James Paxton Couldn't Be Hit. Dylan Bundy Couldn't Get an Out

Blue Jays' Twitter account hilariously attempts to jinx Paxton's no-hit bid

It was the second straight standout start for Paxton. He struck out 16 batters through seven innings, giving him a chance to tie or even break the single-game record of 20. The right-hander allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings, and has a 7.71 ERA. And as for the hurler himself, Paxton continues to throw well on the season as a whole. All three of his walks came in the first four innings, and he got some help from his defense, with spectacular plays by Kyle Seager, Dee Gordon and Ben Gamel all helping contribute to the 299th official no-hitter in M.L.B. history.

Anthony Alford fouled out on the first pitch to begin the ninth and Teoscar Hernandez struck out swinging. According to Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports, there have been 75 no-hitters since Major League Baseball began tracking pitching counts in the late 1980s.

Fifteen years ago, Paxton's 95.5-mph fastball would've been the fastest average pitch in baseball among qualified starting pitchers by over a mile per hour, beating Jason Schmidt's 94.3. In fact, he has a tattoo of a Maple Leaf on his right forearm.

He became just the second Canadian-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter, joining Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia A's. In 2007, he appeared in 25 games as a freshman with a 2-0 record. A start by the Mariners' James Paxton was very, very good, while that of the Orioles' Dylan Bundy was little short of horrific. He was drafted 37th overall in the MLB Draft by Toronto, but opted to return to United Kingdom for his senior season. Now it looks like Paxton is getting on a roll.

Paxton's no-hitter does represent one break with today's game, in that he was allowed to finish it. "You're seeing whiff rates, by location, against fastballs and only fastballs".

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However, one other thing many pointed out on Twitter was what happened to Paxton last month. Paxton remained markedly cool throughout, however, and the bird realized its mistake. The 6-4, 235-pound lefty nicknamed "Big Maple" threw a no-hitter for Seattle that had extra significance because of where he did it.

Coming off an excellent 2017 season in which he went 12-5 with a 2.98 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 136 innings, Paxton had a disappointing April, with a 5.12 ERA. His ERA is more than 1 1/2 runs better than the next-lowest starter, Marco Gonzales, who is at 5.19.

Paxton's 99-pitch no-hitter against the Blue Jays, one start after a 16-strikeout effort last week against the A's, provided final confirmation that he, not Felix Hernandez, rules the M's rotation and will for the foreseeable future.

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