List of New York Mets no-hitters
The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball franchise based in the New York City borough of Queens. Formed in 1962, they play in the National League East division. The Mets had gone 8,019 games before their first no-hitter, which was the most by any MLB team, before Johan Santana threw one on June 1, 2012 against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Several notable Mets pitchers, including Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone went on to hurl no-hitters after leaving the team. A no-hitter is officially recognized by Major League Baseball only "when a pitcher (or pitchers) allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings. In a no-hit game, a batter may reach base via a walk, an error, a hit by pitch, a passed ball or wild pitch on strike three, or catcher's interference." No-hitters of less than nine complete innings were previously recognized by the league as official; however, several rule alterations in 1991 changed the rule to its current form. Only one team in Major League Baseball, the San Diego Padres, has never had a pitcher accomplish the feat.
No perfect games, a special subcategory of no-hitter, have been thrown in Mets history. Tom Seaver came the closest on July 9, 1969 when he threw 8 1⁄3 perfect innings against the Chicago Cubs before rookie backup outfielder Jimmy Qualls lined a clean single to left field, breaking up Seaver's perfect game. As defined by Major League Baseball, "in a perfect game, no batter reaches any base during the course of the game."
List of no-hitters in Mets history
|¶||Indicates a perfect game|
|£||Pitcher was left-handed|
|*||Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum|
|1||June 1, 2012||Santana, JohanJohan Santana£||8–0||5||St. Louis Cardinals||Thole, JoshJosh Thole||Cederstrom, GaryGary Cederstrom||Collins, TerryTerry Collins||
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