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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander reaches 3,000 career strikeouts, 300 in ‘19

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander reached a pair of milestones Saturday night, becoming the 18th major league pitcher to reach 3,000 career strikeouts and the 19th in the modern era (since 1900) to record 300 strikeouts in a season.

Verlander, 36, entered Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels with 2,994 strikeouts. He achieved the career milestone in the fourth inning when he got Kole Calhoun swinging at a slider. Calhoun reached first, though, on a wild pitch and Andrelton Simmons then gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead with a two-run homer to left-center.

Verlander’s feat was recognized on the scoreboard at Angel Stadium, and he was congratulated by teammates in the Astros dugout at the end of the inning.

According to Baseball-Reference and Retrosheet, it’s the first time a pitcher has recorded his 3,000th strikeout on a wild pitch.



QLE Posted: September 29, 2019 at 12:01 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: September 29, 2019 at 10:03 AM (#5884293)
Good for Justin. Surprising number of active pitchers with a shot. It would bee great if king Félix took a year to get his stuff together and came back strong to make a run at 3000 but I guess not likely. Cole Hamels has to be thinking he can make the Hall if he can get there or very close
   2. Loren F. Posted: September 29, 2019 at 11:05 AM (#5884297)
Verlander seems like a sure bet to make the Hall of Fame (if 2018 didn’t already seal the deal).

Hamels, meanwhile, is an interesting case, in that he’s been chugging along consistently as an above-average and sometimes excellent pitcher. Because he has a low “peak” to his career, it looks like he needs to accumulate enough bulk to make the case for the Hall. He’s closing in on 60 bWAR, but his other numbers don’t look that impressive for a Hall of Famer. I know WAR is more widely accepted than when Kevin Brown fell off the ballot, but a career candidate with less than 3,000 IP or 3,000 Ks seems like a long shot. And I think the low total for “Wins” — as weak as that stat is — may hurt him with some voters.

As is true for every Cooperstown borderline case, it depends on how he holds up in his late 30s. The fact that Hamels hasn’t made it to 200 innings since 2016 (even when only five NL pitchers topped 200 this season) does not bode well for his durability at 37, 38 or older. Often when a player “just needs 4 or 5 more seasons like his last good but unremarkable year”, that player starts a rapid decline. Maybe Hamels will be different? We’ll see.
   3. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: September 29, 2019 at 11:49 AM (#5884303)
Got his 3000th career and 300th for the season in the same game. Anyone else ever do that?
   4. eric Posted: September 29, 2019 at 11:55 AM (#5884306)
I know Clemens got his 4000th strikeout during his 300th win.
   5. ajnrules Posted: September 29, 2019 at 12:05 PM (#5884310)
Got his 3000th career and 300th for the season in the same game. Anyone else ever do that?

Randy Johnson got his 300 and 3000 in the same game on September 10, 2000. Except he got both marks against different batters. He got 300 against Luis Castillo and 3000 against Mike Lowell. Verlander got both against Kole Calhoun. Randy did get it on his birthday.
   6. Booey Posted: September 29, 2019 at 01:00 PM (#5884323)
#2 - Yeah, I think Verlander locked up his HOF spot last year. Now he's just cementing his case as one of the inner circle pitchers of his generation (alongside Kershaw and Scherzer) and guaranteeing that he goes first ballot.

IMO Greinke and Sabathia are the two guys this season that basically made themselves sure bets to get elected. CC didn't add much value, but I think passing 250 wins, 3000 k, and 3500 innings will make sure he doesn't get lumped in with the Hudson/Buehrle compiler types (if his CYA didn't already do that). And Greinke has already had a comparable career to Halladay:

RH: 203-105 (.659), 3.38 ERA, 2749 IP, 131 ERA+, 65.4 WAR, 40.4 WAA (pitching WAR/WAA only)

ZG: 205-123 (.625), 3.35 ERA, 2872 IP, 125 ERA+, 66.7 WAR, 41.7 WAA (pitching WAR/WAA only)

He doesn't have quite the "hooks" that Doc does (1 fewer CYA, 0 no-hitters, a lot less black ink), but he adds extra value in the field (5 GG's), and with the bat (he's already at 71.7 WAR and 46.6 WAA when you add his hitting). He's also just 2 more seasons away from 3000 k and should be able to get his wins total up into the 230-250 range.

Greinke is sort of the Blyleven or Mussina of this generation; whether anyone noticed how good he was or not, when his career is over he won't just be a HOFer, but a no-brainer one. (despite being a year younger he actually has the same WAR and slightly more WAA than Verlander)
   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 29, 2019 at 03:58 PM (#5884386)

Greinke’s two great years were so great that it’s been easy to overlook how good the rest of his career has been. 47.2 career pitching WAR even if you exclude the 10.1 and the 9.4. And it’s hard to say he never felt like a HOFer when he was the best pitcher in baseball twice.
   8. DanG Posted: September 29, 2019 at 07:35 PM (#5884457)
players with multiple years of 7.5 or more Pitching WAR since 2000:

Name           Yrs From   To   Age
Randy Johnson    4 2000 2004 36
Curt Schilling   3 2001 2004 34
Roy Halladay     3 2003 2011 26
Justin Verlander 3 2011 2019 28
Pedro Martinez   2 2000 2003 28
Johan Santana    2 2004 2006 25
Zack Greinke     2 2009 2015 25
Clayton Kershaw  2 2013 2014 25
Corey Kluber     2 2014 2017 28
   9. JL72 Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:06 AM (#5884567)
It seems like this puts Verlander in the lead for the CY. While his last two outings were not stellar, they were respectable enough to keep him in the lead in the AL in Wins, WAR and IP, as well as a close second in ERA, ERA+ and Ks.

Its not that Cole would be a bad choice, just that Verlander seems to be just a bit better plus the story of a 3000 career Ks, 300 Ks this year plus a no-hitter.

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