Will There Be Another Four-Homer Game or No-Hitter in 2017?

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 2:21 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 7, 2017 2:21 PM UTC

In the span of just four days around Major League Baseball, there was an unlikely no-hitter and then an even more unlikely four-homer game. What are the chances we see one or both again in 2017? You can bet on it.

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Gennett, Volquez Have Career Nights

There are no locks in sports betting, but I can guarantee you that 27-year-old Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett will never have another offensive performance in his big-league career like he did on June 6. That’s because Gennett had one of the greatest games in history by going 5-for-5 with four homers and 10 RBIs in a blowout of the St. Louis Cardinals. Gennett became the first major leaguer to have four homers, five hits and 10 RBIs in a game.

He also was just the 17th player to homer four times in a game, and I would argue the least likely since he’s not even a full-time starter on the Reds. Gennett, not a big guy at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, was claimed off waivers from the Brewers in late March and began the night with 38 career home runs in five seasons, including three this year. He was averaging one home run every 46.2 plate appearances. Gennett had only one prior multi-homer game.

Against the Cardinals, he singled his first time up, then homered in four straight at-bats, including a grand slam. Gennett became the seventh player to hit homers in four consecutive at-bats during a game. Only Gennett and former Cardinal Mark Whiten (1993) have had a four-homer game that included a slam. Previously, the shortest span over which Gennett had hit four home runs was a 12-game span

Josh Hamilton was last player to hit four home runs in one game, for the Rangers against the Orioles in May 2012. The last National League player to hit four was Shawn Green, for the Dodgers against the Brewers in May 2002.

Will we see another four-homer game this year? That would be a minor miracle, and 5Dimes has priced an MLB prop on it for simply the month of July. Yes is +825 and no -1725. The only year there have been two of them was 2002 with the Dodgers’ Green and Mariners’ Mike Cameron.

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Meanwhile, on June 3, Miami Marlins right-hander Edinson Volquez, a 33-year-old now on his seventh team, no-hit the Arizona Diamondbacks. He struck out 10 and walked two but still faced the minimum 27 batters thanks to a couple of double plays. It only took Volquez 98 pitches for the complete game. Volquez nearly had to leave after just one batter when he collided with Diamondbacks leadoff man Rey Fuentes as Volquez covered first, rolled his ankle and took a hard fall to the turf.

Volquez entered that game just 1-7 with a 4.44 ERA and hadn’t lasted more than six innings all year. His .125 winning percentage was the lowest by a pitcher at the time of his no-hitter in major league history (minimum three decisions).  Yet Volquez became the first pitcher to throw a non-perfect-game no-hitter and face the minimum number of batters since Detroit’s Justin Verlander did so on May 7, 2011. Volquez joined David Cone (1999 perfect game) as the only pitchers in the past 30 seasons to throw no-hitters with at least 10 strikeouts and fewer than 100 pitches.

It was the first no-no in the majors since Jake Arrieta did it for the Cubs on April 21, 2016, at Cincinnati. It was the first no-hitter by a Marlins pitcher since Henderson Alvarez on the final day of the 2013 regular season.  The Marlins joined MLB as an expansion franchise in 1993 and their six total no-hitters are the most in the majors since then.

5Dimes also offers a prop on whether there will be a no-hitter in July: yes is +175 and no -245. Arrieta’s no-hitter was the only one in 2016. There were a whopping seven of them in 2015, including one in the month of July by Cole Hamels, then with the Phillies, vs. the Cubs.

Keep in mind when making an MLB pick on these props that the All-Star break is in July, so every team loses a few games.

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