And because more and more hitters have adopted swings geared toward putting lift on a ball and golfing it out of the park instead of level hacks created to make contact, they're going up against pitchers who have mostly abandoned two-seam fastballs or pitching low in the strike zone. With Felix Hernandez no longer an ace, Paxton is clearly the team's best starter, even if Felix still drew the Opening Day assignment.
Let's begin on a positive note, with Paxton.
The only other Canadian to do so was Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics, all the way back in 1945.
Paxton pumped three straight fastballs - all strikes - to Teoscar Hernandez - 97 mph, 96 mph and 97 mph for a strikeout swinging.
After the final out, a grounder to third baseman Kyle Seager that Paxton watched nervously until the throw across the diamond nestled safely into the mitt of first baseman Ryon Healy, the crowd of over 20,000 at Toronto's Rogers Centre gave the Seattle pitcher a standing ovation.
"(Inside the maple leaf is) a mural of an island that my family has a cabin on", Paxton explained.
By contrast, when Bundy left the field Tuesday, it was to a smattering of boos from those in attendance at Baltimore's Camden Yards.
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"I recognized how hard my teammates were playing for me out there and I just wanted to go out there and give it everything I had, because I knew that they were doing the same thing for me", Paxton said. That put him alone in the record books, as no pitcher in modern Major League Baseball history (since 1900) had ever before managed quite that combination of futility. The right-hander allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings, and has a 7.71 ERA. The last two pitches of the contest.
Reds 7, Mets 2: Eugenio Suarez had three hits and four RBIs, and his two-run single in the first inning gave Cincinnati a lead it never relinquished in a win over visiting NY.
"Physically, I'm fine", Bundy said after the game.
"I mean, Josh Donaldson, the guy's pretty good".
The Canadian's superb performance had been foreshadowed last week, when he struck out a career-best 16 in seven scoreless innings against the Athletics.
"It was probably about the sixth inning", Paxton said, when asked when he first thought a no-hitter against the Blue Jays was possible.
James Paxton reacts after throwing a no-hitter against the Blue Jays.
Paxton also walked Justin Smoak in the fourth.