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The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

Congratulations to John Means, who joined the exclusive "No-Hit" Club on May 5th.

We were hoping not to write about COVID-19 this year...

After a COVID free spring training, the virus struck MLB Opening Day.  The Washington Nationals three game series against the New York Mets was postponed because of ongoing COVID concerns within the Nationals team and organization.  The Nationals/Braves on Monday, April 5th was also postponed, but on Tuesday afternoon they finally opened the season.  The Nationals roster included 10 players who were late replacements for the 10 on the injured list because of COVID. 

Since that first week, all other scheduled games had been played (other than postponements by bad weather). until this weekend when the Twins/Angels games on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18, were postponed due to a number of Twins personnel testing positive.  Let's hope that this gets better soon, and that "Game Postponed by COVID" will not be a regular occurrence in 2021.    

Baltimore Orioles Lefthander John Means threw a no-hitter Wednesday night in a 6-0 victory over the Mariners.   The Mariners only baserunner reached base on a dropped third strike.  It was the 308th no hitter in MLB history, (10th by the Orioles franchise).  It was also the 3rd no-hitter official nine inning no-hitter of the 2021 season. 

Chicago Lefthander Carlos Rodon threw a no-hitter in the White Sox 8-0 win over the Indians on Wednesday night, coming within two outs of a perfect game before "settling" for the no-hitter.  It was the 307th no-hitter in MLB history, and the 20th by the Chicago White Sox.  

Congratulations to Madison Bumgarner who pitched a seven inning

complete game shutout with zero hits allowed on April 24th.

Congratulations to Carlos Rodon,  who joined the exclusive "No-Hit" Club on April 14th.

According to MLB rules, Bumgarner's game does not qualify as an official no-hitter because he did not pitch nine innings.  This is something that MLB might not have thought about as it changed to rules of play.  The Diamondbacks have argued that Bumgarner should get credit for a no-hitter, maybe with an asterisk designating (seven inning game).  Whether or not he gets credit for a no-hitter, it was still a great performance by a lefthander whose last few years have not met the standards that he set for himself earlier in his career.

The were 112 lefthanded pitchers on MLB Opening Day Rosters when the games began on April 1st.  Matthew Boyd of the Detroit Tigers was the first lefthanded pitcher to take the mound, and the first to earn a victory with 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball.  Read more about the best lefthanded performers on opening day, and about the number of lefthanded batters and pitchers in MLB