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Reid Detmers Rocks, Rolls, Tosses No-Hitter

Reid Detmers

Reid Detmers

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History was made in Southern California on Tuesday night: 22-year-old Reid Detmers threw the 12th no-hitter in Angels franchise history at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. This performance was also the first solo no-hit bid of the 2022 season. Before tonight, the rookie hurler had never thrown more than six innings a game in the major leagues after being drafted in 2020; this was notably just Detmers’ 11th career major league start. Detmers is the youngest pitcher in Angels history to throw a no-no, with just 62 minor league innings under his belt.

Breaking down Detmers’ performance reveals this was a rather peculiar no-no. Interestingly enough, this wasn’t a strikeout-heavy performance at all. Not even qualifying for a Maddux, Detmers threw 108 pitches through nine innings, 68 of them for strikes, but only struck out two, and issued one free pass. He should see his opposing BABIP drop significantly; 25 balls were put into play total, all finding the gloves of the Angels defense.

10 swings and misses contributed to Detmers’ 25% CSW (called strikes plus whiffs) overall; two on the fastball, five on the changeup, and three on the curveball. Pitching to contact was certainly more of his game in this performance; interestingly enough, the Rays had a 55.6% HardHit rate, and just two barrels.

Detmers entered this game with a 6.33 ERA, and has pretty much halved that with this performance, to an ERA of 3.77. According to StatsbySTATS, Detmers is the only MLB pitcher to throw a no-hitter after entering the game with a career ERA of 6.00 or higher in at least 40.0 IP (since ERA became an official stat in both leagues in 1913). He carries forth a 0.84 WHIP and 20/7 K/BB ratio through 31 innings into his next start against the Rangers.

On the other side, the Rays were taking things in stride. “There will be times in life where you crank that Soulja boy and there will be other times where that Soulja boy cranks you,” wrote the Rays social media admin on Twitter after the loss. It’s never fun to be on the other side of a no-hitter, but the Rays feed certainly took the 12-0 loss with humor and grace. This included bantering with the Angels account how it was special to see a two-way player play the game in such an exciting way, and later claiming the tweet was about Brett Phillips.

Overall, what a special night and great accomplishment for a young player on an exciting team.

Hitters with an EDGE

Aaron Judge vs. Blue Jays

2-for-5, 3 RBI, HR

Judge crushed a three-run walk-off home run – the first of his career – off Jordan Romano to left field, to defeat the Blue Jays, 6-5. This was Judge’s second home run in the past seven days; he’s toting a respectable .259/.333/.519 line including six RBI and a stolen base.

Justin Turner vs. Pirates

4-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI

Is there a baseball equivalent of a triple-double? There is now. Turner pulled it off tonight by hitting three two-baggers. The Dodgers hit eight doubles overall, tying a franchise record.

Mike Trout vs. Rays

3-for-4, 3 H, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB

Trout homered twice – once off Corey Kluber in the second inning, and once again off a Brett Phillips eephus in the eighth inning. That last homer seems a bit unfair, but all’s fair in love, war, and baseball.

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Pitchers with an EDGE

Tarik Skubal vs. Athletics

7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 K, 21% CSW

The young lefty did an excellent job of limiting the A’s to soft contact in the matinee of this doubleheader; none of the three hits off Skubal was harder than 84 mph. Skubal noted that his fastball didn’t seem at its best in this start, so he relied on the slider a little more, and threw 30 sliders out of his 92 pitches.

Lucas Giolito vs. Guardians

7 IP, 6 H, ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 37% CSW

Giolito’s fastball location was the crown jewel of this performance - he was able to locate it for 17 called strikes, contributing to a 43% CSW on that pitch. The changeup worked well on the Guardians’ high-contact lineup; that pitch got seven swings and misses, leading to a 41% CSW.

Justin Verlander vs. Twins

8 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 26% CSW

For the eighth time in his career, Verlander took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, to lead the Astros to a 5-0 victory. Efficient with his pitches through this start, he missed out on his fourth no-hitter by five outs, but still faced the minimum through eight innings.

Closing Time

Jordan Romano (2nd blown save)

1.3 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Romano came into the game to relieve Trevor Richards. He walked Jose Trevino and DJ LeMahieu – and was eventually victimized by Judge, as the Yankees walked it off against the Blue Jays. Other than this mishap, Romano’s been generally reliable, converting 12 out of 14 possible save opportunities.

Kendall Graveman vs. Guardians (2nd save)

1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Liam Hendriks was unavailable to pitch, so Graveman filled in tonight’s save opportunity. After two quick outs, Graveman walked Franmil Reyes and gave a single to Amed Rosario; Andres Gimenez attempted to beat out a play at first, but the call was overturned, ending the game.

Josh Hader vs. Reds (12th save)

1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Hader notched his 500th career strikeout in this appearance; he did it in just 293 2/3 innings, in the Brewers’ 5-4 win over the Reds.

Taylor Rogers vs. Cubs (12th save)

1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

The Padres closer did allow one run on two hits, but was able to get Frank Schwindel to fly out for the final out of the game. The run was Rogers’ first in 13 appearances this season; he improved to an admirable 12-of-12 in save chances.

Paul Sewald vs. Phillies (1st save)

1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Joe Barlow vs. Royals (5th save)

1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Felix Bautista vs. Cardinals (1st save)

1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

John Schreiber vs. Braves (1st save)

2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Edwin Diaz vs. Nationals (7th save)

1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Wednesday’s Matchup of the Day

Shohei Ohtani (3-2, 3.08 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 41 K) vs. Shane McClanahan (2-2, 3.06 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 47 K)

The Angels have been turning heads lately, and rightfully so as they’re currently at the top of the AL West and riding off the fumes of Reid Detmers’ no-hitter on Tuesday. In Ohtani’s last start, he got an incredible 29 whiffs, including 10 each with his fastball and slider. He’s now won three starts in a row. He’ll be facing Shane McClanahan, who notched five strikeouts and only walked two batters in his last outing against the Mariners. The 25-year-old left-hander has allowed just three earned runs or fewer in six consecutive outings this year, and is tied with Dylan Cease for the American League lead in strikeouts.

Priority Pickup

Josh Naylor - 1B, Cleveland Guardians - Rostered in 24% of Yahoo Leagues

Naylor had himself quite the explosive evening on Monday - two home runs, including a grand slam putting the game out of reach as the Guardians overcame the White Sox, 12-9. In his last 15 games, he’s batting .315/.345/.593 including those two homers, 18 RBI, and two walks drawn. Naylor is batting .338/.370/.544 with four homers and 21 RBI in 19 games since returning from his ankle injury.

American League Quick Hits

Zack Britton (elbow) could return to the Yankees’ bullpen in August or September. … Edward Olivares (quad) is expected to miss at least six weeks. … Cole Irvin (shoulder) will throw a side session this week. … Twins placed RHP Chris Paddack on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to May 9, with right elbow inflammation. … Twins placed SS Carlos Correa on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 6, with a right finger contusion. … Rangers manager Chris Woodward expressed optimism Tuesday that Jon Gray (knee) will be able to make his next start. … Rangers placed C Mitch Garver on the 10-day injured list with a flexor sprain in his right forearm…Angels placed C Max Stassi on the COVID-19 injured list. … David Fletcher underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the adductor muscles in both of his legs. … Danny Coulombe is being evaluated for left hip inflammation. … Wander Franco did not leave Tuesday’s game due to injury, according to the Rays. … Mitch Haniger (ankle) suggested Tuesday that he might not be back until July.

National League Quick Hits

Mets transferred RHP Jacob deGrom from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. … Nationals transferred RHP Mason Thompson from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. …Pirates placed OF Jake Marisnick on the 10-day injured list with a left thumb injury. … Reds activated INF Mike Moustakas from the COVID-19 injured list. … Will Smith is dealing with some right pectoral discomfort, per Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. … Adam Wainwright (COVID-19) is not expected to start during the Cardinals’ current homestand. … Jake Cousins is opting against Tommy John surgery for now, per Brewers manager Craig Counsell. … Sean Reid-Foley will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. … Cubs placed INF Nick Madrigal on the 10-day injured list with lower back tightness. … Alcides Escobar (finger) is expected to be fine come Wednesday.