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The nuttiest no-hitter yet

Posted on: June 25, 2010 11:07 pm
 
The pitch-count police are no doubt screaming.

I'm not. I can't. I'm too stunned to scream.

Another no-hitter? With eight walks? On 149 pitches?

Really?

Oh yeah, another no-hitter, and this time it's Edwin Jackson of the Diamondbacks, against the Rays, the team that traded him away a year and a half ago. It's the Rays, the team that has been the loser in two perfect games in the last 12 months, now losing an imperfect game.

And it really was 149 pitches, with eight walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch.

Really.

Yes, 149 pitches, the most anyone had thrown in a major-league game in almost five years (and the most anyone other than Livan Hernandez had thrown in more than six years). And the most anyone had thrown in a no-hitter in all the history that baseball-reference.com has recorded.

The pitch-count police are not going to like that. They're going to say that Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch was reckless, that he was putting Jackson's health at risk.

I'm not so sure about that. I'm not so sure that Hinch didn't help Jackson, by allowing him a night he'll never forget -- and, perhaps, a night that could help him understand how good he can be.

Jackson is talented enough that he made the American League All-Star team last year with the Tigers. But he's erratic enough that he has a 43-45 career record, inconsistent enough that the Rays basically wouldn't pitch him in the 2008 postseason, then traded him to the Tigers (who a year later traded him to Arizona).

Before Friday, he had completed two of 125 career starts. His lone shutout before this came in 2007, a season he began with eight straight losses and an 8.20 ERA.

Did I mention he's been inconsistent?

Anyway, Hinch has regularly allowed Jackson to throw more than 110 pitches, and twice before he's allowed him to go past the 120-pitch mark. Jackson is 26 years old, and he's already proven to be durable.

He has good enough stuff that it shouldn't be a total surprise that he could throw a no-hitter -- especially in this year where almost anyone can throw a no-hitter.

But a 149-pitch no-hitter, with eight walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch?

That is a surprise. A total surprise.

And I'm still too stunned to scream.
Comments

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2010 5:04 pm
 

The nuttiest no-hitter yet

mattlee---a rule in place?  seriously?  there should be a rule of what determines a no hitter....um yeah there is, it means you didn't give up a hit!!!!!!!!!!!  WOW.  Perhaps elementary school should be repeated ALL over again



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2010 5:02 pm
 

The nuttiest no-hitter yet

Seriously, you guys who talk like it's no big deal because he walked 8 guys.  Really?  Go away, go be miserable somewhere else.  It's an absolute joke that there are human beings out there so negative that they can turn something so impressive into a so what.  35 batters came to the plate and the only way they could get aboard is if he threw 4 balls.  My guess is all those people saying it's not a big deal couldn't even throw a strike anyway.  Get a life.  Congrats to Edwin Jackson, 8 walks or not, it's history and something to be proud of.  It's just a shame there are so many negative A holes out there to not appreciate the accomplishment.  A no hitter is exactly that, not allowing a hit.  If you don't think that's a big deal I suppose Nolan Ryan having 7 is a yawner



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2010 5:52 am
 

The nuttiest no-hitter yet

Man, you really are slow, and really bad at pinning down who people are. My favorite teams are actually rivals with most of the teams you listed. Nice try again though. Stay off the drugs before you try to read people on a message board. You seem to be the one taking it personally; must have modeled your image off of Barry Bonds.



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2010 8:01 pm
 

The nuttiest no-hitter yet

You're funny man you. I was born and raised in the San Francisco area, grew up the the Giants and Athletics, and am planted in Arizona for business reasons. So, I easily could've jumped on the D-Backs bandwagon after 2001, but have stayed faithful to my teams by the Bay Area.

Hippie? Not sure where that came from.

Let's see, you must be a Laker, Cowboy, Yankees, and Red Wings fan too.

Don't take it so personally; you just sound like someone from New Yoik (misspelling intended).



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2010 2:19 am
 

The nuttiest no-hitter yet

I love how people automatically assume that because I'm a Jets fan, I must be from New York.

And you live in Arizona? Why aren't you a fan of the home town team, or wait... you did jump on the Lincecum bandwagon. Nice try, hippie. See what I did there? Associating being a fan of a team with being from that area. It just makes you look foolish, really.

It is you're, also, I might add. Might want to spend more time on learning some grammar and spelling than working on that 0 reputation.



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2010 1:04 am
 

The nuttiest no-hitter yet

My point was that the no-hitter became "more important" than the game itself and the health of the pitcher in the near future. When a manager paces back and forth in the dugout and "bows" to the pitcher who tells him "he'll miss his next start if needed" then I feel it is an indvidual performance issue. No pitcher should ever miss a start because of a one-game accomplishment and should never sell the manager on his current game statistics.

As for your Lincecum comment, grow up. I'd take Lincecum over any D-Backs pitcher 100 times out of 100; so your comment is idiotic and has nothing to do with anything but your pent-up anger at the world. There is no hole, unless you're talking about the hole of a city your from, New Yoiker.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2010 7:22 pm
 

The nuttiest no-hitter yet

Skyhawk, you probably remember Burnett's better because of the 9 walks than you do either of the Sanchez's no-hitters (Anibal in 06, Jonathan in 09). You'd be wrong about that one. I'd honestly forgotten Burnett had thrown one until you or someone else had brought it up because of the nine walks. I remember Anibal Sanchez's no-hitter very well. As for Jonathan Sanchez's, I don't remember it, but that's because I was so busy focusing on trying to find a job that I wasn't paying any attention to baseball and didn't know about it. Actually, I believe I had a job interview that day and ended up getting the job.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2010 2:33 pm
 

The nuttiest no-hitter yet

Skyhawk, you probably remember Burnett's better because of the 9 walks than you do either of the Sanchez's no-hitters (Anibal in 06, Jonathan in 09).



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2010 2:01 pm
 

The nuttiest no-hitter yet

Hinch is a stupid manager but even he wasn't dumb enough to turn it over to his bullpen last night.  That bullpen has a good chance to be the WORST EVER in modern baseball history.  They are easily the worst bullpen in MLB right now.  Anyone who follows the D-Backs did not want to see anyone from the bullpen enter that game.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2010 1:52 pm
 

The nuttiest no-hitter yet

Yeah, this no-hitter's really weak, just like Burnett's. And, it'll be just like Burnett's: within 3 weeks, almost nobody will ever remember he threw one, especially in this year of the no-hitter. Heck, my sister could probably toss one right now.


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