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Posted on: July 28, 2010 12:00 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:01 pm
 

No-hitters anything but boring


Matt Garza With my DVR all ready and fired up to watch Mad Men on Monday night, I had to tell the wife we couldn't watch it right then, instead I pickd up the iPad and watched the last two innings of Matt Garza's no-hitter with Don Draper paused in the background.

The no-hitter was the first in Tampa Bay Rays history and the fifth of this magical season of the pitcher. These things are special, unless you're Mike Freeman. My colleague here at CBS Sports is bored by no-hitters and he's just not going to take it anymore .

Apparently five is the threshold to mediocrity -- five of 1,487 games played so far this season have finished with a pitcher not allowing a hit to the opposing team. Yep, 0.3362 percent is just too darn much to feel goosebumps.

Those odds, roughly one in 300, is as common as the Cubs winning this year's World Series, according to one line. Anyone taking that bet?

Freeman write that it's "difficult to dispute that no-hitters are losing their uniqueness." Did he write this in 1991? That may have been the case after 14 no-hitters in two seasons, but then there was just one in 1992.

To say that the five so far this season are the start of a trend is to be short-sighted and ignore the cyclical nature of history. Following those 14 no-hitters in the first two seasons of the 90s, there were 14 no-hitters in the next seven seasons. Or that perhaps the five we've seen this season make up for only one no-hitter thrown between June 2003 and September 2006.

While he's ignoring history, Freeman writes, "mostly average pitchers (not all but mostly) are throwing so many this season."

The no-hitter has always been about the greatness of a pitcher on that one day, not the pitcher's overall greatness. It's a small sample size, nine innings in a career of thousands.

In baseball's history, there have been 268 recognized no-hitters, with just 50 of those thrown by Hall of Fame pitchers (18.7 percent). If you take out Nolan Ryan's seven no-hitters, it's only 16.5 percent. I'll even be kind and add Bert Blyleven, Randy Johnson (two no-hitters) and Roy Halladay as future Hall of Famers, that percentage goes up to just 19.8 percent. So in history, one out of five no-hitters is thrown by a future Hall of Famer.

This year, one no-hitter has been thrown by someone who has a good shot at Cooperstown (Halladay -- although it's too early to mention the C word either way with the 26-year old Ubaldo Jimenez.)

If you look at 1991, five of the seven no-hitters were thrown by just one pitcher. Of those, one was thrown by a future Hall of Famer, Ryan. The other four were by two pitchers with very good careers (Bret Saberhagen and Dennis Martinez), a rookie (Wilson Alverez) and a pitcher who would win 37 career games (Tommy Greene). How different is that from this year's class of Halladay, Jimenez, Garza, Dallas Braden and Edwin Jackson?

History shows pitchers such as Hod Eller, Tom Phoebus, Bob Moose, Ed Halicki, John Montesfusco, Juan Nieves and Bud Smith are as likely to toss a no-no as Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Warren Spahn or Bob Gibson.

Those guys have no-hitters, heck, Steve Busby has two, as do Don Wilson, Bill Stoneman and Virgil Trucks, but Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Tom Glavine, Steve Carlton, Lefty Grove, Whitey Ford, Dizzy Dean, Mordecai Brown and Grover Cleveland Alexander didn't throw one.

The no-hitter is still unpredictable and takes a special mix of luck and skill. It is -- and always will be -- special, whether someone bothers to re-tweet the accomplishment or not. It's even enough to put off watching Joan Holloway -- and that's saying something.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 11:30 pm
 

Diamondbacks still looking to deal

Chris Snyder Dan Haren has been dispatched to Anaheim, but that's not likely to be the last of the news coming out of the desert this week.

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com said Monday the Diamondbacks are open to offers for at least four more players: catcher Chris Snyder, right-hander Edwin Jackson, reliever Chad Qualls and first baseman Adam LaRoche.

A report earlier in the day by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said the Red Sox had offered reliever Ramon Ramirez to the Mets for Rod Barajas before Barajas ended up hurt. That would indicate Boston is interested in shoring up at catcher (even with Monday's return of Victor Martinez), and obviously the Diamondbacks are desperate for anything resembling an even remotely competent reliever. Would the Sox make the same deal for Snyder that they were prepared to make for Barajas?

Jackson has been connected to the Nationals, though you wonder how interested the Diamondbacks are in parting with two-fifths of their starting rotation wihin a few days.

This week could be important to interim GM Jerry DiPoto, who is considered a longshot to keep the job. Some good trades might help -- and if he can get someone to take Chad Qualls (1-4, 8.49 ERA) off their hands, he might be the Diamondbacks' employee of the month..

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Nationals interested in Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson Here's a new name for you in the trade sweepstakes: Edwin Jackson.

SI.com's Jon Heyman says the Nationals, amongst other teams, have exhibited interest in Jackson.

Just 26, Jackson already has a no-hitter to his name and delivered a 3.62 ERA in 214 starts for the Tigers last season. He was shipped to Detroit in the Curtis Granderson three-way trade, and has disappointed to date with a 5.01 ERA in 20 starts. However, he's been unlucky on balls in play and baserunners stranded (due, no doubt, in part to the D-Backs' terrible bullpen allowing inherited runs to score) and has actually contributed a xFIP of 4.27 to his team.

Jackson is making $4.2 million on the year and has an $8.35 million payday on the way in 2011 before becoming a free agent at what will be the young age of 28 with parts of nine seasons under his belt after coming up as a 19-year-old with the Dodgers.

The Nationals would love to add a young starter to its burgeoning rotation. Interest in baseball is piquing in Washington and the team is slowly but surely getting better. A Jackson add would give the team a 2011 rotation comprised of Stephen Strasburg, Jackson, Jordan Zimmerman, Jason Marquis and no shortage of solid No. 5 candidates.

This is merely speculation, but since the Tigers and White Sox have exhibited such strong interest in Adam Dunn, perhaps a three-way deal could be engineered to send Jackson to Washington, Dunn to one of the AL Central teams and pitching to 'Zona. The ChiSox could and will dangle Daniel Hudson and other minor-league pieces while the Tigers could make a play by offering Andrew Oliver or Jacob Turner.

If Jackson is traded, Derrick Hall, the CEO of Arizona says Haren won't be dealt, in an earlier MLB Facts and Rumors report . Haren, of course, is one of the bigger names on the block but is looking increasingly unlikely he will be dealt. The Yankees are the front-runners largely they are the Yankees and not because there is an enticing package available.

The Diamondbacks are looking for pitching in return for either, and while the team is in disarray, is still not all that far from contention. Even if Arizona decides to retain both players, it will not be at a cost to future Diamondback squads.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:09 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:27 am
 

Arizona needs 'A-plus' deal for Haren


Dan Harren If the Diamondbacks are going to give up Dan Haren, it's going to take an "A-plus" deal, Arizona CEO Derrick Hall tells the Arizona Republic 's Nick Piecoro .

Haren is under contract through 2012 plus a club option for 2013, so it's not as if the team needs to get rid of him right now. However, the Diamondbacks are looking to slash payroll and Haren will make $12.75 million in each of the next two seasons and the team option for 2013 is for $15.5 million with a $3.5 million buyout, so it would make more financial sense than baseball sense if he is moved.

If the Diamondbacks do move Haren, it will take pitching, Hall told reporters.

The Tigers, Yankees, Phillies, Twins and Cardinals all have had reported interest in Haren.

"Ideally what we would ask for is major-league ready pitching, be it starters and/or bullpen, and prospects," Hall said. "The volume doesn't matter. It doesn't need to be four or five or six guys, it's really about the quality."

Hall told Piecoro that it didn't have to be a player who is already in the majors, but top-flight minor-league talent would work.

Hall also said the team wants to keep either Haren or Edwin Jackson, who is signed for $8.35 million next season.

Hall said there has been interest in other Diamondbacks and nobody's untouchable -- "if you're getting enough in return, you'd have to consider."

Other Diamondbacks of interest to other teams may be reliever Chad Qualls and Aaron Heilman, both free agents after the season. Shortstop Stephen Drew is arbitration-eligible after the season and could also draw interest.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 10:10 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 11:20 pm
 

Individual achievement over the greater good?

Edwin Jackson What price is glory?

For the Arizona Diamondbacks and Edwin Jackson, it may be 149 pitches.

That's how many pitches needed to throw the second no-hitter in Arizona Diamondbacks history, a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the most pitches thrown in a game since Livan Hernandez threw 150 in 2005.

Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch left Jackson in despite him having thrown 134 pitches through eight innings. In all, Jackson walked eight batters, including one in the ninth. He also hit a batter and had one base runner reach on an error. However, he  did get helped out when Miguel Montero ended the eighth inning by throwing out pinch-runner Carl Crawford trying to steal. He also got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the third inning.

"I told [Hinch] I'm not coming out," Jackson said.

According to the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin , Hinch said he "stopped counting at 115."

At some point, doesn't a greater good come in effect over the chance at history? Does the individual achievement outweigh what the team's needs and the pitcher's future? Although Jackson debuted in the majors in 2003, he won't turn 27 until September.

On the other hand, the Diamondbacks are 29-45 and going nowhere this season, they can afford to rest him later in the year or even skip a start soon, as Jackson suggested after the game.

Jackson has proven to be a workhorse, having thrown more than 120 pitches twice already this season. He threw 132 in a game last year and two more 120-plus pitch starts for the Tigers in 2009. But 149 pitches? Is that too much? Only time will tell.

What about the Rays? Tampa has been no-hit three times in less than one calendar year -- a perfect game by Mark Buehrle on July 23, 2009, the perfect game by Dallas Braden on May 9 and this imperfect no-hitter.

It is the fourth no-hitter of the season. There were seven no-hitters in 1991.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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