On Tuesday evening, Homer Bailey made history, thrusting himself into a select group of starting pitchers in baseball that have thrown multiple no-hitters.
Armed with a combination of great stuff, maturity and pinpoint control, Bailey has transformed himself from an enigmatic prospect into one of the best pitchers in the sport. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Bailey had pitched to a 4.89 ERA over 78 career starts.
Since that moment, the Reds have unearthed an ace, capable of leading them deep into October. Dating back to the start of the 2012 season, Bailey has pitched to a 3.64 ERA, 3.52 FIP and 3.60 xFIP over 50 starts. His 5.5 WAR is tied with Zack Greinke for 21st among all starting pitchers in the sport during the time frame, besting R.A. Dickey, Madison Bumgarner, and Matt Cain.
While his path to no-hit stardom wasn't easy to predict, the writing may be on the wall for some of the other gifted arms in the sport.
Here are the next six pitchers destined to join Bailey in the illustrious multiple no-hitter club.
All advanced statistics via fangraphs.com unless otherwise noted.