day of May. With his mom, dad, and wife all in attendance, Weaver made the Twins look silly by deploying his full array of offspeed pitches. Other than a Josh Willingham walk, Weaver kept all Minnesota hitters off of the basepaths. His defense helped him all game, as evidenced by Torii Hunter‘s game-ending catch that he ran down on the warning track.
June 1st, Johan Santana, Mets Vs. Cardinals: All no-hitters are impressive; but anytime a no-hitter happens against the team that goes on to the NLCS, that’s even more of an amazing feat. Johan Santana’s no-hitter against St. Louis was largely thanks to his changeup, which seemed reminiscent of his days with Minnesota. That was the best changeup I have seen Santana throw in the last five years. What made this game even more special was that this was the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history. The Mets had thirty-five one-hitters before, but never a no-hitter. While Santana’s time with the Mets hasn’t exactly gone as planned, he will always be remembered as the first Met to throw a no-hitter.
June Eighth, Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, Tom Wilhelmsen, Mariners Vs. Dodgers: Six pitchers combining to throw a one-hitter is insane. The immense pressure that each of those pitchers must have had, knowing that they couldn’t let their teammates down, must have been extremely difficult. However, on one day in June, the Mariners pitchers combined to tie the record for most pitchers involved on a no-hitter. This was a special day in no-hitter history.
June 13th, Matt Cain, Giants Vs. Astros: Matt Cain was due for a no-hitter. In over 1500 impressive innings pitched, Cain had never achieved a no-no. Luckily for him, Cain not only got his no-hitter, but it was a perfect game as well. Melky Cabrera and Gregor Blanco both made outstanding defensive plays to preserve this perfect game. Cain struck out fourteen Astros and that resulted in a Game Score of 101, the highest of any pitcher in the 2012 season.
August 15th, Felix Hernandez, Mariners Vs. Rays: Felix Hernandez is another pitcher who was “due” for a perfect game.
It wouldn’t be going out on a ledge to call this the most exciting perfect game of the 2012 season. King Felix pitches with a lot of energy and on this particular day, Hernandez was on fire. He struck out twelve hitters, despite only throwing 16/27 first-pitch strikes. Hernandez only got one run of run support, so there was no room for error. Without a doubt, this was my favorite no-hitter of 2012.
September 28th, Homer Bailey, Reds Vs. Pirates: This Homer Bailey seemed to suck the life out of a Pirates team having a disappointing second half. This game seemed to mark the end of dreaming about Bailey’s potential, and the beginning of learning what kind of pitcher he really is. Bailey is never going to be the ace that the Reds thought, but he is definitely good enough to have a starting job in the majors for several years to come. Bailey struck out ten and only walked one in his 115 pitches. This game had to have energized the Reds, as they prepared to enter the postseason.
Here’s to more no-hitters and perfect games in the 2013 season!
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