Matt Cain’s perfect game against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night is all the talk in baseball.
And rightfully so. It is already being lauded as one of the best statistical pitching performances ever—without hyperbole.
But now that Cain’s 14-strikeout gem is in the books, a new question arises: Who is next in line to throw a perfecto?
Don’t be shocked if it happens again soon. Five of the 20 perfect games thrown in the modern era have come in the past four seasons: Mark Buehrle in 2009, Dallas Braden and Roy Halladay in 2010, and Philip Humber and Cain in 2012.
The Boston Red Sox’s starting pitching has been up-and-down this season, but they have developed a reputation for no-hitters in the past decade. No team in baseball has thrown more than Boston’s four no-nos since 2001.
So which current member of the Red Sox starting rotation is most likely to catch lightning in a bottle and throw a perfect game?