Miller: Why a 21-K game is MLB’s best record that can actually happen

From Sam Miller at on May 9, 2018:

The coolest individual accomplishment we could reasonably hope to see this baseball season is a 21-strikeout start.* This is just my opinion, which you might not share, and ordinarily that disagreement would be fine and we’d walk away friends.

But the weird thing about this particular record is that our opinion of it could have a tremendous influence on whether it gets set. So I’m going to have to convince you, and if I do you’ll be glad I did, and then it’ll be up to you to convince three friends, and then they each convince three friends, so that one day we all get to share the best day baseball can presently offer.

The strikeouts-in-a-nine-inning-game record has a fun history: Somebody sets it, then (usually) decades pass during which a few pitchers tie it, giving the impression that whatever the record is at the time is an almost impenetrable barrier, able to be reached but not surpassed. Then it gets surpassed!

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Originally published: May 9, 2018. Last Updated: May 9, 2018.