A Closer Look at the 4 One-Hitters Thrown in the Past Week of MLB Play
Though we've yet to see our first no-hitter of the season, there have already been a number of truly dominant pitching performances.
From Yu Darvish nearly throwing a perfect game in his first start of the season, to Anibal Sanchez striking out 17 against the Braves, pitching has reigned supreme in the early stages of 2013.
In the past week alone, four different pitchers allowed just one hit over nine innings of play. However, not all one-hitters are created equally.
Here are the four outings from the past week that we will take a closer look at to see who threw the most dominant one-hitter.
Jon Lester (vs. Toronto Blue Jays)
Date: May 10
Full Stat Line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 118 Pitches
Game Score: 90
After a disappointing season last year in which he went 9-14 with a career-high 4.82 ERA, Jon Lester has once again pitched like an ace here in the early parts of 2013.
Through eight starts, he's 5-0 with a 2.73 ERA and 0.987 WHIP. And he was at his best against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
Granted this is a struggling Blue Jays team, but they still have a dangerous collection of sluggers led by Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista.
Lester retired the first 17 batters he faced before allowing a clean double down the left-field line to Maicer Izturis, who is 7-for-24 with four doubles in his career against Lester.
Aside from that hit, the Blue Jays never really came close to recording another knock. No defensive web gems were required in this one and Lester finished things strong with two of his five strikeouts coming in the ninth.
Chris Sale (vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Date: May 12
Full Stat Line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 98 Pitches
Game Score: 92
Remove a April 13 start where he allowed eight runs in 4.1 innings of work, and Chris Sale has a 1.73 ERA over his other seven starts. It is clear why he remains one of the most overpowering young pitchers in the game today.
As good as he was last season, his one-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday was the first shutout of his career. And it was a dominant all-around performance.
Looking to avoid a sweep at the hands of the struggling Angels, Sale retired the first 19 batters he faced before allowing a ground-ball single up the middle to Mike Trout.
Trout advanced to second on a groundout by Albert Pujols and then stole third, but Sale blew away Mark Trumbo with a 95-mph fastball to get out of the jam.
He cruised from there, inducing a fly ball to right field from Alberto Callaspo for the final out of the game. He needed just 28 pitches to record the final eight outs of the game after allowing the single to Trout.
Matt Harvey (vs. Chicago White Sox)
Date: May 7
Full Stat Line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 12 K, 105 Pitches
Game Score: 97
This one gets an asterisk, as the New York Mets wound up winning the game in the 10th inning and Harvey came away with a no-decision. Nonetheless, he threw nine innings of one-hit ball, so he's included here.
The start was just another in a long line of brilliant outings from the 24-year-old Harvey, who leads the NL with a 1.44 ERA and 0.728 WHIP.
He's also allowed just 27 hits in 56.1 innings of work, and has only allowed more than five hits in just one of his eight starts.
This was his best outing to date though, as he retired the first 20 batters of the game before allowing an infield single in the hole between shortstop and third. David Wright also made a great back-handed play on a ground ball down the line to take a hit away from Jeff Keppinger in the fourth.
But other than those two instances the White Sox never really threatened to record another hit.
Closer Bobby Parnell came on and threw a 1-2-3 top of the 10th, and Mike Baxter drove in Ike Davis with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning for the walk-off win.
Shelby Miller (vs. Colorado Rockies)
Date: May 10
Full Stat Line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 13 K, 113 Pitches
Game Score: 98
The St. Louis Cardinals were content letting Kyle Lohse walk in free agency due to the fact that Shelby Miller was ready to take over a spot in the rotation.
Everyone knew he was a top prospect capable of being a future ace, but I don't think anyone expected him to be quite this good right out of the box.
Through seven starts, the 22-year-old is 5-2 with a 1.58 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 45.2 innings of work. He's not only the NL Rookie of the Year front-runner, but also a legitimate Cy Young candidate.
His best start to date came Friday, when he dominated a potent Rockies offense by striking out a career-high 13 and recording his first shutout.
Things got off to a tough start when he allowed a leadoff single to Eric Young Jr. to start the game, but that would be all the Rockies could muster.
Young stole second, but Miller induced a pop-up from Dexter Fowler and then struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki to get out of the jam.
The right-hander struck out the side in the fourth, and closed out the game with back-to-back outs, appropriately fanning Young to finish things out.
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