Michael Lorenzen just had a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies. That was a pretty big deal for that team for obvious reasons. What about the last no-hitter in Miami Marlins history? Could the next pitcher to throw one for the team have just been drafted? As The Fish try to make the playoffs, let's take a look back at a strangely forgotten day in team history.
Edinson Volquez threw the last no-hitter in Miami Marlins history.
On June 3, 2017 Miami Marlins starting pitcher Edinson Volquez threw a no-hitter, as the team beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0. Volquez threw 98 pitches and had 10 strikeouts. This si what he said about his performance after:
"It's crazy. In the fourth, I didn't know if I was going to keep pitching. When I got to the seventh, I was like, 'You've got to go for it.' It's a little early to start thinking about a no-hitter in the fifth or the fourth. When I was past the seventh, I was like, 'You've got to do it. You've got to go for it.'"
Edinson Volquez spent 2005-2007 with the Texas Rangers, pitching to a 7.20 ERA/5.83 FIP, with 6.2 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9 in 20 games and 80.0 innings pitched. It definitely did not seem likely that he'd have a no-hitter at any point in his career at this point. He moved on to the Cincinnati Reds for 2008-2011. This time he delivered a 4.17 ERA/4.27 FIP, with 9.2 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 in 74 games and 417.0 innings pitched. Better but he wasn't exactly looking like an ace.
Volquez pitched for the San Diego Padres in 2012, delivering a 4.14 ERA/4.06 FIP, with 8.6 K/9 and 5.2 BB/9 in 32 games and 182.2 innings pitched. He split 2013 between San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers, delivering a 5.71 ERA/4.24 FIP, with 7.5 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 33 games and 170.1 innings pitched. Would anything ever change for him? He seemed to just be a back of the rotation arm.
Edinson Volquez spent 2014 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, delivering a 3.04 ERA/4.15 FIP, with 6.5 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 32 games and 192.2 innings pitched. He clearly overachieved that season. Volquez won the World Series with the Kansas City Royals, spending 2015-2016 with the team. He delivered a 4.43 ERA/4.19 FIP, with 6.8 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 68 games and 389.2 innings pitched.
Now we get to his 2017 season. Volquez's overall results were....underwhelming. He had a 4.19 ERA/4.35 FIP, with 7.9 K/9 and 5.2 BB/9 in 17 games and 92.1 innings pitched. He wasn't an ace, and his control wasn't good to say the least. He spent the final two seasons of his career (2018-2019), with the Texas Rangers. He had a 6.65 ERA in those years.