Baseball Crank
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June 30, 2009
BASEBALL: No-Hittable, Part II

wezen-ball looks at the pitchers who took the most no-hitters into the 7th inning. H/T Unsurprisingly, Nolan Ryan laps the field, while Don Sutton leads among guys who never closed the deal. Interesting to see Tim Wakefield's name on the honorable mentions.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:07 PM | Baseball 2009 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

I saw a handful of Clemens' bids as well as Wakefield's. Where I always thought Clemems would seal the deal on one (or more) of them I never have been under the illusion that Wake would. He is one of the best knucklers of all time and has, in stretches, clearly (earlier in his career) been the most dominant but it is just not a pitch conducive to getting 27-30 consecutive guys in a row out (excluding walks of course). I have always been surprised that Clemens never got it done back in the day considering the other stuff he did (20K games, 24 win seasons, low ERAs). That Pedro never closed one out baffles me however. How THAT guy never through a no-no is amazing. The 1-hitter against the Yankees in 1999 was the most brilliant game I ever saw. He literally made 1 mistake the whole game and it turned into a dinger. That easily could have been his no-hitter. So much luck in those games, both ways.

Posted by: jim at June 30, 2009 7:23 PM
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