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Lefthanded Baseball - 2018 Complete Game No-Hitters

There were two Complete Game No-Hitters in Major League Baseball in the 2018 season, and both of them were thrown by lefthanded pitchers. 

On April 21, 2018, Sean Manaea of the Oakland A's pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox, winning by a score of 5-0.

On May 8, 2018, James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners pitched a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays, wining by a score of 3-0.

There was a third no-hitter thrown by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it was a team effort as the starter only went six inning and three relief pitchers finished the game.

Sean Manaea made his MLB debut with Oakland in 2016, and has a career record of 31 wins, 28 losses, and a 3.94 ERA, with 372 strikeouts in 464 innings.  For the 2018 season, he had 12 wins, 9 losses, and a 3.59 ERA, with 108 strikeouts in 160 innings.

James Paxton made his MLB debut with Seattle in 2013, and has a career record of 41 wins, 26 losses, and a 3.42 Earned Run Average.  He has 617 strikeouts in 582 innings. For the 2018 season, he had 11 wins, 6 losses, and a 3.76 ERA, with 208 strikeouts in 160 innings.

Since the 2000 baseball season, there have been 47 complete game no-hitters, and 14 of them have been thrown by lefthanded pitchers. 

Those 14 lefthanded pitchers are Bud Smith, Randy Johnson, Mark Buehrle (twice), Jon Lester, Jonathan Sanchez, Dallas Braden, Francisco Liriano, Philip Humber, Johan Santana, Clayton Kershaw, Cole Hamels, Sean Manaea, James Paxton (Buehrle has done it twice).

Some of these pitchers are among the best pitchers of their time, but there are many other great pitchers who have never pitched a no hitter.

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