Rays vs. Angels Wednesday MLB probable pitchers, odds: Shohei Ohtani would make history for Halos with no-hitter

Could the Angels make MLB history on Wednesday with a second straight no-hitter? Probably not, but let's at least address Shohei Ohtani's chances.
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I obviously don't have the time to check every single sportsbook out there, but I believe many offer a daily prop on whether there is a no-hitter anywhere around the majors. I know that Caesars Sportsbook did last year and it was something like +1500. Angels rookie Reid Detmers threw a no-no Tuesday night against the Rays, and if ace Shohei Ohtani could follow suit tonight against Tampa Bay, it would make MLB history. The Halos are -120 favorites at Caesars.

The lefty Detmers entered Tuesday's game with a 5.32 ERA on the season and hadn't gone more than five innings. Detmers accomplished the feat while tallying just two strikeouts – the fewest in a no-hitter since Francisco Liriano's in 2011. It was Detmers' 11th career MLB start (he had a few last year but retained rookie status), the seventh-fewest by a pitcher to throw a no-no over the past 50 years. At age 22, Detmers was youngest pitcher to throw one since Anibal Sanchez in 2006. It was the second no-no this season: Five Mets pitchers combined for one on April 29 against Philadelphia.

Everyone knows the only pitcher with back-to-back no-hitters was Cincinnati's Johnny Vander Meer in June 1938. No team has had consecutive games with a no-hitter. Consecutive days? Yes. On May 5, 1917, Ernie Koob of the St. Louis Browns no-hit the White Sox, and teammate Bob Groom repeated the feat in the second game of a doubleheader the following day. That it was the second game of the DH took the back-to-back games out of play. Clubs played a lot more doubleheaders back then.

Ohtani (3-2, 3.08 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) certainly has no-hit stuff. His most recent start was last Thursday in Boston and the right-hander threw seven shutout innings with 11 strikeouts. He also dominated the Astros in Houston in mid-April with six one-hit innings and 12 punchouts. Frankly, I'm not even sure the Angels would let him attempt a no-hitter because he's so valuable and they wouldn't want him overexerting – unless he had a seriously low pitch count.

In two career starts vs. the Rays, Ohtani is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 16 strikeouts. Hitting-wise, he is one home run shy of becoming the third Japanese-born player to reach 100 career home runs in the majors. He would join Hideki Matsui (175) and Ichiro Suzuki (117). Ohtani is +525 to go yard tonight. Mike Trout is not in the lineup for LA. It's simply a rest day for the former MVP. 

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