Monday, July 26, 2010
The Rays have a no hitter... the Mets and Padres don't. Odd isn't it?
Off the top of my head I can think of a bunch of pitchers who at one point in their careers played for the Mets who also threw a no hitter.
Without looking it up I can list Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Doc Gooden, David Cone, Hideo Nomo, Al Leiter and Mike Scott all threw no hitters and I am sure I am missing one or two.
None of them pitched a no hitter in a Mets uniform.
Despite a great tradition of dominating pitchers and consistently playing in a pitchers Ballpark (whether it be Shea or CitiField) the Mets have oddly never had a no hitter.
And with several Cy Young winners to their teams checkered history, the Padres also have never had a no hitter. Like the Mets they have always played in a pitchers park... yet could never even slap together a combined no hitter.
The Rockies have.
The Diamondbacks have a few.
So do the Marlins.
The expansion team Mariners, Blue Jays, Astros, Rangers, Angels, Expos, Royals and Brewers all have no no hitters on their docket.
And with Matt Garza, so do the Rays.
Only the Mets and Padres stand alone.
I would say the safe money is on the Padres to throw a no hitter next. They are having a charmed season... and the term "no hits" will be often used to describe a Mets game this year, but they would be referring to New York's offense.