During nine innings of Friday’s no-hit baseball, in which five different pitchers pitched a total of 159 pitches, there was one constant for the Mets.
The man behind the plate.
James McCann kept calling the right pitches at the right time, deftly working with these different guns to help them navigate the dangerous Phillies lineup to complete the franchise’s second no-hitter.
“I’m very proud of it,” he said after the Mets’ historic 3-0 win in front of 32,416 adoring fans at Citi Field. “You’re on the same page with a guy all night. Trying to resonate with a lot of people is definitely something special to share with so many people.”
He later added, “It’s something that will go down in history forever.”
It was the second no-hitter McCann has participated in in his nine-year big league career, and it was very different from the first. This no-no was thrown by a pitcher, Lucas Giolito, in front of no fans at guaranteed rate field on August 25, 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starter Tylor Megill lasted just five innings in that masterpiece, the 17th combined no-hitter in MLB history. Four helpers – Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz – followed. The results were all the same: zero hits against a batting order featuring the likes of Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and JT Realmuto. And this time fans were in the stands, over 30,000 of them pulling hard to watch the Mets throw the unorthodox no-hitter against one of their main rivals and explode with every out recorded in the final innings.
“Taking a lineup like this down, some big time hitters, you can’t say enough good things about these guys pitching tonight,” McCann said. “Shoot, a shutout is special, but a no-hitter against that lineup, that’s really special.”
McCann didn’t notice the no-hitter until the sixth inning, and the Mets had twice gone through the Phillies’ lineup without conceding a hit. Of the four assists, only Diaz knew there was a no-hitter before throwing his first pitch.
“I didn’t want to fucking say anything when these guys came in or told them,” McCann said.
That decision clearly worked for the Mets. Their catcher was in complete control Friday night and the pitchers followed his lead.
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