MLB on historic pace after Kluber throws 6th no-hitter of 2021

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MLB on historic pace after Kluber throws 6th no-hitter of 2021 originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Just a quarter of the way through, the 2021 MLB season has proved itself to be one for the books. Aside from dealing with COVID-19 protocols, MLB’s return after a shortened 2020 season has already featured more than a few records.

In mid-May, New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole broke the record for most strikeouts between walks in MLB history, breaking the one set just four days before by Corbin Burnes of the Milwaukee Brewers.

On Wednesday, Yankees Corey Kluber’s no-no even further cemented the 2021 season as an historic one in regards to pitching. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, this marks the first time in league history that there has been six no-hitters thrown before June.

At this rate, could 2021 be the year that MLB sets a record for most no-hitters in a single season?

How many no-hitters have there been in the 2021 MLB season?

So far in the 2021 season, there have been six total nine-inning no-hitters thrown. In addition, San Francisco GiantsMadison Bumgarner tossed seven no-hit innings during a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves in late April.

  • Joe Musgrove: Musgrove tossed the first no-hitter of the season -- and in San Diego Padres history -- against the Texas Rangers on April 9.

  • Carlos Rodon: Rodon’s no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox on April 14 was just two outs shy of being a perfect game against the Cleveland Indians.

  • John Means: Means threw his first career no-hitter for the Baltimore Orioles on May 5 against the Seattle Mariners. Means' no-no was also just shy of a perfect game -- though the O’s ace didn’t allow a hit, walk or hit batsman, a strike three during the third inning got away for a wild pitch and Sam Haggerty reached first base.

  • Wade Miley: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Miley tossed his first no-hitter on May 7 against the Indians. 

  • Spencer Turnbull: Turnbull threw a no-no on May 18 for the Detroit Tigers against the Mariners.

  • Corey Kluber: On May 19 against the Rangers, Kluber threw the Yankees' first no-hitter since David Cone’s perfect game on July 18, 1999 against the Montreal Expos. Kluber’s no-no makes this season the first time in MLB history that three teams have been no-hit twice in a season (Indians, Mariners, Rangers).

What is the most no-hitters thrown in a single MLB season?

In 1884, there were eight no-hitters thrown in a single season. The 2021 MLB season is on pace to pass that … significantly.

The modern era record is seven no-hitters in one season, which has been done in four different years: 1990, 1991, 2012 and 2015.

This season, and month of May in particular, is historically close to June of 1990. May 2021 marks the second month in MLB history to have four no-hitters -- the first being June 1990. Turnbull and Kluber’s recent no-nos were the first time since June 29, 1990, that no-hitters were thrown one or fewer days apart, when Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela threw them on the same day.

How many no-hitters have there been in San Francisco Giants history?

The San Francisco Giants -- known in their early years as the "New York Gothams" from 1883 to 1984 and the "New York Giants" from 1885 to 1957 -- have thrown 17 no-hitters in franchise history. Amos Rusie threw the team's first on July 31, 1981, and the most recent was thrown by Chris Heston during his rookie season on June 9, 2015 against the New York Mets.