CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s not a list that features a lot of high-powered offenses or memorable lineups, and it’s certainly a list upon which most Major League Baseball franchises would like to avoid. But the Cleveland Indians are now one of 18 major league teams to be no-hit twice in the same season after Friday’s 3-0 loss to Wade Miley and the Cincinnati Reds.
Carlos Rodon’s near-perfect no-hitter for the White Sox on April 14 sparked a stretch of 10 wins in Cleveland’s next 18 games before Friday’s debacle against Cincinnati, The Indians had moved into first place in the American League Central Division, but Miley’s mastery of manager Terry Francona’s lineup exposed flaws in Cleveland’s offense first revealed by Rodon.
While the aftermath of being held hitless for the second time in 23 days is still setting in, it’s worthwhile to note that not every team that’s displayed such futility twice in the same season has taken a nosedive into the cellar. There’s plenty of season remaining to turn things around.
They’re the third team in history to get no-hit twice in their first 31 games, joining the 1884 Pittsburgh Alleghenys of the American Association and the 1917 Chicago White Sox. That White Sox team, led by Shoeless Joe Jackson and Hall of Famer Eddie Collins, went on to win the World Series, 4-2, over the New York Giants.
In 2015, the Mets were no-hit twice, including Max Scherzer’s 17-strikeout gem for the Washington Nationals on Oct. 3, but they nevertheless advanced to the World Series that year where they eventually fell to the Royals, 4-1.
Other clubs, including the Dodgers and Rays, have gone on to win their divisions in the same season that they were no-hit twice, but in both of those cases the clubs lost in the division series round of the playoffs.
The list of teams that has come up empty in the hit column twice in the same season, per Sarah Langs of MLB.com, includes:
|Seattle Mariners||2019||68-94||5th in AL West|
|New York Mets||2015||90-72||1st in NL East||Lost WS|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||2015||92-70||1st in NL West||Lost NLDS|
|Tampa Bay Rays||2010||96-66||1st in AL East||Lost ALDS|
|San Diego Padres||2001||79-83||4th in NL West|
|Colorado Rockies||1996||83-79||3rd in NL West|
|California Angels||1977||74-88||5th in AL West|
|Detroit Tigers||1973||85-77||3rd in AL East|
|Cincinnati Reds||1971||79-83||4th in NL West|
|Detroit Tigers||1967||91-71||2nd in AL|
|Chicago Cubs||1965||72-90||8th in NL|
|Philadelphia Phillies||1960||59-95||8th in NL|
|Philadelphia Athletics||1923||69-83||6th in AL|
|Chicago White Sox||1917||100-54||1st in AL||Won WS|
|Boston Beaneaters||1898||102-47||1st in NL|
|Providence Grays||1885||53-57||4th in NL|
|Pittsburgh Alleghenys||1884||30-78||11th in Amer. Assn.|
Cleveland has been no-hit 15 times in franchise history, tying the Orioles for the fourth-most no-hitters thrown against in major league history. The club has been no-hit twice as the Blues, twice as the Naps and 11 times as the Indians.
Only the Giants (16), Braves (17) and Phillies and Dodgers (19 each) have been no-hit more than Cleveland.
No team has ever been no-hit three times in the same season.
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