If anyone felt a sense of deja vu washing over them on Thursday night, they could be forgiven.It was only last Aug. 30 that Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta tossed a no-hitter against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, on his way to a National League Cy Young Award. On Thursday at
If anyone felt a sense of deja vu washing over them on Thursday night, they could be forgiven.
It was only last Aug. 30 that Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta tossed a no-hitter against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, on his way to a National League Cy Young Award. On Thursday at Great American Ball Park, Arrieta was at it again, holding the Reds hitless in a 16-0 Cubs victory.
Arrieta made only nine regular-season starts between his two no-nos, six at the end of last season and three at the beginning of this one. In Major League history, only two pitchers have taken the ball fewer times in between. The Reds' Johnny Vander Meer famously became the only pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters in June 1938, and Hall of Famer Warren Spahn had only a five-start gap for the Milwaukee Braves between Sept. 16, 1960, and April 28, '61.
:: Jake Arrieta's no-hitter: April 21, 2016 ::
Here are some other facts and figures to know from Arrieta's latest big night:
• Arrieta also contributed at the plate, going 2-for-4 as part of the Cubs' 16-run, 18-hit barrage. Chicago scored multiple runs in five innings on its way to the largest margin of victory in a no-hitter in the modern era. Only the 1884 Buffalo Bisons can top that margin, having defeated Detroit 18-0 on Aug. 4 that year, in Pud Galvin's no-no.
In fact, no team since the 1938 Yankees had posted a margin of victory greater than 11 runs in a no-hitter.
• Last June 21, Arrieta took what was already a solid season to another level by shutting out the Twins. From that outing through Thursday, Arrieta owns a staggering 0.86 ERA across 24 regular-season starts and 178 innings. During that span, he has struck out 173 and walked 33, with a 0.70 WHIP, while opponents have batted a mere .150 with four home runs against him.
• Each of those 24 outings has been a quality start, which is by far the longest active streak in the Majors. The Nationals' Stephen Strasburg is next on the list, with eight in a row. The streak is also a franchise record and the longest in the Majors since the Cardinals' Bob Gibson put together 26 in a row from 1967-68, establishing the Major League record (since 1914).
• Arrieta now has 15 wins since his last loss, on July 25, 2015, against the Phillies. The only Cubs starter with a longer streak is Rick Sutcliffe, who won 16 straight from 1984-85.
• This was the 15th no-hitter in Cubs history, and Arrieta is the third Cubs pitcher to throw more than one. He joins Larry Corcoran, who had three in the 1880s, and Ken Holtzman, who did it in 1969 and '71.
• Arrieta is the 29th pitcher to throw multiple no-hitters since 1900. Only Nolan Ryan (seven), Sandy Koufax (four), Corcoran (three) Bob Feller (three) and Cy Young (three) have more than two. And out of those, only Ryan has more than Arrieta's two road no-hitters.
• Arrieta is the 12th pitcher to throw two no-hitters in either the same or consecutive seasons.
• Arrieta is the fourth Cy Young Award winner to throw a no-hitter in the following season, according to ESPN. Clayton Kershaw did it in 2014, Gibson in 1971 and Koufax in '64. Of the previous three, only Kershaw repeated as the Cy Young winner.
• When Cole Hamels no-hit the Cubs last July 25, he snapped Chicago's nearly 50-year streak without enduring one, going back to Sept. 9, 1965, against Koufax. That meant the Reds took over the longest such regular-season streak in the Majors, going back to June 23, 1971, against the Phillies' Rick Wise (Philadelphia's Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter against Cincinnati, but that was in the 2010 NL Division Series).
With Arrieta snapping Cincy's streak at 7,109 games, the Major League lead passes to the A's, who last endured a no-no at the hands of four different Orioles hurlers on July 13, 1991.
Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.