Stark: Verlander so close to joining elite list of pitchers with four no-hitters

From SABR member Jayson Stark at on August 27, 2015:

If Justin Verlander ever wants to contemplate what might have been, he can contemplate this:

He’s five outs away from joining this exalted list of men who have thrown at least four no-hitters:

Nolan Ryan 7

Sandy Koufax 4

And that’s a wrap.

It’s mind-boggling to think of how close Verlander came to hanging out in that club. A Chris Iannetta double off the left-field chalk with no outs in the ninth on Wednesday. A Josh Harrison thunker up the middle, on a lunging flail at a 1-and-2 slider, with one out in the ninth, back on May 18, 2012.

And that’s all that stands between the Tigers ace and lining up the baseballs from four no-hitters on his memorabilia shelf. Wow.

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Originally published: August 27, 2015. Last Updated: August 27, 2015.