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How many MLB pitchers have thrown no-hitters?

Reid Detmers threw a no-no on just his 11th MLB start for the Angels and the first individual no-hitter of the season

Reid Detmers throws Angels no-hitter on 11th MLB start
Kirby LeeUSA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Reid Detmers pulled off a stunning performance in what was just his 11th career start against the Tampa Bay Rays, throwing a no-hitter in a 12-0 win for the Halos. It was only the 12th no-hitter in Angels history and the 25th occasion a rookie has achieved the feat. It was also the first time in his senior career Detmers had pitched a full game and the first individual no-hitter for the Angels since 2012. The only other no-hitter in the league this season involved five Mets pitchers: Tylor Megill, Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Díaz.

Detmers’ no-no was the 316th in MLB history. The first official no-hitter was thrown by George Bradley of the St Louis Brown Stockings against the Hartford Dark Blues in 1876.

MLB no-hit records

Nolan Ryan holds the record for the most career no-hits with seven, achieved over the course of 18 years and with three different teams, the California Angels, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. Nolan also holds the MBL strike-out record with 5,417. Behind Nolan is Dodgers great Sandy Koufax with four and he is followed by Larry Corcoran, Bob Feller, Justin Verlander and Cy Young on three.

Five pitchers have thrown two no-hitters in the same season: Johnny Vander Meer, Allie Reynolds, Virgil Trucks, Ryan and Max Scherzer. Vander Meer also holds a record that will probably never be broken, throwing two consecutive no-hitters for the Cincinnati Reds in 1938.

Detmers’ achievement was all the more eye-catching due to the 22-year-old’s relative lack of experience but the Angels pitcher’s no-hit was trumped just last season by Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Tyler Gilbert, who threw a no-no on his very first MLB start against the Padres. That is a feat that had been achieved on only three occasions previously in MLB history, by Ted Breitenstein (1891), Bumpus Jones (1892) and Bobo Hollman (1953).


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