1. Someone will throw a no-hitter in the postseason.
There have been just two postseason no-hitters in baseball’s illustrious history — Don Larsen in 1956 and Roy Halladay in 2010. It’s an incredibly rare feat, but this might be the year we get another one. Seven no-hitters were thrown in the regular season, including three by pitchers who will be participating in the postseason. Cole Hamels, Jake Arrieta, and Mike Fiers all tossed no-nos earlier this year. What’s more, four of the teams in the postseason — the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers — have already been no-hit this season. The Mets and Dodgers were no-hit twice.
There is no shortage of power arms capable of throwing a no-hitter in this year’s postseason crop. Clayton Kershaw, Arrieta, Jacob deGrom, and Gerrit Cole all possess the power stuff to get through a lineup without allowing a hit. Then there’s David Price, Hamels, and Dallas Keuchel to consider. Even Marco Estrada has dabbled with perfection this year. Only the Toronto Blue Jays stand out as an offensive juggernaut unlikely to be no-hit. My gut tells me we will see or at least come close to seeing a no-hitter before the end of this playoff session. Would there be any better way for Clayton Kershaw to vanquish his well-documented playoff demons than with the third postseason no-hitter in baseball history? I think not.