Beginning of this season, I did assume that Corbin Burnes was going to pitch a no-hitter eventually. He came very close in April, if I recall correctly. Before the season, he was my Cy Young pick, and while that is looking a little less likely, he's still had an excellent season with some great control and velocity.
Last night, he finally notched his no-hitter. It took a little help from Josh Hader, but it happened, and it was pretty cool.
First of all, it saddens me that this is the third no-no this year that's come at the expense of the Cleveland Indians. While they're not a bad team per se, the fact that their offense has been stymied now the third time, despite Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes' best efforts, is very telling, and hopefully it's a habit that can be broken.
But also, this is the ninth no-hitter of the season, and the second combined no-hitter of the season. Again, it's the 10th if you count Bumgarner's 7-inning one. And we were very close to getting another 7-inning one with Keegan Akin last night, but...then the Blue Jays slammed the hell out of him and scored 11 runs in an inning. I'll settle for the one.
Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader are among the best pitchers in the game right now, last night they put on a show. Hopefully it's a prelude to a strong postseason for both of them.