Miller: Somebody is about to strike out 25 batters in nine innings

From Sam Miller at Baseball Prospectus on August 10, 2016:

We all know that pitchers have struck out 20 batters over the course of nine innings before. Those pitchers are, every child knows from school, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens (twice!), Kerry Wood and Max Scherzer. The nine innings stretched from the start of one game to the end of the same game, and are thus visible and recorded cleanly. Twenty strikeouts in a game is, I guess, the

  1. Longest hitting streak
  2. HR in a season
  3. Strikeouts in a game
  4. HRs, career
  5. Consecutive no-hitters
  6. ERA in a season
  7. Homers in a game
  8. RBIs in a season
  9. Stolen bases in a season
  10. Hits, career
  11. Strikeouts in a season
  12. Saves in a season
  13. No-hitters in a career

third most well-known record in baseball, if we’re saying “well-known” equals people knowing the record and knowing at least one of the holders of it. So that’s our starting point: 20 strikeouts over nine innings.

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Originally published: August 10, 2016. Last Updated: August 10, 2016.