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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Chris Sale is first pitcher to record 17 strikeouts in seven innings or fewer

Chris Sale is really good at pitching.

The Red Sox pitcher was dealing on Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies, recording a career-high 17 strikeouts in seven innings and making MLB history in the process.

Sale went seven innings, allowing two runs on a two-run homer by Nolan Arenado in the seventh. But other than that, the Rockies didn’t make much contact. Sale struck out his first six batters, one shy of an American League record. He wound up getting eight of the first nine hitters he faced to whiff.

This feels telling about our current moment in baseball, in several different regards.

 

QLE Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, milestones, strikeouts

Monday, May 13, 2019

Examining Félix Hernández’s Hall of Fame case after 2,500 strikeouts

Seattle Mariners starter Félix Hernández joined elite company on Saturday when he reached 2,500 career strikeouts. Among the 35 other players to do so, 22 are in the Hall of Fame and five more — Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia and Max Scherzer — likely to join them before long.

Even more impressively, Hernández is the sixth youngest player to do so at 33 years at 33 days old. That only trails Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Walter Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Tom Seaver and Bert Blyleven.

But one day after reaching the milestone, Hernández landed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain. That’s the way things have been going lately for the one-time Cy Young Award winner.

Once considered a surefire lock for the Hall of Fame, Hernández’s career has rapidly regressed, and he’s likely on the outside looking in for Cooperstown.

A consideration of Felix Hernandez’s chance at the Hall of Fame- nothing that will be news to us, but still something to talk amongst ourselves about.

QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 03:43 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, hall of fame, strikeouts

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Video: Félix Hernández records his 2,500th career strikeout

Mariners right-hander Félix Hernández passed a notable career milestone during Saturday’s start against the Red Sox, becoming just the 36th pitcher in major-league history to record at least 2,500 strikeouts.

The auspicious strikeout arrived in the bottom of the second inning. With runners on the corners and no outs, Hernández worked a 1-2 count against Michael Chavis, who then missed a 92-m.p.h. sinker right on the edge of the strike zone for a called strike three. (In the next at-bat, the right-hander induced a swinging strikeout from Jackie Bradley Jr. for strikeout no. 2,501, too.)

Per the club’s PR department, Hernández is the sixth-youngest MLB pitcher to reach this particular mark. The 33-year-old trails Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Tom Seaver, Pedro Martínez, Walter Johnson, and Nolan Ryan, all of whom were between the ages of 31 and 33 years old when they logged their 2,500th career whiffs.

The sort of thing that makes one wonder what could have been….

 

QLE Posted: May 12, 2019 at 04:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, strikeouts

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

MLB roundup: Sabathia gets 3,000th K, but Yanks fall

New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia struck out five to become the 17th major-leaguer to record 3,000 career strikeouts, but he was outdueled on his historic night by Zack Greinke, who won his fifth straight in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 3-1 victory Tuesday in Phoenix.

Sabathia (1-1), in his 19th and final season, reached the plateau early, striking out the side in the second inning. After Arizona’s Wilmer Flores hit his first homer of the season for a 1-0 lead with two outs, Sabathia surrendered a single to Nick Ahmed before getting John Ryan Murphy swinging on a 1-2 changeup for No. 3,000.

Greinke (5-1) gave up five hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. Greg Holland pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his sixth save.

Sabathia (1-1) yielded two runs on five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Unless it turns out we weren’t counting strikeouts between 1879 and 1903 for some unearthly reason…..

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 05:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, strikeouts, zack greinke

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Milestone Max: Scherzer becomes 35th player in MLB history to record 2,500 strikeouts

Max Scherzer continues to cement his legagy in Major League Baseball, achieving something only 34 others had done prior to his start Friday night.

The 34-year-old became just the 35th pitcher in MLB history to record 2,500 career strikeouts.

It took just 344 games to do so. He joins a pretty elite list.

Something to add to our other discussions about pitcher strikeouts being more common in the current era.

 

QLE Posted: April 27, 2019 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, strikeouts

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Félix Hernández passes Don Drysdale on all-time strikeouts leaderboard

Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.

With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.

I have to wonder: Where would Hernandez be on this list if the last few seasons hadn’t taken the tole that they did?

 

QLE Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:50 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: don drysdale, felix hernandez, strikeouts

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

LEADING OFF: Sabathia nearing 3,000 Ks, Snell’s toe a go

A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday:

SABATHIA’S STRIKEOUTS

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia needs six strikeouts to join Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton as the only left-handers with 3,000 Ks, putting him within reach during a start against the Angels. Sabathia (1-0, 0.00 ERA) would be the 17th player overall to reach the milestone. When he does, he’ll be the first pitcher to do so since John Smoltz in 2008. The 38-year-old Sabathia announced prior to the season that he’ll retire at year’s end.

So, what will he do to celebrate this milestone?

 

QLE Posted: April 24, 2019 at 04:08 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, strikeouts

Friday, April 05, 2019

Chris Davis is hitless with 11 strikeouts in 21 plate appearances to start the season

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis could not have started the 2019 season off worse. After an 0-for-3 performance on Thursday afternoon against the Yankees, which included three strikeouts, manager Brandon Hyde opted to pinch-hit for him with Hanser Alberto in the eighth inning against lefty Zack Britton. Alberto singled to put runners on first and second, but the Orioles couldn’t capitalize.

Davis remains hitless on the season in 21 trips to the plate. He has whiffed in 11 of those plate appearances. On the bright side, he has drawn four walks. Davis also started last season slowly, going hitless in his first 17 plate appearances before registering his first hit, a single, in the Orioles’ fourth game.

The major league record for consecutive games without a hit to begin the season by a non-pitcher is 23 by Eugenio Velez in 2011 with the Dodgers. So, Davis has a long way to go.

When we said we were hoping he’s surpass his 2018 performance, this wasn’t what we meant.

 

QLE Posted: April 05, 2019 at 03:34 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, plate discipline, strikeouts

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MLB concerned at number of strikeouts, says Torre

TOKYO (Reuters) - Major League Baseball is concerned at strikeouts surpassing the number of hits and needs more balls in play to arrest the dip in popularity, the league’s chief baseball officer Joe Torre said on Wednesday.

Last season was the first in the league’s history to feature more strikeouts than hits, leading to calls for changes to increase interest.

Average attendance for regular season games in 2018 fell four percent from the previous year to 28,830 per game, according to MLB, while the total number of fans who showed up at the ballpark fell below 70 million for the first time since 2003.

So, do you have a solution for fixing this, Joe, or are you like Manfred?

 

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: joe torre, mlb, strikeouts

Thursday, February 14, 2019

CC Sabathia has chance to bolster Hall of Fame case before retiring after 2019 season

New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia is expected to announce on Saturday that the upcoming season will be his last, but he still has plenty on the line in 2019.

Not only are the Yankees odds-on favorite to win the World Series, but on the cusp of 3,000 career strikeouts, Sabathia has a chance to pad his resume for a chance at induction into the Hall of Fame.

Baseball is a game of numbers, and boy do people love round numbers. While he won’t have a chance at 300 wins – unless he somehow wins 54 games in relief or reverses course and plays several more years – 3,000 strikeouts is a notable milestone. At 2,986 career punch-outs, he should reach that mark in two to three starts and could pass several legends by season’s end.

Notes on a pitcher on his way out.

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, retirement tour, strikeouts

 

 

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