Few can forget Jarred Cosart‘s MLB debut for the Houston Astros. On July 12, Cosart took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Rays. Although he was unable to secure his place in history, he did finish the game with a line of 8.0 innings pitched and a minuscule two hits.
Cosart’s spring had been going average at best until he took the mound against the Washington Nationals on Mar. 19. But it was clear from the get-go that he had very similar stuff to that night almost eight months ago. The right-handed youngster hurled 5.0 innings of perfect baseball, striking out nine of the 15 batters he faced.
Sure, a Spring Training game isn’t anything special, but that shouldn’t stop Astros fans from being incredibly stoked about this performance. If nothing else, it should serve as a stalwart reminder that when Cosart is on his game, he is unhittable, even by the best hitters in the league.
Don’t think that this was against a bunch of Class-A, split squad scrubs. The Nationals sent out their A-team lineup, populating it with the likes of Jason Werth, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman. No matter who faced Cosart, they suffered the same fate.
Along with the zero hits and nine strikeouts came another equally amazing number — no walks.
Cosart’s biggest problem thus far into his career has been walks. So, essentially, this game serves as a beacon for what a Cosart who is in perfect form looks like. And obviously it couldn’t look any better.
Don’t be surprised to see Cosart flirt with no-hitters frequently in the majors. Clearly he has the stuff to do it.