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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Detroit Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull shuts down Seattle Mariners for MLB’s fifth no-hitter

Spencer Turnbull walked out of the bullpen Tuesday night feeling terrible, hoping a shaky pregame warmup would dissipate once he stepped on the mound.

A few hours later, Turnbull was being slammed in the face with a shaving cream pie and doused in water, beer and baby powder by his Detroit Tigers teammates on the grass at T-Mobile Park.

There was plenty to celebrate after Turnbull joined the parade of no-hitters in 2021.

“It is by far the best night of my life, most exciting and it’s definitely kind of like one of those landmark stamps on my career up to this point,” Turnbull said.

The 28-year-old right-hander tossed the fifth no-hitter of the major league season, baffling the Seattle Mariners in Detroit’s 5-0 win.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2021 at 09:57 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Born1951 Posted: May 19, 2021 at 10:40 AM (#6019611)
This game lowered the Mariner's team batting average to .199. If I did my queries right, this is the lowest team BA in first 43 games since the 1910 White Sox had a .192 (which is also the lowest since 1901). The only other team under .200 was the 1905 Senators at .196.
   2. winnipegwhip Posted: May 19, 2021 at 10:53 AM (#6019614)
Is Mario Mendoza going to throw out the first pitch at tonight's game?
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 19, 2021 at 11:01 AM (#6019619)
Is Mario Mendoza going to throw out the first pitch at tonight's game?

Hey, Mario outhit these guys by 16 pts for his career!
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 19, 2021 at 11:08 AM (#6019624)
Is Mario Mendoza going to throw out the first pitch at tonight's game?
More like he'll swing and miss at the first pitch.
   5. GregD Posted: May 19, 2021 at 02:32 PM (#6019680)
Likely to break the modern record of 7 in a season before the All-Star game
   6. phredbird Posted: May 19, 2021 at 03:43 PM (#6019703)

cue the weird rant we are going to hear today from mike wilbon over on PTI ...
   7. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: May 19, 2021 at 03:48 PM (#6019707)
Unpopular Democrat president? Check.
Rioting in the streets? Check.
Historically low baseball offense? Check.
Dominant Tiger pitcher? Check.

Ladies and gentlemen...1968 is back!
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: May 19, 2021 at 03:51 PM (#6019708)
One-fifth of the league's complete games this year are no-hitters. And one of the 20 counted as a complete game but not a no-hitter.
   9. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 19, 2021 at 04:25 PM (#6019716)
Unpopular Democrat president? Check.


The Seattle Mariners are batting .199, Joe Biden is batting .528.


https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/biden-approval-rating/
   10. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: May 19, 2021 at 07:27 PM (#6019767)
I watched the last part of the game. He had good stuff, but he wasn't spectacular. It wasn't like he was Marichal out there, or had pinpoint control. He threw a nice backdoor curveball for the last strikeout. He threw a lot of low strikes that they just never squared up. That's not to say they didn't have some good hacks, but they all went for foul balls. It kinda felt like the Mariners were all standing at a slot machine, feeding in quarter after quarter, and just never even getting a small jackpot.

Interestingly I also watched Mark Melancon close out the game for the Padres. He really doesn't have that good stuff, or even particularly good control (he walked the bases loaded if I remember) but the batters couldn't do much but try to work a walk and swing hard and hope they get lucky, just like with the Turnbull no-hitter.

Seems like it is time to lower the mound and/or move it back

(and restrict pitchers from fielding bunts, and restrict pickoff throws like they are doing in the minors, and make non-closer relief pitchers throw at least 2 or 3 innings).
   11. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: May 19, 2021 at 09:06 PM (#6019793)
Unpopular Democrat president? Check.

Isn't Biden over 50% in popularity?

Rioting in the streets? Check.

Huh? What riots are you thinking of?
   12. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 19, 2021 at 09:17 PM (#6019796)
Oh wow, RMC is wedging in his politic views to an unrelated baseball thread again. So off-brand for him.
   13. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 19, 2021 at 09:22 PM (#6019797)
Unpopular Democrat president? Check.


As noted above, in the RMC household perhaps, but not for the majority of American adults recently polled.
   14. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: May 19, 2021 at 10:16 PM (#6019809)
As noted above, in the RMC household perhaps, but not for the majority of American adults recently polled.

Required a bunch of polls that have huge pro-Biden samples -- Biden +14 or +20 in the November vote obviously does not comport with reality -- to get him barely over 50%. You'd think people would have learned by now that public polling is largely trash.
   15. RJ in TO Posted: May 19, 2021 at 10:21 PM (#6019815)
Jesus, don't take the bait, you idiots.
   16. TJ Posted: May 19, 2021 at 10:40 PM (#6019836)
Likely to break the modern record of 7 in a season before the All-Star game


Corey Kluber did his part with yet another no-hitter...
   17. The Honorable Ardo Posted: May 19, 2021 at 11:02 PM (#6019841)
Wow. I saw Turnbull's last start on the 13th. He was really good that day, but I can't say I saw a no-hitter coming.
   18. Cooper Nielson Posted: May 20, 2021 at 12:15 AM (#6019856)
Random observation: Of the last 6 official no-hitters dating back to last year (and not counting Kluber because I'm struggling to keep up), 5 of the pitchers were in their year-28 season.

Alec Mills, Joe Musgrove, Carlos Rodon, John Means, and Spencer Turnbull.

Wade Miley is 34.

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