Homer Bailey threw no-hitters on September 28, 2012 and on July 2, 2013. Jake Arrieta authored his on August 30, 2015 and April 21 of this season.
The no-hitters are not the only things the two pitchers have in common. Both were drafted by the Reds in the 2004 draft. Bailey was the Reds first pick out of La Grange High School in 2004. Arrieta was drafted by the Reds out of Plano East High School in the 31st round but didn't sign.
Arrieta is just two months older than Bailey and they were both raised in Texas but they are also workout partners of six years on a football field in Austin, Texas where they play long toss to get ready for spring training.
Bailey debuted in 2007. Arrieta went through the Balitimore system and made his Major League debut in 2010 but it was a change of systems to the Cubs that set Arrieta on his way to the 2015
"He always had good stuff," Bailey said. "The difference was the Cubs just gave him the ball and told him to get hitters out."
Without trying to change his mechanics and approach, Arrieta was able to figure things out on his own and it has paid off with a Cy Young Award.
Bailey is coming off his second surgery and is presently in a holding pattern as he finishes his rehab. He was expected to be ready by the first of May.