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Will a MLB pitcher throw a perfect game in 2018?

In Major League Baseball history, there have been just 299 no hitters ever thrown. That averages to approximately 2 a season. The last one was pitched by Sean Manaea of the Oakland A's on April 21, 2018.

Statistically speaking, we should expect another no hitter by the end of the 2018 season.

But perfect games are a whole different animal. To qualify for this honor, a team must put away every single batter through nine innings. No walks, men on base due to errors or hit batsmen allowed.

To date, the sport has witnesses only a vanishingly small number of perfect games. As MLB.com colorfully explains:

There have been just 23 such outings among the hundreds of thousands of big league games played since Rutherford B. Hayes was in the White House.

That said, there have been 6 perfect games since 2009, with 3 of them coming in 2012 alone!

And there's plenty of awesome pitching talent playing in 2018, including Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, and Max Scherzer.

Furthermore, a 538 analysis suggests that baseball's becoming a more pitcher-friendly game. The fans might not love a slower pace, but this trend should increase our chances of seeing a perfect game soon. 538 explains:

The average delay between pitches has jumped a full second. It’s all part of a decadelong trend toward more sluggish play, and there’s an alarming reason baseball’s pace problem is likely to get even worse going forward: Slowing down helps pitchers throw faster.

Question resolves positive if a MLB pitcher throws a perfect game in 2018 (either in the regular season or in the post season). Question closes retroactively at 1 hour before the start of a game in which this occurs, if it does.

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