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September 1, 2019
Justin Verlander is reaching legendary status. The Houston Astros star pitched his third career no-hitter, becoming just the sixth pitcher in major league history to throw at least three no-hitters. It all went down Sunday in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
The right-hander became the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters as a visitor in the same park — he also threw one at Rogers Centre in 2011 with Detroit. His other no-no was in 2007 for the Tigers against Milwaukee. (READ MORE) by Frank Miles
Abraham Toro was not supposed to play Sunday. But roughly an hour before first pitch in the Astros’ game against the Blue Jays, Toro found out he was replacing Yuli Gurriel, who was dealing with elbow soreness.
Three-and-a-half hours later, Toro made the play of the game with a two-run homer in the ninth inning to snap a scoreless tie and open the door for Justin Verlander’s third career no-hitter in Houston’s 2-0 victory at Rogers Centre.
“Toro was unbelievable,” Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos said. “Guy from here, from Canada, having a chance to come in the ninth and do what he does. It was unbelievable.” (READ MORE) by Jordan Horrobin
On Sunday, Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlanderagainst the Toronto Blue Jays. Verlander dominated, striking out 14 batters and permitting just one baserunner, which came on a walk to Cavan Biggio, the second batter he faced. It was his third career no-no, which puts him in the kind of company one keeps when one is an elite talent.
Consider that Verlander is now tied for the third-most no-hitters of all-time, trailing only Nolan Ryan (seven) and Sandy Koufax (four). As for the pitchers Verlander is tied with, it’s a group that includes Larry Corcoran, Cy Young, and Bob Feller. That’s it; that’s the entire class. (READ MORE) by R.J. Anderson
Innovation, or progressive thought, or disruption – heck, whatever you want to call it – has done some remarkable things to baseball’s landscape over two decades. It has rendered entire roles obsolete, changed the way the game is played, the way it looks, the way it’s mastered.
But there’s one paradigm that analytics and optimization cannot topple: The ace reigns supreme, and always will.
Justin Verlander threw his third career no-hitter Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays, powering through a young and overmatched lineup on 120 pitches and racking up 14 strikeouts. It was a startling performance, all the more remarkable given his Houston Astros could not score a run for him until rookie Abraham Toro hit a two-run home run to break a scoreless tie in the top of the ninth inning. (READ MORE) by Gabe Lacques