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MLB Power Rankings: Which Pitcher from Each Team Could Throw a No-Hitter?

Jennifer WoodContributor IJune 15, 2011

MLB Power Rankings: Which Pitcher from Each Team Could Throw a No-Hitter?

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    PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 10: Starting pitcher Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park on June 10, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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    After Justin Verlander's near no-no (again), it's time to figure out who will be the one pitcher from each team most likely to throw a no-hitter this season. Suspending reality for a moment, we will pretend that every team will have one of their pitchers throw a no-hitter. This is the list of the pitchers who will do that for each team. The list will take into account: pitching ability, past performances, and surprise factor.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Ian Kennedy

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 31:  Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy #31 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Florida Marlins during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on May 31, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    Here's Ian Kennedy's line so far: 7-2, 3.23 ERA, 75 K, 1.09 WHIP. Now, you might be wondering, "why not Daniel Hudson?" Hudson may lead the D-Backs in wins and strikeouts, but Kennedy has him beat in ERA and WHIP. Hudson's WHIP is 1.28 compared with Kennedy's 1.09.

    Besides, look at that face. That is a face with "no-hitter" written all over it.

Atlanta Braves: Jair Jurrjens

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JUNE 09: Jair Jurrjens  # 49 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on June 9, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    The line: 8-3, 2.13 ERA, 49 K, 1.09 WHIP. Hasn't this guy already flirted with a no-no this season? Probably. He was named NL pitcher of the month for May. If anyone on the Braves is going to throw a no-hitter, it's going to be this guy.

Baltimore Orioles: Zach Britton

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    BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 03:  Starting pitcher Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles talks with catcher Matt Wieters #32 after giving up a run in the second inning to the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 3, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryl
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    I'm pretty sure the expression on Zach Britton's face in this photo sums up how Orioles fans are feeling. It's cool though, Zach. You've been picked to throw the no-hitter for the O's in this fictional season! Congrats! I would have gone with Jake Arrieta, but his ERA was too high for me to justify it.

    Here's Britton's line: 6-4, 3.18 ERA, 47 K, 1.23 WHIP.

Boston Red Sox: Clay Buchholz

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    BOSTON, MA - JUNE 03:  Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox sends the ball to first to try and pick of David DeJesus of the Oakland Athletics on June 3, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Surprise! Nope, no Josh Beckett. No Jon Lester, either. This one is going to be a surprise performance by Clay Buchholz. Last time out, Buchholz pitched 7 solid innings, allowing only one earned run and three hits. Not too shabby.

Chicago Cubs: Ryan Dempster

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    CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 13: Ryan Dempster # 46 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 13, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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    Yes, Ryan Dempster's record is 5-5. Yes, his ERA is 5.48. However, I still can't believe the Rays got rid of Matt Garza and I just don't want Carlos Zambrano to throw one. Next on the list was Dempster.

Chicago White Sox: Philip Humber

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    SEATTLE - MAY 06:  Starting pitcher Philip Humber #41 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 6, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won 3-2. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Philip Humber has the fifth lowest WHIP in the MLB. Seriously. It's 0.97. This will be the guy on the White Sox to pull out a no-no when the time is right.

Cincinnati Reds: Travis Wood

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    CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 5: Travis Wood #30 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Great American Ball Park on June 5, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Dodgers defeated the Reds 9-6. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    The leaders for the Reds in ERA all have an ERA over 5.00. Wood's is 5.38. Let's be honest, I picked him because his last name is the same as mine. How cool would it be to share a last name with a guy who threw a no-no?

    Plus, it's my list and I'll do what I want.

Cleveland Indians: Josh Tomlin

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 12:  Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch in the first inning against the New York Yankees on June 12, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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    I think the most astounding thing about Tomlin is that in 82.2 IP, he has only walked 12. Just let that sit with you for a bit. Yes, I know walks aren't hits, but that is still pretty awesome.

Colorado Rockies: Jhoulys Chacin

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 04:  Jhoulys Chacin #45 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the San Francisco Giants during an MLB game at AT&T Park on June 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Man, what happened to Ubaldo Jimenez? I bet Jhoulys Chacin doesn't really care. He leads the Rockies in their pitching categories of wins (7), strikeouts (74), ERA (2.90) and WHIP (1.09). He also has the hardest name to spell on the team.

Detroit Tigers: Justin Verlander

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    DETROIT, MI - JUNE 14: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws a eighth inning pitch while playing the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on June 14, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 4-0. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    He already did it against Toronto. Come on, was it going to be anyone else?

Florida Marlins: Anibal Sanchez

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JUNE 10: Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Florida Marlins delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Sun Life Stadium on June 10, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
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    Sanchez has already thrown two complete games and one shutout this season. He only has one loss on his record and has only given up eight home runs in over 80 IP.

Houston Astros: Bud Norris

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    HOUSTON - JUNE 14:  Pitcher Bud Norris #20 of the Houston Astros throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Minute Maid Park on June 14, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    For a team that is 13 games out of first place in the NL Central, the Astros' pitching isn't that bad. At least, it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Norris held the offensively-charged St. Louis Cardinals to one hit in eight innings. Not bad.

Kansas City Royals: Jeff Francis

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 10:  Jeff Francis #26 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 10, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    The Kansas City Royals pitching staff has a tendency to give up hits all over the place. That being said, look for Jeff Francis to be the pitcher on the mound when they don't give up any.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Jered Weaver

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    SEATTLE - JUNE 14:  Starting pitcher Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts as the final out is made in a complete game 4-0 shutout against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 14, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto
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    The line: 8-4, 2.06 ERA, 96 K, 0.92 WHIP. Weaver will do it for the Angels. If he doesn't, Dan Haren will.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw

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    DENVER, CO - JUNE 09:  Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    He pitched a complete game against the Florida Marlins and only allowed two hits while striking out 10.

Milwaukee Brewers: Yovani Gallardo

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    CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 14:  Starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 14, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Yovani Gallardo is an interesting pitcher. One game he gives up a lot of hits, the next game he only gives up a couple. Gallardo will pitch a no-no followed by a game with a lot of hits.

Minnesota Twins: Francisco Liriano

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 12: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Texas Rangers during the second inning of their game on June 12, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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    I get a text message from ESPN every time a pitcher takes a no-hitter into roughly the 7th inning. If it's a Yankee, Phillie, or Red Sox, ESPN lets me know at about the 6th inning.

    I have two problems with this:

    1. Who talks about a no-no while it's in progress? Seriously, who does that (MLB Network does it, too. I'm not putting all of the blame on ESPN for this one)?

    2. Off of that, when will they just let Liriano finally throw another no-no without jinxing him?

    One day ESPN and MLB Network will figure it out and not break the cardinal rule of baseball. That day will be the day Francisco Liriano finally throws another no-hitter.

New York Mets: Dillon Gee

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 10:  Dillon Gee #35 of the New York Mets pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on June 10, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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    Dillon Gee is 7-0 for the Mets. I'm not making that up. He hasn't lost a game yet. His WHIP isn't bad either at 1.10. The best part? He's a rookie.

New York Yankees: C.C. Sabathia

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 14:  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers on June 14, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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    C.C. Sabathia grew up in the Bay Area. I did as well. So, automatically, I will be biased. C.C. does have the numbers to back this up. He has the most wins for the Yankees (eight), a not bad WHIP (1.23) and a whole bunch of strikeouts (81). He does have a tendency to give up a lot of hits, but I think he can pull a no-no out if he really wanted to.

Oakland Athletics: Gio Gonzalez

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    CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 11: Gio Gonzalez # 47 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago White Sox on June 11, 2011 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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    He's a better pitcher than a guy with a 5-5 record. His best start in his last 10 was a seven inning start against the Angels. He held them to one hit and got the win.

Philadelphia Phillies: Roy Halladay

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    PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 10: Starting pitcher Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park on June 10, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 7-5. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty
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    Roy Halladay has to throw a no-hitter in every season. It's in his contract. He gets a bonus for perfect games.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Jeff Karstens

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    HOUSTON - JUNE 14:  PItcher Jeff Karstens #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after being called for a balk in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 14, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    He may not have the most wins for the Pirates, but the Pirates don't have the best offense in the MLB. He hasn't been allowing that many hits in his past few starts. If anyone for the Buccos can throw a no-no, it's going to be Karstens.

San Diego Padres: Dustin Moseley

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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 20: Starting pitcher Dustin Moseley #26 of the San Diego Padres delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Padres 2-1 in 11 innings. (Photo by Jonathan Dani
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    Don't let Dustin Moseley's 2-6 record fool you. Since I live in San Diego, I hear all about the woes of the Padres. Moseley's numbers are respectable coming from a team that has a .435 winning percentage. He posts a team best 3.16 ERA and a 1.29 ERA.

San Francisco Giants: Tim Lincecum

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 11: Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants sits in the dugout looking up at the score board after being taken out down 6 to 0 against the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning during a MLB baseball game June 11, 2011 at AT&T P
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    There's a rumor that the Freak will do a back-flip off the mound if he throws a perfect game. I want to see if the same is true if he throws a no-hitter. The only thing that might prevent this is his recent slide. However, last time he struggled (August 2010), he came back and dominated the rest of the season and into the postseason.

Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez

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    SEATTLE - JUNE 02:  Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners smiles as he leaves the field in the seventh inning  against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field on June 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Felix Hernandez already has 103 K and a 1.19 WHIP in 106.1 IP. Michael Pineda has a better ERA and WHIP, but it's only fitting if King Felix gets it done.

St. Louis Cardinals: Kyle Lohse

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 4: Starter Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on June 4, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals beat the Cubs 5-4 in 12 innings.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    I was going to go with Jaime Garcia for this one, but then I looked at Lohse's numbers. He put up a complete game shutout against the Washington Nationals and allowed only two hits. He also has a 1.02 WHIP.

Tampa Bay Rays: David Price

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    BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 11:  David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    Not only will David Price throw the no-hitter for the Rays, he'll also hit a home run in the game. This is mainly so we can see that awesome home run trot, complete with cartwheels, a slide and a forward roll into home.

Texas Rangers: C.J. Wilson

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 10: C.J. Wilson #36 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their game on June 10, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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    Without Cliff Lee on the staff, C.J. Wilson will have a chance to show just how good he really is.

Toronto Blue Jays: Ricky Romero

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    BALTIMORE - JULY 16:  Ricky Romero #24 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on July 16, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    I'll be honest, I'm not very familiar with the Toronto Blue Jays. Here's Romero's line: 5-6, 3.18 ERA, 75 K, 1.23 WHIP. He's already pitched two complete games this season so we know he can go the distance.

Washington Nationals: Jordan Zimmermann

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 12: Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Washington Nationals pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against  the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on June 12, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Nationals won 2-0.  (Photo by Denis Po
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    Poor Jordan Zimmermann. He has some solid numbers despite having a 4-6 record. You can't control your team's offense.

    Here's his line: 4-6, 3.10 ERA, 61 K, 1.08 WHIP.

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