There are just 10 days left until pitchers and catchers report for the New York Mets’ 50th spring training session, and somewhere in there could be the battery that teams up for the club’s first ever no-hitter.
Two of the Mets probable starters came close last year.
On June 10, Jonathon Niese yielded just one hit in a 3-0 win over the San Diego Padres for the Mets 34th one-hitter, giving up just a second-inning double to Chris Denorfia.
On Aug. 13, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey looked destined to throw the Mets’ first no-no, dominating the Philadelphia Phillies into the sixth inning. But opposing picher Cole Hamels stood in his way, etching out a sixth-inning single to give him the Mets’ 35th one-hitter.
Mike Pelfrey showed some dominating stuff last year, so he could surprise us. Or it could be newcomers Chris Capuano or Chris Young.
But this has to happen in our 50th season. It’s time.