The Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has made history, again as he completed a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays today. Verlander is just proving people wrong as he gets better with age and continues to be dominant on the mound for an Astros team that is relying heavily on veteran pitchers like Verlander and trade deadline acquisition Zack Greinke.
Justin Verlander has tossed a no-hitter in Toronto! pic.twitter.com/z5pOxfD3T7
— MLB (@MLB) September 1, 2019
The Astros ace put on a show in his third career no-hitter joining elite company with names like Cy Young, Bob Feller, and Larry Corcoran as other pitchers in the same group. Verlander is one of six pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball who has accomplished the feat with Nolan Ryan leading the way at seven career no-hitters.
In terms of his most recent no-hitter, Verlander tossed 120 pitches over nine innings to no-hit the Blue Jays while also striking out 14 batters. Verlander is on pace to be in the Cy Young contention, and this no-hitter may have just given him the lead over any of the other American League pitchers.
Coincidentally, making history with the third no-hitter, Verlander also earned a piece of history unique to only himself. Verlander is the only player in Major League Baseball history to throw a no-hitter in the same road stadium twice. After throwing a no-hitter in the Rogers Centre in 2011, he did it again today as he earned this piece of history.
The Astros also threw a combined no-hitter earlier this season against the Seattle Mariners. Furthermore, to add salt in the Mariners wounds, they were also no-hit by the Los Angeles Angels when Taylor Cole and Felix Pena combined for a no-hitter.