Curiously, one will not find much about being one out from a no-hitter in the standard headlines, but on the field, Atlanta Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb nearly made history on Sunday afternoon. Newcomb, rostered in roughly 80 percent of ESPN standard leagues, simply needed to retire Los Angeles Dodgers utility option Chris Taylor to complete the gem, but alas, two pitches after a third strike was not called on a pitch that seemed to deserve it, Taylor swatted a single into left field. It falls just short of history, but Newcomb certainly became noticed.
Let us deal with Newcomb the fantasy option here because he can be a bit hard to trust. That does not mean we should ignore him and his relevant statistics, for Newcomb's body of work this season has been impressive -- a mere 25 pitchers rank better on the Player Rater. What holds Newcomb and so many pitchers back is the lack of control. Sunday might seem like a breakthrough, as he issued only one walk, but I remain skeptical. Newcomb had walked four or more in three of his previous four outings. He still boasts a 1.20 WHIP on the season, but it seems like a mirage thanks to the .241 BABIP.