The next pitcher to throw a no-hitter will be Chris Capuano of the Los Angeles Dodgers or Bruce Chen of the Kansas City Royals.
How do I come to this bold prediction, you ask?
It’s elementary my dear reader.
While no Mets pitcher has pitched a no-hitter in the fifty years since the franchise was founded in 1962, seven pitchers have done so after leaving the Mets. Those seven Met alumni hurlers are Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, David Cone, Dwight Gooden, Hideo Nomo, Mike Scott and now Philip Humber, who pitched the 21st perfect game in MLB history a week ago tomorrow.
So what, you say?
Well it just so happens that the only two other active ex-Mets pitchers who are exclusively starters are none other than…
(dramatic Shatner-esque pause)
Chris Capuano and Bruce Chen.
I rest my case.
Footnote: Ex-Met Livan Hernandez gets honorable mention as a candidate. Although he is currently a long reliever for the Atlanta Braves, he is also a possible spot or emergency starter.
Photo Credits: Chris Capuano, by Jayme-Kamin Onsea/USPRESSWIRE Bruce Chen, by Ed Zurga/Getty Images