Thoughts on Balls
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Ted Keith recently wrote about the no hitter thrown by 6 combined pitchers on the Mariners staff against the Dodgers.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/ted_keith/06/09/mariners.no.hitter/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a4

He says that the feat was amazing, historic, etc... and it truly was.  But I happen to find a complete game no hitter by one pitcher more impressive.  First, let's look at the parts of this no-no that WERE amazing:

- Seattle is terrible this year, the Dodgers have been very good

- Six pitchers means six different guys have to be on their "A" game all at the same time

- The six pitchers for Seattle aren't "studs" or guys you'd expect to shut down a team

That said, there are several reasons why I'm more impressed when one guy does it, as opposed to multiple pitchers.  One of which is that the aura of a pitcher on his game seems to be more distinct than a staff having a good night.  I compare it to one player having a great night at the plate and hitting say 3 HR and getting 8 RBI.  I remember that for quite a while, but I don't remember if an entire team is hitting well and put up say 6 HR and 14 runs collectively.  Both are awesome displays of offense, but it just seems more special when one player does it.  Some other reasons:

- More pitchers means more things the hitters need to adapt to.  Different speeds, different pitch selections, etc...

- Fatigue.  One pitcher gets tired as the game goes on.  Multiple pitchers always means a fresh arm.

- Tendencies.  As a game goes on, you can figure out what the pitcher is doing.  You might see him rely on a certain pitch in certain counts or situations.  You can get "lucky" by doing some scouting the longer the opportunity to watch.  New pitchers means no pattern.

Seattle had a great night and I can't take anything away from their performance.  It was top shelf pitching (maybe combined with an off night offensively for LA).  What do you guys think is more impressive?

June 11, 2012  12:18 PM ET

I think there have only been 10 combined no-nos.

A very rare feat.

June 11, 2012  12:18 PM ET

I think there have only been 10 combined no-nos.

A very rare feat.

June 11, 2012  12:19 PM ET

I think there have only been 10 combined no-nos.

A very rare feat.

June 11, 2012  01:05 PM ET

I think there have only been 10 combined no-nos.

A very rare feat.

June 11, 2012  01:05 PM ET

I think there have only been 10 combined no-nos.

A very rare feat.

June 11, 2012  01:05 PM ET

I think there have only been 10 combined no-nos.

A very rare feat.

June 11, 2012  01:10 PM ET

I think there have only been 10 combined no-nos.

A very rare feat.

June 11, 2012  01:11 PM ET

I think there have only been 10 combined no-nos.

A very rare feat.

June 11, 2012  01:12 PM ET

I think there have only been 10 combined no-nos.

A very rare feat.

June 11, 2012  01:12 PM ET

I think there have only been 10 combined no-nos.

A very rare feat.

June 11, 2012  01:13 PM ET

I think there have only been 10 combined no-nos.

A very rare feat.

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