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Zack Greinke said earlier this year that throwing a no-hitter would be a “hassle” but his mindset changed when he actually had a shot at it. 

By Dan Gartland
September 26, 2019

Changing his tune

Somehow, despite being one of the best pitchers of his generation, Zack Greinke has never thrown a no-hitter. He wasn’t particularly interested in throwing one, either. 

Back in June, before the Diamondbacks traded him to Houston, Grienke was asked if he was disappointed after his no-hit bid was broken up in the ninth. 

“It’d probably be more of a hassle than anything,” he told reporters. “A bunch of nonsense comes with it. I don’t think about no-hitters, ever.”

Well, Greinke came even closer to throwing a no-hitter last night in Seattle. He was incredibly dominant through the first eight innings before a line drive from Austin Nola dropped in front of a diving Jake Marisnick. 

The look on Greinke’s face after the ball hit the ground was impossible to parse. He wasn’t disappointed, he wasn’t relieved. He just appeared to be thinking “That is a hit.”

But Greinke did concede after the game that it would have been neat to accomplish something that has only been done 303 times before. 

“There is some hassle to it, but I think I would have liked to have done it,” Greinke said.

“It would have been nice,” he added. “Felt good out there and then the last couple of innings I guess might not have been as sharp there.”

Clearly you can tell he was very emotional. 

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