The first no-hitter of the MLB season is quite an accomplishment, and many fans take sides on which player will be the first to gain the honor.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander, Homer Bailey, became 2013’s first no-hitter pitcher. Monday night Bailey takes the mound for the first time since his marvelous game just six days ago against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Bailey would gladly join the ranks of Vander Meer as the only major league pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters. Bailey does in fact acknowledge that this is highly unlikely and there’s a reason no pitcher has accomplished the feat since Meer pulled it off in 1938.
“The first guy will probably get a hit, and that will be the end of it,” says Bailey.
He may in fact be right. The Brewers leadoff hitter, Norichika Aoki has been swinging the bat very well as of late. He’s managed to gain a hit in seven straight games while boasting a .424 batting average.
Against the Brewers, Bailey has not had a great performance. He’s 1-6 with a 6.00 ERA in 12 starts. In his last outing versus the Brewers on June 15, Bailey allowed six runs and eight hits in seven innings accessed to him during a 6-0 loss.
The Brewers would like to repeat that performance Monday night as they haven’t been on the winning track recently. They’ve lost nine of their last 12 and find themselves in the last place position in the NL Central.
Hoping to get an elusive win under their belt, the Brewers will send out Kyle Lohse to take on the Reds.
Lohse has been one of the bright spots for the Brewers during their slide. In his last six starts he’s 3-0 with a 1.72 ERA. After a tough start to the season, Lohse seems to be on track to aid the Brewers in coming out on top against the Reds.
A win for the Brewers would mean a great deal, but it would mean even more for the Reds. The Reds find themselves in third place in their division trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals by 3.5 games. Every win is crucial if they want to find themselves atop the division before the All-Star break.