From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on June 5, 2017:
Over the weekend, Edinson Volquez threw his first career no-hitter. It was a special evening as the current Marlins and former Royals starter dedicated his performance to Jose Fernandez and Yordano Ventura. It was also a fascinating game from purely a baseball perspective. Volquez has had a bounce-back season following a rough 2016 campaign that featured a 5.37 ERA, but neither his current strikeout rate (8.3 per nine) nor his current walk rate (4.8 per nine) suggested this no-hitter was coming. In fact, based on the calculation we use in The Bill James Handbook, Volquez was just the 53rd most likely starter to throw a no-hitter.
The 10 most likely pitchers to throw a no-hitter include the usual suspects like Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer, but they also include a few more surprising names.
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Originally published: June 5, 2017. Last Updated: June 5, 2017.