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Last Updated: May 7, 2021

John Means of the Baltimore Orioles Pitches No – Hitter vs. Seattle Mariners

Introduction

On Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 the Baltimore Orioles veteran left – handed starting pitcher, John Means, threw a no – hitter against the Seattle Mariners from T – Mobile Park located in Seattle, Washington. Means was extremely close to pitching the extremely rare perfect game, but John allowed one base runner to reach base.

Sam Haggerty of the Seattle Mariners reached first base in the third inning on a third – strike wild pitch. Shortly after reaching first base safely in the game Haggerty was caught stealing second base so the Seattle Mariners never had a player move in to scoring position at any point during this exciting contest.

Major League Baseball History was Made

Means is the first Major League Baseball to lose a perfect game bid on a third – strike wild pitch. The Baltimore Orioles eventually defeated the Seattle Mariners with a final score of 6 to 0 on Wednesday. John pitched the first individual no – hitter in the Baltimore Orioles franchise history since Jim Palmer accomplished the feat back in 1969.

That marked the longest stretch for any Major League Baseball team without an individual no – hitter as the Baltimore Orioles had a four – pitcher combined no – hitter back in 1991. Now the Pittsburgh Pirates hold the longest active streak without a no–hitter in Major League Baseball. The last time the Pittsburgh Pirates had a pitcher throw a no – hitter was in 1976 when John Candelaria managed to do so.

John Means Brought his Best Stuff to the Park

Up until Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 Means has never pitched past the seventh inning in a single game, but John had the Seattle Mariners perplexed all day with his arsenal consisting of a low – 90’s miles per hour sinker, a sweet curveball, and an outstanding change up. He ended up striking out 12 batters as well as inciting 26 swings and misses by the Seattle Mariner hitters.

Means threw first – pitch strikes to an unbelievable 26 of the 27 batters that he faced which is the highest percentage of first – pitch strikes in a complete game during the pitch – tracking era which began in 1988. John is having an amazing start to the 2021 MLB season for the Baltimore Orioles as Means now has a record of 4 and 0 to go along with his 1.37 earned run average.

Post – Game Media Statement

"Yeah, right now it doesn't matter at all to be honest with you," Means explained after the game. "I was just happy I made a good pitch, I was struggling with the curveball recently, so I was just happy I got it over and got a swing and miss on it, so that is all I was happy about. I was just trying to keep my cool with him on first base. I'm glad Sevy (catcher Pedro Severino) made up for it by getting him out at second. I have to be able to do that to get the changeup working. Sevvy (catcher Pedro Severino) called a great game. Those fastballs saved me."

Current MLB Standings as of Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

American League East

Boston Red Sox 18 – 12 0 Games Behind

New York Yankees 15 – 14 2.5 Games Behind

Tampa Bay Rays 16 – 15 2.5 Games Behind

Toronto Blue Jays 14 – 14 3 Games Behind

Baltimore Orioles 15 – 16 3.5 Games Behind

American League Central

Kansas City Royals 16 – 12 0 Games Behind

Chicago White Sox 16 – 13 0.5 Games Behind

Cleveland Indians 15 – 13 1 Game Behind

Minnesota Twins 11 – 17 5 Games Behind

Detroit Tigers 8 – 22 9 Games Behind

American League West

Oakland Athletics 19 – 12 0 Games Behind

Seattle Mariners 17 – 15 2.5 Game Behind

Houston Astros 15 – 14 3 Games Behind

Los Angeles Angels 13 – 15 4.5 Games Behind

Texas Rangers 14 – 17 5 Games Behind

National League East

Philadelphia Phillies 16 – 15 0 Game Behind

Atlanta Braves 14 – 16 1.5 Game Behind

Washington Nationals 12 – 14 1.5 Games Behind

New York Mets 11 – 13 1.5 Games Behind

Miami Marlins 13 – 16 2 Games Behind

National League Central

St. Louis Cardinals 18 – 12 0 Games Behind

Milwaukee Brewers 17 – 14 1.5 Games Behind

Cincinnati Reds 14 – 15 3.5 Games Behind

Chicago Cubs 14 – 16 4 Game Behind

Pittsburgh Pirates 13 – 16 4.5 Games Behind

National League West

San Francisco Giants 18 – 13 0 Game Behind

San Diego Padres 17 – 14 1 Games Behind

Los Angeles Dodgers 17 – 14 1 Games Behind

Arizona Diamondbacks 15 – 15 2.5 Games Behind

Colorado Rockies 12 – 19 6 Games Behind

Odds to Win the MLB 2021 World Series

According to Intertops sportsbook below are the odds to win the MLB 2021 World Series as of Wednesday, May 5th, 2021. Currently the Baltimore Orioles have the 5th lowest odds to win it all for this exciting 162 game regular season of Major League Baseball in addition to the 2021 MLB playoffs. The Seattle Mariners odds are not much better as they have the 7th lowest odds to win this year’s MLB World Series in the eyes of the Intertops book makers.

Team Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers 350
New York Yankees 600
San Diego Padres 750
New York Mets 900
Chicago White Sox 1000
Oakland Athletics 1200
Atlanta Braves 1400
Houston Astros 1600
Toronto Blue Jays 1800
St Louis Cardinals 1800
Milwaukee Brewers 1800
Tampa Bay Rays 2000
Boston Red Sox 2000
Minnesota Twins 2500
Los Angeles Angels 3000
Cincinnati Reds 3300
Cleveland Indians 3300
Washington Nationals 3300
Philadelphia Phillies 3500
Chicago Cubs 5000
Kansas City Royals 5000
San Francisco Giants 5000
Miami Marlins 6000
Seattle Mariners 6600
Arizona Diamondbacks 12500
Baltimore Orioles 15000
Texas Rangers 20000
Detroit Tigers 30000
Colorado Rockies 30000
Pittsburgh Pirates 30000

 

Sources:

“Baltimore Orioles' John Means pitches no-hitter vs. Seattle Mariners, misses perfect game with wild pitch on strikeout”, David Schoenfield, espn.com, May 5, 2021.

“John Means”, baseball-reference.com, May 5, 2021.

“MLB Standings 2021”, espn.com, May 5, 2021.

“United States, MLB Futures, MLB 2021 World Series: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, May 5, 2021.


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