Yu Darvish has never been closer to writing himself into baseball's record books.
The Rangers ace lost his bid at a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning yesterday, after David Ortiz hit a single through the Rangers shift into right field. This is the second time that Darvish has lost a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth, with the first coming on April 2 of last year against the Astros when he lost his perfect game.
Controversy surrounds on whether Darvish really lost his no-hitter in the ninth inning. In the seventh, Ortiz lifted a fly ball into medium right field that neither right fielder Alex Rios nor second baseman Rougned Odor could handle, ending Darvish's perfect game. Official scorer Steve Weller charged Rios with an error, claiming that the fly ball should have been caught by the right fielder, therefore keeping Darvish's no-hitter alive. Regardless of weather Ortiz is given another hit through review, let's take a look at what Darvish has done in flirting with no-hitters over his career.
If the error stands, this would be the fourth time that Darvish has gone 8+ innings and allowed only one hit. That currently stands tied for fifteenth place among Major Leaguers since 1914, with the leader being Nolan Ryan with 16. Of the pitchers whom have tossed 8.2 innings or more while only allowing one hit, Darvish's two are tied for sixty-fourth place.
Darvish will throw a no-hitter one day. He's got the stuff, the control, and the velocity to do it. It could happen in his next start, it could happen a few years from now. Regardless, there is no doubt in my mind on wether Yu Darvish will throw a no-hitter. The Rangers got themselves a very good pitcher in Darvish a few years back when they signed him before the 2012 season. One that may be no-hitter potential.