No-hitters are random by nature (and not cause they hate ya). Hacky hurlers like Edwin Jackson, Bud Smith, Philip Humber and Bobo Holloman(!) have channeled that magic for a night while Hall of Famers like Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez have not. The Cubs, long associated with ineptitude, managed to make it 50 years between being no-hit until Cole Hamels finally got them this season. The Dodgers, who are in first place, have been no-hit twice in nine days. No Padres pitcher has ever thrown a no-hitter in the team’s 47 seasons.
If there was a point to that paragraph, it is this: because of the randomness, rarely do we see what can be defined as a “clutch” no-hitter. Don Larsen and Roy Halladay throwing postseason no-nos certainly fall in that category, as does Mike Scott’s no-hitter to clinch the 1986 NL West title for the Astros. On Sunday, Jake Arrieta entered that rarefied air.