Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer tossed a one-hitter yesterday against the Brewers striking out 16. It was the first one-hitter of this 2015 season and the first of Scherzer’s career.
Scherzer became the 604th MLB pitcher since 1914 to throw a complete game one-hitter. It was the first one-hitter since the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta had a one-hitter versus the Reds last year on September 16. There were six one-hitters in the majors last year.
Since 1914 there have 185 pitchers who have thrown multiple one-hitters in their career, Topping the list are a pair of Hall of Famers, Bob Feller and Nolan Ryan. Both had 12 one-hitters in their careers. Ryan also had seven no-hitters, while Feller had three no-hitters.
Here’s a look at the pitchers who had four or more one-hitters in their career.
12: Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan
6: Steve Carlton, Bobo Newson (Note: Carlton and Newson both did not have a no-hitter in their careers, giving them the most one-hitters in a career without a no-hitter)
5: Bert Blyleven, Phil Douglas, Jim Maloney, Jim Palmer, Tom Seaver, Dave Steib, Don Sutton
4: Pete Alexander, Vida Blue, Mike Cuellar, Woodie Fryman, Randy Johnson, Walter Johnson, Sam McDowell, Guy Milton, Mike Mussina, Billy Pierce, Ken Raffensberger, Steve Rogers, Anibal Sanchez, Virgil Trucks, Bob Turley, Hippo Vaughn, Lon Warnecke, Rick Wise, Whit Wyatt.
* Thirty-six pitchers have lost a game where they pitched a complete game one-hitter. The last was Detroit’s David Price on August 14, 2014. Price surrendered one hit and an unearned run in the Tigers’ loss to Tampa Bay.
* There have been seven post-season one-hitters. The last one was Roger Clemens on October 14, 2000.
* The last pitcher to pitch a complete game one-hitter in a World series contest was Jim Lonborg on October 5, 1967.
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