In a season that was lost before it even got started, the Miami Marlins took the field on Sunday afternoon against the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers in hopes to just go out quietly and end the season with no one getting hurt.
Henderson Alvarez, however, had a different idea.
Alvarez was plagued with injuries this season mostly with shoulder inflammation. Like other Marlins’ starters, he worked his way back and had a decent season, but not enough for the Marlins to make any kind of impact in a divisional or Wild Card race. Alvarez faced a less than average Tigers’ lineup but still did something amazing: he pitched a no-hitter.
The young right-hander became the fifth Marlins’ pitcher to achieve the feat, with the last Marlins pitcher to throw a no-hitter, Anibal Sanchez, looking on almost fittingly.
The no-hitter is an extremely positive end to a 100-loss season. Miami is not going down in history for doing anything special, but a no-hitter on the last day of the season is something to perk your ears about if you are a fan of the team. This season was awful to say the least, but it gives the team some steam heading into 2014. You now have to wonder if Alvarez is for real, as well as the other pitchers in the rotation.
There is some glimmer of hope for the Marlins. There is no doubt that next season will be slightly better than this one.