Ranking Homer Bailey and All 7 No-Hitters of 2012 MLB Season by Difficulty

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Ranking Homer Bailey and All 7 No-Hitters of 2012 MLB Season by Difficulty
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Here's a fun stat for you baseball geeks out there: Half of the no-hitters ever thrown in Major League Baseball history have been thrown in 2012.

OK, fine. That's not actually true. 

...But it sure seems that way.

On Friday night in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati Reds right-hander Homer Bailey held the Pirates hitless to notch the 15th no-hitter in Reds franchise history and the first since Tom Browning's perfect game in 1988.

Bailey's no-no against the Pirates is the seventh no-hitter thrown this season. According to the Associated Press, that ties the modern record that was set in 1990 and matched in 1991. 

The no-hitters this year have come in all shapes and sizes, to boot. We've seen three perfect games, a combined no-hitter and the very first no-hitter in the history of the New York Mets.

But here's a fun question: Of this year's seven no-hitters, which one was the hardest to achieve?

Let's count 'em down.

Note: Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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