Another No-Hitter: Garza Brings 1st No-No To Tampa Bay

Ron JohnsonContributor IJuly 26, 2010

ST PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 26:  Pitcher Matt Garza #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates his no hitter against the Detroit Tigers during the game at Tropicana Field on July 26, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tampa Bay beat Detroit 5-0.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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I've gone through everyone of the Chinese Calendars i could find online, and not one of them had this as being the Year of the Pitcher; but its just that.

Matt Garza has become another one of the success stories of this year.

The only blemish: a 2nd inning walk to Brandon Boesch. Garza could not be touched.

Little did I know, this isn't even the record for No-Hitters in a season for the MLB.

In 1991, 7 no-hitters were compiled.  4 in the American League and 3 in the National.  Granted, that season saw two of those hitters at the result of combined efforts from starters and relievers.

Nonetheless, this year has seen rookie pitchers dominant, veterans prove how good they could really be, and proving walks don't always result in failure (Edwin Jackson's no-no with 8 walks).

So why is this so?

Can it be because the players are finally starting to get off the juice and HGH?

Or is it because the young talent is starting to emerge over the declining play of timeless veterans?

Other success stories include the breakout play of Adam Wainwright and Josh Johnson in the NL, both pushing into the second half of the season with sub 2 era's.

Ubaldo Jimenez and Roy Halladay are also going to be up for Cy Young votes.

But a darkhorse candidate for winning both the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year in the NL, is the San Diego Padres standout, Mat Latos.  

Latos has quietly recorded 11 wins for a stacked Padres rotation, with 106 K's and only 30 BB's.  The limited walks has helped result in a WHIP of only 0.99.

In addition, in the last 10 games, Latos is 8-1 with only 1 ND against the Marlins, going 5.2 IP with only 1 er, but 4 of his 30 BB's came in this one game.

The Padres, and the rest of the majors, will see the era less dominated by power hitting, but by smarter and more talented pitching.