Do you like no-hitters? If so, the 2021 season has been a fun one for you.
Yes, there have been a lot of 27th-out celebrations in the early going, and the latest came on Tuesday night in Seattle, where the Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull no-hit the Mariners while walking two and striking out nine in a 5-0 victory. That was already the fifth no-no in MLB this season, and it’s only May. (That doesn’t even count Madison Bumgarner’s seven no-hit innings in a doubleheader against the Braves.)
Five no-hitters through May 18 are tied with the 1917 season for the most through that date on the calendar in a single season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Overall, the most no-hitters in a season was eight, in 1884. The most in any modern season (since 1900) was seven, in 1990, 1991, 2012 and 2015.
There have been three in May alone, tied for the second-most in a calendar month in MLB history. The only month with more was June 1990, when Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, Fernando Valenzuela and Dave Stewart threw no-hitters — with Valenzuela’s and Stewart’s coming on the same day. The other times we’ve seen three were August 2015, June 2012, May 1917, September 1908 and September 1882.
Here are 10 other facts and figures to know about Turnbull’s big night — and Seattle’s latest setback.
According to Elias, the only other pitchers to throw a no-hitter within two seasons after leading MLB in losses are Scott Erickson (led in losses in 1993, threw a no-hitter in ‘94), Jim Tobin (1942, ‘44), Red Donahue (1897, ‘98) and Amos Rusie (1890, ‘91). Additionally, three pitchers somehow twirled a no-no in the same season in which they compiled the most losses: Sam Jones (1955), Joe Bush (1916) and Henry Porter (1888).