To give you an idea of just how improbable Liriano’s no-hitter was? After the outstanding performance, his ERA actually dropped to 6.61.
It was certainly good news for a team who has been absolutely reeling all season long. The Twins, who were largely expected to win the American League Central division, were 9-18 before Tuesday night. They have been playing without the services of their All-Star catcher Joe Mauer, and several stars such as Justin Morneau, Delmon Young and Carl Pavano are off to very poor starts.
For Liriano, the no-hitter follows an outing in which he couldn’t get out of the fourth inning, giving up seven runs on six hits and four walks in a loss to Tampa Bay.
However, Liriano is certainly not alone in being an improbable pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the major leagues.
Here is a list of 10 other pitchers who threw surprise no-hitters when it was least expected.
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