Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Luis Garcia was dealing on the mound against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. The 25-year-old was pitching so well that he had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning, but it was eventually broken up.
Some players beat themselves up after missing out on a chance at history, but not Garcia. Instead, he told reporters after the game that the no-hitter didn't even cross his mind because "every time I think of things like that, I think s—t happens."
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You can't blame Garcia for not wanting to jinx himself by blocking the no-hitter out of his mind. After all, it's an unwritten baseball rule for teams not to talk about no-hitters and perfect games as they're happening out of superstition.
Even though Garcia wasn't given the victory for his efforts, it was the showing he needed after back-to-back losses in his previous two starts. He's now 3-3 in his nine starts in 2022, pitching to a 3.14 ERA, 1.068 WHIP and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
The 25-year-old righty was one of the Astros' best pitchers last season when he finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting. His outing against the Mariners showed that he could get back to that level, which is exactly what Houston needs going forward.
Strong pitching from Garcia and the rest of the rotation will help Houston return to the World Series for the fourth time since 2017. The Astros currently have the third-best 2022 championship odds (+800) on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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