Is perfection contagious? Maybe, maybe not. But since 2010, there have been more no-hitters and perfect games thrown in Major League Baseball than from 2007-2009 combined. And on Saturday, Tigers' ace Justin Verlander added to that number.
If perfection is not contagious, then this is all a coincidence. But when you take a close look at the time-line of the no-nos thrown in the last 12 months or so, there seems to be a common link between all of them.
Verlander's second no-hitter of his career comes five days after Francisco Liriano no-hit the Orioles. It's also almost exactly one year to the day of Dallas Braden's perfect game, last Mother's Day—which was about three weeks after Ubaldo Jimenez's no-hitter.
Exactly 20 days after Branden's perfecto, Roy Halladay joined the parade, tossing a perfect game of his own. Edwin Jackson and Matt Garza each pitched a no-hitter, almost exactly a month after each other.
Here is an in-depth recap of the eight no-hitters thrown since last season.