Brewers 2022 Bold Prediction #5: Brewers throw a perfect game
Last year I went bold and called for a no-hitter. On September 11th, it happened as Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader combined for a no-hitter, the franchise’s first since Juan Nieves in 1987, breaking a 34 year stretch between no-nos.
The success on that bold prediction has further emboldened me.
This year, I’m kicking it up a notch from predicting a no-hitter to predicting a perfect game. That’s right, a perfecto!
There have been 23 perfect games in MLB history. The most recent came in 2012 when Felix Hernandez of the Mariners tossed one. There were somehow three perfect games that season with Matt Cain and Philip Humber throwing the other two.
We’ve gone almost a decade now between perfect games in MLB, the longest such streak since 1968-81 where there was a 13 year drought from Catfish Hunter’s perfecto in 1968 to Len Barker’s in 1981.
The Brewers have probably the best chance of any organization to throw one this season with this rotation as strong as it is and filled with Cy Young candidates as stated in bold prediction #1.
After breaking a franchise drought that lasted a long time last year, perhaps this year the Brewers will break a long MLB drought. The Big 3 of Burnes, Woodruff, and Peralta may be the popular candidates, but it could come from anywhere. Remember, Adrian Houser was the one who broke the Brewers complete game drought last year.
All it takes is one game with everything working and a whole bunch of luck for a perfect game to come to fruition. You don’t have to be an all-time ace to throw one. After all, Philip Humber and Dallas Braden have thrown perfect games just as often as all-time greats Randy Johnson and Roy Halladay.
So, just like last year in which I did not predict which specific pitcher would throw a no-hitter, I will not predict which specific pitcher will throw a perfecto this year. I may be bold, but I’m not crazy.
Throwing a no-hitter is far more common than a perfect game, and predicting when one will happen or who exactly will throw it is pretty much impossible. But I’ll throw it out there. If there’s one pitching staff to bet one to throw one this year, it’s the Brewers.
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The 2022 season is going to be fascinating and a fun one to watch for Brewers fans. Keep these bold predictions in mind as we go through the season as some of them just might come true when we get to the end of 162 games.