By: Nick Pooler
James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners threw the third no-hitter of the year Tuesday night in a 5-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The interesting thing about this is that Paxton is from Canada. He wanted to play for the Blue Jays but they would not give him the money so he went to the Mariners. And tonight, he made them pay anyway.
Paxton just last start threw a career high, 16 strikeouts. He is off to a great start as he now has a 2-1 record with 67 strikeouts including a no-hitter and a 16 strikeout game back-to-back. This is a Mariners team that always has showed promise but can never get over the hump. They have always lacked pitching as Felix Hernandez hasn’t had much help over the years. With combining Felix with Paxton it is a good one-two punch. This includes the flame throwing closer Edwin Diaz, along with the bats of Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Mitch Haniger, Dee Gordon, Jean Segura, and much more. This is a team that could make a run. Especially with Paxton pitching like he is.
Paxton joins Athletics starter Sean Manaea, and a Dodgers team combined of Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore to throw no-hitters so far this season. He looked solid throughout the game although he did struggle with command issues as he allowed 3 walks. That will not matter though in the end because the only thing that will be remembered is James Paxton threw a no-hitter. Enjoy Seattle fans.