A dozen amazing stats from Detmers' no-no

May 11th, 2022

turned in the start of a lifetime on Tuesday night in Anaheim, no-hitting the Rays in a 12-0 Angels victory. It was the 12th no-hitter in Halos history and first since the team’s emotional combined no-hitter on July 12, 2019, with Tyler Skaggs’ number on their backs in the team’s first game after his death.

Here are 12 facts and figures from the second no-hitter of the 2022 season.

• The Angels picked Detmers 10th overall in the 2020 Draft out of Louisville. He’s one of only three players from that first round to appear in a Major League game so far, along with Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson and White Sox lefty Garrett Crochet. And now he has a no-hitter on his resume.

• Detmers is the 25th pitcher with rookie eligibility remaining to throw a no-hitter. Amazingly, both of the past two no-nos thrown by individual pitchers both came from rookie lefties: Arizona’s Tyler Gilbert last Aug. 14, and now Detmers. (There were also two combined no-nos in between). But Gilbert was even less experienced than Detmers, accomplishing the feat in his first MLB start, and fourth appearance overall.

If we instead consider age, at 22 years and 306 days old, Detmers became the youngest pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Anibal Sánchez in 2006 (22 years, 191 days).

• In 10 previous Major League starts -- five in 2021 and five this year -- Detmers averaged a little more than four innings per outing. His longest was six innings, and his longest so far in 2022 was five. Detmers became the 17th pitcher in MLB history (pending the inclusion of Negro Leagues stats) to throw a no-hitter with 10 or fewer career starts under his belt, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

• Detmers entered Tuesday with a 6.33 career ERA. That's the third-highest career ERA at the time of throwing a no-hitter since earned runs became official in both leagues (1913), trailing only 1991 Wilson Alvarez (infinity) and 1953 Bobo Holloman (8.44), according to Elias.

• It had been nearly four years since an Angels pitcher had even thrown a shutout, much less a no-hitter. Southpaw Andrew Heaney was the previous Halos hurler to hold an opponent scoreless over a nine-inning complete game, doing so against the Royals on June 5, 2018.

• What was the key for Detmers? It wasn’t K’s, as he notched just two strikeouts on the night. While that sort of outing used to be somewhat more common, Detmers joined Francisco Liriano (for the Twins on May 3, 2011) as the only pitchers in the past 42 seasons to throw a no-no without notching more than a pair of strikeouts.

• The Rays managed 25 balls in play against Detmers, including eight hard-hit balls (95-plus mph exit velocity), but none fell for a hit. Two of those batted balls qualified as barrels -- deep flyouts by Kevin Kiermaier in the third inning and Harold Ramirez in the seventh.

• Detmers was getting outs on all four of his pitches (four-seamer, changeup, slider, curveball). But the change was huge for the lefty, as the Rays went 0-for-9 against it. Entering the night, Detmers had only thrown the pitch 19 times this year, with opponents going 2-for-4 against it.

• The only question in this one was whether Detmers would get the job done, because the Angels led, 8-0, by the third. With a final score of 12-0, it’s tied for the sixth-largest margin of victory in a no-hitter. The Angels won their previous no-hitter, 13-0, so this is nothing new for the Halos.

• In related news, this was the second no-hitter since 1900 with a pitching appearance by a player who primarily was a position player that season, along with Orlando Arcia on Sept. 13, 2020, for the Brewers when they were no-hit by the Cubs’ Alec Mills, according to Elias. This time, it was none other than Brett Phillips.

• Some of that offense came from catcher Chad Wallach, who homered in the third inning. He became the fifth catcher in the Wild Card Era to homer in a game where he caught a no-hitter, according to Elias. He joins David Ross (April 21, 2016), Alex Avila (May 7, 2011), Jason Varitek (May 19, 2008) and Charles Johnson (June 10, 1997 and May 11, 1996).

• Tuesday was just Wallach's second game in an Angels uniform. That's tied for the fewest games into a tenure with a team by a player who caught a no-hitter since 1900, with 1979 Alan Ashby, in his second game with the Astros for Ken Forsch's no-hitter, according to Elias. Of course, no-hitters are nothing new for the Wallachs -- his father, Tim, was at third base for Dennis Martinez’s perfect game in 1991.