MLB on historic pace after Cubs combine for 7th no-hitter of 2021

Craig Kimbrel

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.

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

The count is now at seven after the Cubs tossed a combined no-hitter against the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers.

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 seven total nine-inning no-hitters thrown. In addition, San Francisco Giants’ Madison Bumgarner tossed seven no-hit innings during a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves in late April, as well as the Tampa Bay Rays combining for seven innings of no-hit baseball during an early July doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

  • 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).
  • Chicago Cubs: Four Cubs pitchers contributed to a no-hitter against the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers on June 24. Starting pitcher Zach Davies tossed six hitless innings, while Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin and Craig Kimbrel tossed one each to seal the no-no. It was the first of the Cubs' 17th no-hitters in franchise history that was combined. The Dodgers were no-hit for the 20th time, the most of any team. 

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 2021 season has already tied the modern era record of seven no-hitters in one season, which was also achieved in 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 Philadelphia Phillies history?

The Philadelphia Phillies have thrown 13 no-hitters, recording their first on August 29, 1885 thrown by Charles Ferguson. Since then, they have thrown 12 no-hitters in the franchise's history. Their most recent was thrown by Cole Hamels -- his first career no-hitter -- on July 25, 2015 against the Chicago Cubs.