The history of baseball in 2021 is presented in the form of a big zero.
That’s because, throughout this point in the MLB season, seven no-hitters have been thrown, setting up baseball to break the record for most pitched in a season.
While many teams and pitchers are happy to have their names etched in the history books, Cleveland, the Mariners and Rangers sit dangerously close to the brink of unwanted recognition, with all three teams already hitless twice in 2021. With four Full months of there’s still a lot to play for, there’s a decent chance one of the two teams could set a record for no-hitters thrown against them in a season.
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How many no-hitters have been thrown in 2021?
So far in 2021, there have been seven no-hitters:
- The Padres’ Joe Musgrove started the no-no season on April 9 against the Rangers.
- White Sox starter Carlos Rodon defeated division rival Cleveland on April 14.
- Baltimore pitcher John Means did not hit the Mariners on May 5.
- Reds starter Wade Miley wrote his name in the history books with the second no-hitter of the season against Cleveland on May 7.
- The Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull hitless in Seattle on May 18, the second time the Mariners have been hitless this season.
- Corey Kluber of the Yankees hitless in Texas the following night, May 19, the second time the Rangers have been hitless this season.
- After a brief respite, Cubs pitchers Zach Davies, Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin and Craig Kimbrel combined to throw a no-no, tying the MLB record.
The MLB record for no-hitters in a season (since 1900) is seven, which has now happened five times: 1990, 1991, 2012, 2015, and 2021.
To make this year’s no-hitters more impressive, Musgrove, Rodon and Kluber were one bat away from perfect games. Musgrove and Rodon hit batters (Rodon in the ninth) and Kluber walked a batter.
There may be several reasons why there have been so many no-hitters so early in the season:
– Changes in baseball could be the hottest reason, with pitchers ( and MLB ) recognizing that certain changes have affected the flight of the ball, leading to fewer home runs and a more level playing field for pitchers.
– Offensive ideologies that continue to value home run or bankruptcy approaches at the plate and devalue contact, which, to be fair, is backed by statistics. Still, the batting average in MLB is exceptionally low, and that’s not a great sign for offenses to keep going.
– Pitchers are getting more and more obnoxious, even if the seven no-nos pitched so far haven’t been pitchers with the best “stuff.”
Most no-hitters in a single MLB season
If things continue as they are, we will see the story during the 2021 season.
The record for no-hitters thrown in a season is seven, a number that has been recorded five times in MLB history – in 1990, 1991, 2012, 2015, and now, 2021.
Before the modern era (1900), there were eight no-hitters in the 1884 season.
Most no-hitters against a team in a season
Cleveland, the Marisners and the Rangers are on the brink of a very unfortunate history: All three teams have already had no hits twice in the 2021 season and, unless there are major changes to their respective offenses, they could set the record for most the times. no hits in a season.
No team has been hitless three times in a season, but the last two to be hitless twice in a season ended with pretty good fortune: Both the Mets and Dodgers were hitless twice in 2015, and both teams passed. to win your division. The Mets would win the National League championship before losing to the Royals in the World Series.
So maybe it’s not all bad news for Cleveland, Seattle and Texas, although no one will mistake those teams for potential World Series contenders.
When was the last perfect game in MLB?
While the aforementioned Musgrove, Rodon and Kluber came close to writing the perfect 24th, 25th and 26th games in MLB history, respectively, the baseball world will have to wait for the next one.
Three of the seven no-hitters in 2012 were perfect games: White Sox right-hander Philip Humber, Giants right-hander Matt Cain and former Mariners player Felix Hernandez pitched perfect that season.
The nine years between perfect games is the longest wait in MLB history since the rift between Catfish Hunter’s in 1968 and Len Barker’s in 1981.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.