Detroit Tigers pitcher, Spencer Turnbull, threw the eighth no-hitter in franchise history and the fifth of a 2021 MLB season that has yet to reach its halfway mark Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners.
The last time that five no-hitters were thrown in an MLB season before the month of June was in 1917.
In fact, two of the no-hitters in that time span were on back-to-back days both thrown by St. Louis Browns pitchers.
That same 1917 season featured six total no-hitters after one more was thrown later that season.
The first “no-no” of the season came from San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove just nine days after opening day on April 9, 2021.
That’s the earliest no-hitter in a season since 2001.
It is also worth mentioning that all five no-hitters this season have come from pitchers with relatively average career numbers with the exception of Orioles ace John Means who currently leads the American League in earned run average at 1.21.
I’m sure some recent Cy Young Award winners like Max Scherzer or Jacob deGrom will have one of their signature games and throw a no-hitter at some point to add to this already historic pitching season.
However, one of the many beauties about the game of baseball is that truly anything could happen.
Even Wade Miley, a 34-year-old veteran pitcher for the Reds on the back nine of his career, threw the fourth no-hitter of the season.
The record for most no-hitters thrown in a single season is seven.
That number could be shattered this season.
This begs the question, could 2021 be the year of the pitcher?
Well considering the pace that no-nos are being thrown, it might just be.
Written by: Felipe Alvarez