Some pitchers go their whole careers and never pitch a no hitter, some franchises go their whole existence without having a pitcher hurling a no hitter for them (this was the case of the Mets until 2012 when Johan Santana pitched the first and only no hitter in franchise history). Jake Arrieta has two no hitters. Last season he pitched one against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 30. Now he pitched his second one against the Reds on April 21 2016 .
In between no-hitters, Arrieta won five times in September, two games in the postseason before tiring in the National League championship series, then the NL Cy Young Award, then his first three starts of 2016. Since early last summer he is 20-1 with a 0.86 ERA.
“Man, god, it felt sloppy from the get-go,” he said. “The pregame ‘pen was as sloppy as it was in L.A. before that no-hitter, so I don’t put a lot into it.
“I was a little off with my command but was able to keep them off balance and later in the game pounded the strike zone with some good movement and keeping the ball down. Pitching to contact was the goal today and I did a pretty good job at that.”
Congratulations to Jake Arrieta for pitching his second career no hitter. I got a feeling there will be more coming in his career.