The Mets will send knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (2-0, 2.84) against Anibal ``no-hit’’ Sanchez (5-2, 2.89) tonight as the Florida Marlins begins a three game series at Citi Field.
As you astute fans know, the Mets have never had a no-hitter. Not from Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan or Dwight Gooden. Of course, they pitched one (or in Ryan's case seven) when they left the Mets. Why not tonight from Dickey? Leave it to the Mets to get a no-no from an obscure pitcher. Dickey pitched a one-hitetr for Triple A Buffalo April 29. He gave up a leadoff hit before retiring the next 27 batters.
Other knuckleballers of note who have thrown no-hitters: Hoyt Wilhelm, Phil Niekro, Warren Spahn and Virgil Trucks.
Burt Hooton used a knuckle curve to throw a no-hitter.
Sanchez was obtained by the Marlins in the deal that sent Josh Beckett to the Red Sox after the 2005 season. On Sept. 6, 2006, Sanchez became the 19th rookie in MLB history to throw a no-hitter when he beat Arizona, 2-0.
It was the first no-hiiter since Randy Johnson’s perfect game on May 18,2004 and ended the longest no-hit drought in Major League history. Now, of course, we get one every other day. Or so it seems. Sanchez had some elbow woes but apparently is back to top form. He beat the first-place Braves in his last start.