Great Pitchers in MLB History Without a No-Hitter
I am not sure that 2012 will end up being considered the next “Year of the Pitcher,” but baseball fans have been treated to a myriad of incredible pitching performances thus far. This season, we have witnessed six no-hitters with three of them being perfect games (Humber, Weaver, Santana, Cain, Millwood-League-Wilhelmsen-Furbush-Pryor-Luetge and Hernandez).
History has seen its share of great pitchers, but who are the great pitchers in MLB history to never throw a no-hitter?
1. Grover Cleveland Alexander
Over his unbelievable 20-year career, he led the league in wins, strikeouts and complete games six times, WHIP five times and ERA four times. Many consider him to be the greatest pitcher ever, but he could never quite put together that magical game.
2. Greg Maddux
He won the Cy Young award four times in a row, and he is renowned for having some of the best accuracy in the history of pitching. He dominated from the mound during the most offensively impressive era in the history of MLB.
3. Pedro Martinez
Like Maddux, Pedro managed to put together unbelievable seasons in the face of astonishing offensive competition. He won the Cy Young three times, has a career ERA under 3.00 and is one of the greatest pitchers in Red Sox history.
4. Lefty Grove
He led the league in ERA nine times over the span of his 17-year career, and he led the league in Ks each of his first seven seasons in the league. Without a doubt, he is one of the greatest lefty pitchers ever.
5. Steve Carlton
He had five 20-win seasons and over 4,000 strikeouts during his career. He is one of only 24 pitchers in history to have 300+ wins over his career.
Current pitchers with the best chance of throwing the next no-no (that don’t already have one):
1. David Price
2. Clayton Kershaw
3. Stephen Strasburg
4. R.A. Dickey
5. Cole Hamels
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