The Mets are sitting through a rain delay in Atlanta after an ugly afternoon loss I won’t comment on.
Meanwhile, last night Boston’s Jon Lester threw a no hitter against the Royals in Fenway Park.
I was watching the game with a friend in Penn Station while we waited for late night trains home (no better place than Kabooz at times like this). After Lester’s last pitch, I, like all Mets fans sitting at bars or on couches, had to wonder: will there ever be a Mets no-hitter?
Boston has now seen 18 no-hitters. And two in the last year (Clay Buchholz last Sept. 1).
The Mets have thrown none. I have seen at least two one-hitters. Gooden in 1984 (an infield hit when new third baseman Ray Knight held a slow dribbler instead of throwing it. Stinker) and Booby Jones in the playoffs. But one-hitters are all we got.
I wasn’t the only one thinking about this. Loge 13 wise man Ron Hunt sent me his musings:
I was bored today and started thinking about no hitters in baseball in
light of Jon Lester's gem last night and the fact that we are in our
47th year as a franchise and remain without any no no's.
The Mets have been no hit six times, Sandy Koufax (his first), Jim
Bunning (his second), Bob Moose, Bill Stoneman (his second), Ed Halicki and
Seven Met pitchers have thrown no hitters prior to becoming Mets -
Warren Spahn - 2 , Dean Chance, Dock Ellis, John Candelaria, Bret
Saberhagen, Kenny Rogers, Al Leiter and Hideo Nomo.
And, most sadly of all, six Mets have pitched no hitters after leaving
the Mets - Nolan Ryan - 7, Jim Bibby, Tom Seaver, Mike Scott, Dwight
Gooden, David Cone.
And, Clay Buchholz, who pitched a no hitter last year, was the Red
Sox's compensation pick for the Mets free agent signing of Pedro Martinez.
One of these days....
Jim Bibby – perhaps the best Met trivia answer ever (Q: name the 6 Mets who pitched no-hitters after leaving the Mets).
So I think this is the year. And I think it’s going to happen at Shea Stadium. And the first pitcher to throw a no hitter in Mets history? I’m going with John Maine or Oliver Perez.
So why do you think no Mets have thrown no-no’s? And who might break the jinx this year?