2012 is being dubbed the year of the pitcher. Matt Cain’s perfect game was the second no-hitter in less than a week, following a six-pitcher combined effort by the Mariners on June 8, the third of the month going back to Johan Santana’s gem on June 1 and the fifth of the season. If things keep up at this rate we will finish the season with a whopping 14 no-hitters, nearly doubling the single season record of 8 set in 1884.
With this ongoing trend the odds of being able to cross “See a No-Hitter” off our Windows Phone Baseball Bucket List seem more likely than ever. Be it luck or randomness there has to be an explanation, the increased number is helped along by the collision of a few long-term trends, some of which are nestled inside of others. If you want to get to the bottom of the case check out Jay Jaffe’s examination into the numbers behind the rise in no-hitters and see this Baseball In High Resolution look at the year of the pitcher.
White Sox Phil Humber vs Seattle Mariners on April 21, 2012
Angels of Anaheim Jared Weaver vs Minnesota Twins on May 2, 2012
New York Mets Johan Santana vs St. Louis Cardinals on June 1, 2012
Seattle Mariners Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen combined no-hitter vs Los Angeles Dodgers on June 8, 2012
San Francisco Giants Matt Cain vs Houston Astros on June 13, 2012