The Rockies have seen this before. Not to this extent, but to a similar extent.
Clayton Kershaw was on the mound when Michael Cuddyer’s 27-game hitting streak came to a screeching halt last season. I wrote about it here; the best pitcher in baseball ended the longest hitting streak in baseball.
So the Rockies know it’s a a problem when Kershaw is on his game. But the Cuddyer-hitting-streak game was merely a warmup for the left-hander’s masterpiece on Wednesday. He no-hit the Rockies.
But he didn’t simply no-hit the Rockies. He struck them out 15 times. He walked none. He looked like my dad pitching to my Little League team, if my dad didn’t like kids, and he wanted to embarrass them.
This seems like a decent time to remind everyone the Rockies selected Greg Reynolds with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 MLB draft. Of the next six pitchers off the board, three were Tim Lincecum, Max Scherzer and, yes, Kershaw.
I wrote last season that Kershaw made the Rockies look like they were batting in the dark.
On Wednesday, they were batting in the dark without a bat, or a hit.