The No-Hitter Phenomena

Last night Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs pitched the MLB's 6th no hitter of the year against a talented L.A. Dodgers team that now has been no hit twice in the past 9 days. Arrieta pitched great and like all no hitters or perfect games had a little bit of luck as well when Kike Hernandez hit a hard line drive at Starlin Castro that got away from him. Usually, the home team scorer gives the home team hitter the benefit of the doubt and records a hit, but in this situation it went down as an error on Castro. After that Arrieta was lights out and the team celebrated in a humorous fashion of wearing pajama's:

There have been a total of 293 no-hitters thrown since baseball started recognizing them in 1876 and 23 of those have been perfect games. Every time this happens it's an amazing feat, think about it you face a minimum of 27 batters to complete this and not once do any of them hit a baseball to a spot on the field that is not covered.  Like I said earlier it's already happened five other times this year alone and twice to the same team in under two weeks. That means the Dodgers as a team collectively have gone 0-52 in two games that took place 9 days apart. We're talking about a team in first place, that is just mind blowing, but it happened.

Anyway right now the MLB has had no less than three no hitters a year since 2010 with a high of seven in 2012. Well right now it is looking possible that this 2015 season can match it, seeing how in the past 10 days alone we have had two no-hitters thrown. Then you have to consider how close other pitchers have come this year including Justin Verlander this past week making it to the ninth inning before his was broke up. There have been four pitchers that have had no hit bids broken up in the 9th inning two of those coming with two outs. Which begs the question of, are no hitters as exciting as they once were?

I am here to say "yes" because everytime it happens people still go crazy and are awe struck by what has happened. Fans, broadcasters, coaches, and players all still follow the superstitious rules that go along with them. No one talks about whats happening, they ignore the pitcher, and don't sit near him. all because at some point we began to believe that if we do the opposite of any of that we would be responsible for the no hit bid ending. We keep these rituals going because we want to see something amazing. Last night we got another glimpse at something amazing, who knows that could be the last no hitter for years or until the next game starts. Only time will tell, but one thing I can guarantee you is that when the next one does happen everyone will jump up and down and scream and shout but not until that last out has been recorded. That's just one fan's stance though.