The 2012 baseball season was littered with no-hitters, with the final one coming on September 28 in Pittsburgh courtesy of Homer Bailey.
We hadn’t seen a no-hitter since until Tuesday night. It was Bailey that was at it again.
The 27-year-old right-hander carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Giants before issuing a leadoff walk to Gregor Blanco. Losing the perfecto clearly didn’t faze Bailey, as he went on to set down the next nine in a row to complete the no-no. He struck out nine on the night and became the 28th pitcher in MLB history to toss at least two no-hitters.
Bailey was still hitting 96-97 mph on the radar gun in the ninth inning, and when you combine that with a wipeout slider, it’s not difficult to see why the Texan can be simply dominant when he’s on. He has a fantastic 111/26 K/BB ratio over 111 innings this season, as well as a nifty 1.06 WHIP. Bailey’s 3.57 ERA is good but not great, a reflection of how he can be hit or miss. He’s allowed one or fewer runs six times but has also given up four or more on six occasions and six or more three times.
Despite some ups and downs, there’s no doubt that Bailey has the tools to go on a terrific run. The Reds would surely welcome it with Johnny Cueto on the shelf for a while.
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Feldman Packs Bags for Baltimore
Most figured Ricky Nolasco would be the first starter traded to a contender. Not so, as the Orioles attempted to bolster their rotation with the addition of Scott Feldman on Tuesday.
Feldman was up-and-down for the Rangers the last few seasons while shifting back-and-forth from the rotation to the bullpen, but he found life in the National League pleasing, as he put up a 3.46 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 67/25 K/BB ratio over 91 innings for the Cubs.
In the AL East and at hitter-friendly Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Feldman’s margin for error shrinks, though his control and groundball tendencies certainly help. I still think he’s a mixed league option, but probably a borderline one depending on the depth of your league.
In exchange for Feldman, the Cubs received Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop, two nice arms that have disappointed this season and, in Arrieta’s case, disappointed for a while now. Strop has joined the big league bullpen and, if he gets straightened out in a hurry, could be an option for the ninth inning if Kevin Gregg is traded. Arrieta will report to Triple-A Iowa but figures to get a shot in the rotation eventually. Carlos Villanueva will take Feldman’s rotation spot after he gets sufficiently stretched out.
Willingham to Go Under the Knife
Josh Willingham has had issues with his left knee throughout the season. On Tuesday afternoon he was finally placed on the disabled list. On Tuesday evening it was announced that he would undergo arthroscopic surgery and be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.
The surgery, which will take place on Wednesday, will be to repair a medial meniscus tear in the knee. Willingham, who is also dealing with a bone bruise, has had both knees scoped in the past.
"We both put our heads together and decided what was best," Willingham told MLB.com. "We knew that we had to have my knee cleaned up at some point, probably at the end of the year. So it made sense with the [two to four weeks it takes] the bone bruise to heal. So we made the decision that way."
The Twins did get Aaron Hicks back from the disabled list Tuesday, and he’ll go back to being the everyday center fielder. Oswaldo Arcia and Chris Parmelee will handle the corner outfield spots while Hammer is on the shelf.
National League Quick Hits: Heath Bell has been re-inserted into the Diamondbacks’ closer role as J.J. Putz rebuilds his arm strength ... Dexter Fowler’s right wrist soreness has sent him to the disabled list ... Shaun Marcum received an MRI on his upper back Tuesday and is questionable for his next start ... Jeremy Hefner tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the D’Backs Tuesday, lowering his ERA to 3.54 ... Wily Peralta left Tuesday’s outing with a hamstring injury but thinks he'll be ready for his next start ... B.J. Upton thinks he'll be back in the lineup Wednesday after exiting Tuesday with forearm spasms ... Kyle Kendrick has been cleared to start on Saturday after passing all concussion tests ... Matt Holliday was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a stiff neck/back ... A.J. Burnett (calf) could rejoin the rotation on July 7 or 8 if he feels good enough to avoid a rehab assignment ... Ryan Braun (hand) isn’t expected back prior to the All-Star break ... The Dodgers acquired Carlos Marmol from the Cubs in exchange for Matt Guerrier. Marmol will be sent to the minors for now ... Everth Cabrera (hamstring) could return from the disabled list Thursday ... Jedd Gyorko (groin) is likely about a week away from a return ... D’Backs GM Kevin Towers on Tuesday wouldn’t dismiss the possibility of Archie Bradley getting a call-up this season ...
American League Quick Hits: David Price struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings in his return from the disabled list Tuesday ... Hiroki Kuroda will miss Friday’s start due to a sore left hip flexor but is expected to avoid the DL ... Jarrod Parker (hamstring) is questionable for his start Thursday. Sonny Gray would be his replacement ... Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) will return to the Tigers' rotation on Saturday ... John Lackey allowed one run over eight innings against the Padres Tuesday, lowering his ERA to 2.81 ... Kendrys Morales went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and six RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rangers ... Jesse Crain was unable to pitch Tuesday due to tightness in his pitching shoulder ... Miguel Cabrera left Tuesday's game due to lower back tightness but expects to play Wednesday ... The Blue Jays designated Chien-Ming Wang for assignment, recalling Todd Redmond to take his rotation spot ... John Jaso (hand) is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday ... Alex Cobb (concussion) played catch from 90 feet on Tuesday ... Joakim Soria (elbow) could be activated from the disabled list this weekend ... Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Tuesday that Tom Wilhelmsen was close to getting his closer job back ... Brett Myers will be shut down for 3-5 days after feeling more discomfort in his right elbow ... Evan Longoria (foot) had two hits in his return to the lineup Tuesday ... Stephen Drew (hamstring) is unlikely to play at all in Boston's three-game series versus the Padres ... Paul Konerko (back) was hitless in his return to action Tuesday ...