For the second time this week, we get to see a no-hitter pitched in MLB. This time, it is Tigers starter Justin Verlander, who threw his second career no-hitter on Saturday vs the Toronto Blue Jays. According to Baseball Nation's Grant Brisbee, he was throwing his 100 MPH fastball, but only struck out 4 batters, which is quite unusual for a big strikeout guy like Verlander.
Verlander was one walk away from a perfect game, as Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia worked a 12 pitch walk. Verlander faced the minimum 27 batters, throwing first pitch strikes to 16 of them, and inducing 11 swinging strikes and 13 ground ball outs. He threw just 108 pitches in his gem which matches his lowest pitch total in any start this season.
I ranked Verlander as my 11th best starting pitcher for 2011, and here is what I said about him:
11. Justin Verlander, DET- Verlander has established himself as an ace as well. He went 7 or more innings in 21 of his 33 starts, and his FIP has been under 3.00 in each of the last two seasons. He is another pitcher who win the Cy Young award in the AL. He went for $25 in the AL-only Tout Wars draft and deservedly so.
Verlander is 3-3 with a 3.16 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with a 55-18 K/BB rate in 57 innings pitched.