Any Twins fan who isn’t living completely off the grid knows by now that Liriano blanked the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday for the Twins’ first no-hitter since 1999. Yesterday, Verlander matched Liriano’s feat with a no-hitter against the Blue Jays.
At the beginning of the season, I was asked to submit my AL Central Predictions. In that article, I predicted that two AL Central pitchers would throw no-hitters this season. Liriano and Verlander have proven me right very early in the season. The last time this feat occurred was in 2007, when Verlander and Mark Buehrle accomplished it. That is the only other time in the history of the AL Central (which was created in 1994) that two division pitchers have held an opponent hitless in the same year.
I won’t let myself get too cocky about this predicition, since some of the other ones I made are not looking as good. I picked the Twins to win 95 games and the Indians to lose 90, for example. I hope I’ll still be right about those – at least about the Twins – but it’s going to take a pretty big reversal of fortunes for that to happen.