After 8,000, a mark the Mets will reach on Friday in Miami unless Johan Santana can do the unthinkable, the next target for futility would not be 9,000 but 8,945.
Why? That’s the number of games in which the Philadelphia Phillies went without a no-hitter between May 3, 1906 and June 21, 1964 – for 58 years, 1 month, 18 days.
The 8,945-game-long streak began one game after Phillies’ southpaw Johnny Lush threw a 6-0 no-hitter against the Brooklyn Superbas. It ended at Shea Stadium, when Jim Bunning threw a 6-0 perfect game against the Mets during a Father’s Day doubleheader at Shea.
That mark would be reached late in the 2018 season, when the Mets will likely be wearing something akin to those lame Mercury Mets jerseys.