The “No-Hitter” is Overrated

This may seem bold, or this may seem like a take that you’ve heard before, but year-in and year-out there is always hype over guys who “almost had a no-hitter,” or guys that actually do complete a no-hitter. Regardless, I think it’s overrated.

The word “overrated” is a word with lots of gray area, so before I get into it, here’s what I’m saying. I’m not implying it’s “not valuable,” because it’s still an impressive feat. For example, I recently posted about ESPN saying David Ortiz is overrated. Ortiz may be overrated, but he’s still a very good player and valuable to the Boston Red Sox(he’s not overrated though).

And now, here I am saying that no-hitters are impressive, but overrated…

Why do I think they’re overrated?

  • Any pitcher can do it, and they can do it multiple times…

First, Jonathan Sanchez threw a no-hitter. His overall record is 39-58 with an ERA of 4.70.

Clay Buchholz also threw a no-hitter at just 23 years old in his second major league start.

Jake Arrieta, Homer Bailey, Max Scherzer, Cole Hamels, Tim Lincecum, Justin Verlander, and (throwback to) Hideo Nomo have all thrown two no-hitters…

Nolan Ryan… 7.

Impressive, but we may be giving it too much credit.

Another reason…

  • They’re not perfect.

You can have a line of 9.0 IP, 0H, 4K, 4BB and have a no-hitter. You can hit a player, your team can make multiple errors, it can still be a no-hitter.

Give me a Perfect Game, when your team is perfect in the field, not one hit, walk, or error is allowed. That’s impressive. That’s something worth noting.

Kyle Hendricks could’ve given up that home run in the first inning of that game last night. You have to retire 27 batters in a row without letting anyone get a hit. He didn’t. He retired 24. He could’ve given up a home run in the first inning and then retired 27 batters in a row and not many people would’ve heard about it. I wouldn’t have gotten updates inning by inning about Hendricks getting through the 6th, 7th, and 8th inning without allowing a hit, even though at the end of the game, his stat line would’ve been the same.

Impressive, but overrated.

  • You can lose if you throw a no-hitter.

Five times a no-hitter has occurred in a game and that pitcher has lost the game. 5 losses in 295 games makes you think your odds are still obviously with you, but the fact that you CAN lose a game after throwing a no-hitter causes the performance lose its luster.

And finally…

  • Combined no-hitters

This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard and it’s ridiculous that they even include this in the total amount of no-hitters.

A no-hitter is impressive from a pitcher’s individual standpoint. You didn’t let up one hit during the entire game. That’s something to be proud of. And by no means am I saying it’s easy to throw a no-hitter, but with the amount of no-hitters there have been in history, I feel like we give the act more credit than it may deserve because of all reasons stated above.

At the end of the day though it doesn’t really matter. Whether it be a Perfect Game, a No-Hitter, or a 20+ strikeout game, all that really matters is whether or not you’re adding a tally to the win column.

I will continue to hate on no-hitters until the day I die. Perfection or bust.




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