Verlander's Third No-Hitter Will Come Eventually

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIMay 19, 2012

DETROIT, MI - MAY 18:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the fifth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park on May 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Every time Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander hits the mound, there is a chance of him pitching a no-hitter.  That's how good he is.  Verlander was looking for the third no-hitter of his career and the eighth in Tigers history on Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He lost it in the ninth inning after a breaking ball that was hit by Pirates DH Josh Harrison. 

With being that close, you may just wonder when Verlander's third no-hitter will come, and possibly a fourth.  When Verlander's pitching with accuracy and the right placement, he's very difficult to hit.  It was his first one-hitter as he struck out 12 and allowed two walks in the process. 

Legend Nolan Ryan had four no-hitters that ended in the ninth inning during his time.  It's a tough time for pitchers.  The adrenaline is going, the feeling of being almost to the finish line and the fear of throwing the wrong pitch is all there. 

The 29-year-old Detroit ace will hope to join elusive company if he does achieve his third no-hitter.  Ryan had seven no-hitters, while Sandy Koufax had four. Bob Feller, Cy Young and Larry Corcoran had three. 

Last year's American League MVP and Cy Young winner will achieve Hall-of-Fame status with his third no-hitter.  The other two came against Milwaukee in 2007 and Toronto in May of 2011.  It's a matter of time before Verlander has one of those magical nights again. 

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Verlander's array of pitches is nearly impossible for hitters to solve on certain nights.  During the one-hitter against the Pirates, Verlander was throwing in the upper-90s and up to 100 mph in the eighth inning.  It was a remarkable performance to watch.