Iwakuma Throws A No-Hitter: Who’s Next In The AL For A No-No?
For the fourth time this season, a no-hitter has been thrown! Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma struck out seven batters and allowed no hits in his first career complete game Wednesday against the Orioles in Seattle.
Iwakuma is the second Japanese pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the majors, following Hideo Nomo – who threw two no-hitters (that’s a no-no, no-no, for those keeping count).
The other starting pitchers to throw no-hitters in 2015 are Max Scherzer, Cole Hamels and Chris Heston. Which one of these things doesn’t sound like the other?
It’s the first no-hitter in the American League since 2012, when Iwakuma’s teammate threw a perfect game against the Rays.
Iwakuma threw 116 pitches Wednesday, and he threw a career-high 118 pitches in his last start against Texas on Friday.
Something lost in this game is the fact that Kevin Gausman pitched really well, striking out eight batters in seven innings, with three earned runs.
Which AL Pitcher Will Throw a No-No Next?
I thought we’d take a look at the starting pitchers in the American League to see if we could figure out who will throw a no-hitter next.
Chris Sale, LHP, Chicago White Sox: Finding a pitcher that can strike out batters with power, yet not allow a lot of baserunners because of great command is a good step toward finding the next no-no. Sale is second in K/BB (6.43) in the American League, and his 11.55 strikeouts per nine innings leads all pitchers. He pitches in a surprisingly decent pitcher’s park lately, and he can go the distance.
Michael Pineda, RHP, N.Y. Yankees: The Dominican righty often has problems with injuries (forearm currently), much like Iwakuma, but he can dominate a game when he’s on. He leads the AL in K/BB, and while Yankees Stadium is a hitter’s park, Pineda has just six walks in nine starts on the road, with one complete game.
Chris Archer, RHP, Tampa Bay: The only pitcher with a better K/9 than Archer’s 11.06 is Sale, but Archer pitches in a much friendlier pitcher’s park. Archer’s command isn’t quite as good as Sale’s, but 5.00 K/BB is still top-six in the American League among starting pitchers. He has yet to throw a complete game this season, but he reaches the eighth inning regularly.
Who do you like to throw the next American League no-hitter? One of the big arms on the Indians? Someone whose name rhymes with Spavid Sprice?
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