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Want To Throw A No-Hitter? Play The Rays Often

Not that any team should want to move into the ultra-competitive A.L. East, but if I were the Mets, I might want to consider it just to up my odds of ever pitching a no-hitter. 

Sunday, Brandon Morrow came within an Evan Longoria-slapper in the 9th from pitching a no-hitter against the Rays, just the latest in a long line of poor hitting affairs for Tampa.

The Rays have, in fact, been held to two or fewer hits seven times in 2010. That's as many as any two teams save the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners combined. As with any statistical anomaly, one is tempted to say that this is random chance, but the legitimate question remains: Are the Rays unusually prone to the no-hitter?

SI's Tim Marchman cautiously says yes.  The big reasons, their "take-and-rake" mentality for hits and their home stadium, which is "possibly the worst in baseball for the base hit."  To drive that last point home, five of those seven low-hit ballgames have been in Tampa.

Of course, we're still talking about the team with the 2nd-best record in baseball.  If they get shut down every so often, it doesn't seem to be that big a deal. Though if they want to add one more reason to the pile on why they need a new stadium, the embarrassment of being the most likely team to get no-hit helps.