Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Back-To-Back No-Hitters Can Happen. And It Will!

Roughly six times per year for the last two-and-a-half decades some bozo has come up with a list of "Baseball records that will never be broken." Inevitably, Johnny Vander Meer's back-to-back no-hitters makes the list. Inevitably, I pull my hair out.

Mark Buerhle threw a perfect game Thursday. Last night, in his first start since said perfect game, he retired the first seventeen batters of the game. In case you weren't never no good at mathematics, that's ten outs from consecutive perfect games!

And he's Mark Buerhle! Oh, he's good, but he's hardly one of the all-time greats. And he doesn't strike out a ton of hitters, which makes his recent streak all the more impressive.

It also proves my point.

You mean to tell me that Felix Hernandez couldn't take his B+ stuff to the mound against the Royals, strike out nine or ten batters, benefit from a bit of luck and solid defense for his first no-hitter...followed by an outing where he has absolutely everything working for him, strike out fifteen and never see an opponent smoke one of his pitches?

Plus, didn't Dave Stieb go back-to-back starts in the late 80's where he recorded 26 outs before giving up his first hit? Like Buerhle, Dave Stieb was good, but he wasn't the greatest of all time.

Trust me, someone will throw consecutive no-hitters, and this will happen before I die.

I think.

-Brad Spieser (