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Old 05-17-2017, 12:05 PM
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Didn't know Virgil was the uncle of recently deceased Allman Brother drummer Butch Trucks.
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Old 05-17-2017, 12:19 PM
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Kind of surprising. Seems like there is a no-no pretty quickly in April every year, as the pitchers are usually out in front of the batters. Wonder what is the longest a season has gone without a no hitter?

(If I missed one make believe this post never happened!)
I don't know why it seems like there are so many so early to you.

2016 only had one it was in April (4/21), but in 2015 the first of 7 came on June 9th.

Other firsts over last 10 years:
05/25/214
7/2/2013
4/21/2012
5/3/2011
4/17/2010
7/10/2009
5/19/2008
4/18/2007

So only 5 seasons over the past 10 seasons had one before 05/16 and only 4 with ones in April.

As far as the longest you can look at 2005, there weren't any.
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Old 05-17-2017, 12:27 PM
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I don't know why it seems like there are so many so early to you.

2016 only had one it was in April (4/21), but in 2015 the first of 7 came on June 9th.

Other firsts over last 10 years:
05/25/214
7/2/2013
4/21/2012
5/3/2011
4/17/2010
7/10/2009
5/19/2008
4/18/2007

So only 5 seasons over the past 10 seasons had one before 05/16 and only 4 with ones in April.

As far as the longest you can look at 2005, there weren't any.
Maybe I just recall the ones better that come early on. Bigger splash.
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Old 05-17-2017, 01:03 PM
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It does account for it. Plus i think DH in the American league has a 10% better chance to get a hit versus a Starting pitcher plus a pinch hitter in the 9th etc..
If that were true, that's only one spot in the batting order. I'm not a mathematician by any means, but I believe you'd have to divide that 10% difference among the 9 spots in the original batting order to come close to an actual conclusion

....... and nowadays losing teams are generally subbing in a pinch hitter for their starting pitcher long before the 9th inning. Especially if they are being shut out and are desperate for runs.

Yes, it is slightly easier to pitch a no-hitter in the NL as opposed to the AL, but nowhere near the difference you are proposing.

Either way, it's a damn fine accomplishment, that should not be diminished one way or another.

I'm sure more no-hitters happen against weak hitting teams rather then strong hitting teams to. These are still professional hitters though, and lots has to go right for something like this to fall into place.
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Old 05-17-2017, 02:02 PM
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I don't think there is any support for the NL vs AL debate overall.

The opposite thinking of a DH making one more spot in the rotation harder is that the pitcher not having to swing a bat and possibly run bases can rest their bodies between innings.

The batting average for the NL is .252, for the AL it is .247. So you could say that the NL would be harder since they have the higher batting average.

The DH was introduced in 1973. Since then here are the break downs:
51 - AL
54 - NL

Perfect Games Since 1973
9 - AL
5 - NL
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I don't think there is any support for the NL vs AL debate overall.

The opposite thinking of a DH making one more spot in the rotation harder is that the pitcher not having to swing a bat and possibly run bases can rest their bodies between innings.

The batting average for the NL is .252, for the AL it is .247. So you could say that the NL would be harder since they have the higher batting average.

The DH was introduced in 1973. Since then here are the break downs:
51 - AL
54 - NL

Perfect Games Since 1973
9 - AL
5 - NL
However we are talking about getting a no hitter now , not in 1973. If you look at the last 20 no hitters, how many were NL or in NL parks...im guessing its far more than 10% more than the AL ones..more like 50%+ more..

For the past 10 years etc its clearly trending in the NL favor i believe it will show.

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Another interesting stat debunking the NL vs AL myth when it comes to no hitters:

1971-1972 - NO DH
1971 - 3 no hitters all NL
1972 - 3 no hitters all NL

1973 - DH introduced
5 no hitters, 4 of them were in the AL

1974
3 no hitters, all in the AL

So the two years before it was introduced there were 6 no hitters all in the NL, the 2 years afterwards there were 8 no hitters and 7 of them were in the AL.
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Another interesting stat debunking the NL vs AL myth when it comes to no hitters:

1971-1972 - NO DH
1971 - 3 no hitters all NL
1972 - 3 no hitters all NL

1973 - DH introduced
5 no hitters, 4 of them were in the AL

1974
3 no hitters, all in the AL

So the two years before it was introduced there were 6 no hitters all in the NL, the 2 years afterwards there were 8 no hitters and 7 of them were in the AL.
Still the trend is your friend...how about the last 20 no hitters..how many in al versus nl parks.. Here are the last 20, two were interleague and the Marlin one was in an NL park..not sure about the other one.. as for the other 18, FIFTEEN were in NL ballparks...

Jered Weaver May 2, 2012 AL Los Angeles Angels Minnesota Twins 9 - 0
Johan Santana June 1, 2012 NL New York Mets St. Louis Cardinals 8 - 0
Matt Cain June 13, 2012 NL San Francisco Giants Houston Astros 10 - 0 Perfect Game
Felix Hernandez August 15, 2012 AL Seattle Mariners Tampa Bay Rays 1 - 0 Perfect Game
Homer Bailey September 28, 2012 NL Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Pirates 1 - 0
Homer Bailey July 2, 2013 NL Cincinnati Reds San Francisco Giants 3 - 0
Tim Lincecum July 13, 2013 NL San Francisco Giants San Diego Padres 9 - 0
Henderson Alvarez September 29, 2013 NL Miami Marlins Detroit Tigers 1 - 0 Interleague Play; final game of season
Josh Beckett May 25, 2014 NL Los Angeles Dodgers Philadelphia Phillies 6 - 0
Clayton Kershaw June 18, 2014 NL Los Angeles Dodgers Colorado Rockies 8 - 0
Tim Lincecum June 25, 2014 NL San Francisco Giants San Diego Padres 4 - 0
Jordan Zimmermann September 28, 2014 NL Washington Nationals Miami Marlins 1 - 0 Final game of season
Chris Heston June 9, 2015 NL San Francisco Giants New York Mets 5 - 0
Max Scherzer June 20, 2015 NL Washington Nationals Pittsburgh Pirates 6 - 0
Cole Hamels July 25, 2015 NL Philadelphia Phillies Chicago Cubs 5 - 0
Hisashi Iwakuma August 12, 2015 AL Seattle Mariners Baltimore Orioles 3 - 0
Mike Fiers August 21, 2015 AL Houston Astros Los Angeles Dodgers 3 - 0 Interleague Play
Jake Arrieta August 30, 2015 NL Chicago Cubs Los Angeles Dodgers 2 - 0
Max Scherzer October 3, 2015 NL Washington Nationals New York Mets 2 - 0
Jake Arrieta April 21, 2016 NL Chicago Cubs Cincinnati Reds 16 - 0

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Old 05-18-2017, 06:35 AM
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Didn't know Virgil was the uncle of recently deceased Allman Brother drummer Butch Trucks.

He also threw a one-hitter that year & all three low-hit games were 1-0!

He finished 5-19 with a 3.97 on a horrible Tigers team.

After 'retiring', he was the batting practice pitcher for several teams for years and years.


He passed away at 95 in 2013 but in 2005, someone had given my his address to which I sent a twenty dollar check and received a signed copy of his biography, "Throwing Heat" and a very nice personalized thank you note in the shaky cursive writing of an 87-year-old. I do wish I had taken the opportunity to meet him.
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The DH of an American League team is still going to make an out more than 70% of the time on average. It is not like every team's DH is Rod Carew, though I do concede that usually any position player stands a better chance of getting a hit than a pitcher.
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