On Friday, Wade Miley gave Major League Baseball another reason to move the mound back after recording the fourth no-hitter of 2021. Miley’s hitless performance was the second in three days following John Means’ no-no on Tuesday.
In 2019, there were a total of four no-hitters throughout the entire season. Baseball has reached four in the first five weeks of the 2021 campaign. At this rate, the league is on pace for 21 no-hitters this year.
Most likely, there will not be 21 hitters in 2021, but if this trend continues, Rob Manfred will probably elect to move the mound back for the playoffs…
Wade Miley Starts Perfect
Miley was fantastic on Friday night against the Indians. This was the second time in the past month that Cleveland has been on the wrong end of a no-hitter.
The Reds bested the Indians by a total of 3-0. This was the first no-no for Cincinnati since Homer Bailey accomplished it in 2013.
Miley encountered adversity before he took the mound on Friday. Rain in Cleveland delayed the game for 83 minutes before he was able to toe the rubber. The southpaw was perfect through five innings, but he walked Cesar Hernandez.
Miley did not get flustered once perfection disappeared when a throwing error cost him his perfect game in the sixth inning. After finishing the sixth, he knew perfection had disappeared when he returned to the dugout, but the no-hitter was still in sight.
The Finals Nine Outs
Wade Miley is a character, but he was emotionless in the dugout on Friday night. Although, that was not his choice.
Nobody ventured over to the pitcher in between innings because of how his night was unraveling. Miley looked locked in on the bench in between innings, but he would have liked a few players to come ask him about something other than pitching.
In the postgame press conference, Miley was questioned about what it was like when he was not pitching. His response was one of the best this season.
“All my buddies left me. I don’t like that. I don’t like thinking about pitching. I want to talk about something else, talk about fishing, talk about hitting. There was nobody to talk to.”
If you ever watch Reds’ games, it’s apparent that Miley is the team’s centerpiece. The 34-year-old is a character, and he is loved by the entire organization for his tremendous personality.
In the last inning, Miley focused on off-speed pitches as he did all night to finish off the 309th no-hitter in baseball history. He sat down Rene Rivera on a fly ball to left field.
His final strikeout of the night came against Cesar Hernandez for out 26. He completed the job against Jordan Luplow on a grounder to third base.
Miley, who tops out at 88.9 mph on his cutter, according to Baseball Savant, was terrific on the bump. He threw a no-hitter without overpowering speed, which is a rarity in MLB.
Indians’ manager Terry Francona said,
“He touched 90 mph once tonight, but he put on a clinic. I mean, he cut the ball in on the righties, threw a changeup, threw a four-seamer in; he just went back and forth.”
Does Wade Miley or His Son Deserve Credit for the No-No?
Miley is the father of a four-year-old boy named Jeb. Before the game, Jeb talked his dad into wearing a temporary Hulk tattoo on his left forearm. The pitcher credited his son for his success on the night.
He figured that the Hulk tattoo gave him a little extra muscle against the Indians. No matter how he did it, Miley’s name will forever be etched in baseball history.
Tanner Kern is a writer for Knup Sports and the Sports 2.0 Network. He is the host of Between the Lines, the official show of Baseball Spotlight, and the main contributor for the website. Connect with Tanner on IG @tannerkern and Twitter @tannerkern_.