14 no-hitters since 2009: Just a coincidence?

Published: Friday, June 1 2012 8:54 p.m. MDT

The MLB season just started a little over a two months ago and there has already been a perfect game and two no-hitters. It might not be a coincidence, it might be part of a trend that is happening in Major League Baseball. After Philip Humber pitched a perfect game in April, Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci pointed out that there have been four perfect games and 14 no-hitters since 2009. That includes Johan Santana's no-hitter on June 1. Verducci wrote, "Humber earned himself a piece of baseball immortality. But here's the deal: baseball immortality is being handed out like giveaway bobbleheads." After years of being a batter's league, pitching is becoming more prominent in the MLB. Verducci believes there are a number of reasons to account for the rise of pitchers. "An influx of young pitchers, steroid testing, the acceptance of strikeouts in the culture of hitting, more layers of scouting report information to attack hitters, a trend toward pitcher-friendly ballparks in new construction ... all of it and then some has helped pitching rule." Verducci promised that there would be more no-hitters (which he already happened) and the possibility of another perfect game. It is difficult to predict when and where a no-hitter might happen, but we can look back on the last 14 pitchers to have no-hitters. Read Verducci's column here.
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