Last night, R.A. Dickey threw the 35th one hitter in New York Mets history, the 27th of which that was a complete game for the starting pitcher. In discussing this with a couple of women, including my mother, the consistent response I got was that it reminded them of the movie “27 dresses”. The old “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” idea. And I think that is kinda appropriate. The Mets so often have been THAT close to a no-hitter, and yet, they’ve never had it happen.
In fact, 16 different pitchers have thrown no-hitters either before joining the Mets, or after leaving the team. You can read more about those pitchers here and here. Nolan Ryan, as most baseball fans know, even threw SEVEN no hitters after leaving the Mets.
Even worse for R.A. Dickey last night was that the sole base hit was earned by the opposing pitcher, Cole Hamels. Hamels was already high on many Mets fans’ hate lists thanks to his “choke artist” comments. Now he will join players like Jimmy Qualls and LeRon Lee on the list of less than stellar hitters to break up Mets no-hitters.
7,759 games. That’s how many games the Mets have played without a single no hitter. Seven thousand seven hundred fifty nine. Maybe it will eventually happen…maybe it won’t. The Mets and the Padres (a team just 7 years younger than the Mets) are the only franchises without no-hitters. Who knows if any Met will ever pitch a no-no? From Seaver to Heilman to Dickey, many have come close. But for now, the Mets lead the MLB with 37 one-hitters, and on a day where R.A. Dickey came as close as he did, that’s enough for me.