There has already been three no-hitters pitched this season in the Major Leagues. Seattle’s James Paxton threw the third no-no of the year against the Blue Jays in Toronto on May 8. His 99 pitch masterpiece was preceded by a combined no-hitter from four Dodger pitchers against the Padres earlier in the season in Monterrey, Mexico. Oakland’s Sean Manaea held the Red Sox hitless back on April 21st. Any no-hitter is an achievement but what makes these three unique is that they took place in three different countries, Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Today, with the proliferation of sports outlets, apps and platforms, it is easier than ever to catch the end of a no-hitter live. Outlets like ESPN will hi-light a no-hitter if a pitcher takes one into the sixth inning. If it seems like there are more no-hitters than ever, there are. There have been more no-hitters thrown in this decade than any other previous decade, and there is still a season and a half to go. Previously, the 1960’s had the highest number of no-hitters.
If you want to increase your odds of seeing a no-hitter, go to a game on Saturday. It is the most popular day for them to be pitched. Wednesday is the second most popular. Buy tickets for September games to increase your chances as well, as more no-hitters have been pitched in the early fall than any other time.
So far, in 2018, four no-hitters have been spoiled with one or two outs in the eighth inning. The next one thrown will be Major League Baseball’s 300th of all time. If you have a smartphone, cable TV or the internet, odds are pretty good you just may be able to catch the end of it.