NEW YORK -- On the day the Mets played their 7,982nd consecutive game without a no-hitter, Mike Pelfrey later watched with envy as a former teammate threw a perfect game.
Pelfrey and Chicago's Philip Humber, the latest member of baseball's no-hit club, were Minor League teammates from 2006-07 and first-round Draft picks in consecutive years. Humber later became a key piece of the trade to bring Johan Santana from Minnesota to Flushing, before resurfacing with the White Sox last season.
Midway through the last decade, the two were as highly touted -- if not moreso -- as top pitching prospects Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Jeurys Familia are now. So Pelfrey was not all that surprised to see his former teammate make history with the White Sox.
"Obviously, you're happy for him," Pelfrey said. "If you throw a perfect game in high school, that's impressive, let alone doing it at this level. He was a guy that you looked at and you always knew he had great stuff, especially now that his velocity's back up. Good for him. He's a guy you expect great things out of."
Humber became the seventh pitcher to throw a no-hitter after leaving the Mets, joining David Cone as the only Mets player to throw a perfect game after leaving the organization. The Mets and Padres are the only two franchises never to pitch a no-no, though those seven former Mets have thrown a combined 14 no-hitters for other teams -- including seven from Nolan Ryan.
"I think one day obviously, it's going to happen," Pelfrey said. "I can't tell you when it's going to happen but it's happened to almost every other team, so it's got to happen eventually."