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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Zack Greinke Becomes Fifth MLB Pitcher to Strike Out 1,000 Different Players

Zack Greinke is competing in his 20th Major League Baseball season, which means he has the opportunity to reach some rare career milestones. On Saturday, the Royals right-hander became part of an exclusive club that even some of the best pitchers ever couldn’t join.

By striking out Brewers rookie outfielder Joey Weimer, Greinke became the fifth pitcher ever to strikeout 1,000 different players, joining Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens. After his most recent start, Greinke now has 2,914 total strikeouts, which ranks No. 20 in baseball history.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2023 at 09:14 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: May 17, 2023 at 02:11 PM (#6128686)
I've struck out with 1,000 different women, but I digress.
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 17, 2023 at 04:11 PM (#6128731)
I’m dusting off a Primey for that one.
   3. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 17, 2023 at 04:26 PM (#6128735)
I wonder if Walter Johnson even faced 1,000 different batters in his career.
   4. DL from MN Posted: May 17, 2023 at 05:04 PM (#6128744)
He's at 32 strikeouts in 9 starts this year. At that pace it will take another 25 starts to break 3000. I think he ends the season just short.
   5. DL from MN Posted: May 17, 2023 at 05:13 PM (#6128747)
Kershaw is 44 K behind Greinke but is striking out many more batters per inning (10.6 K/9 vs 6.2 K/9). At those rates in 99 more innings Kershaw should nudge slightly ahead (assuming both pitch the same innings). Very likely Kershaw is ahead of Greinke on the strikeout leaderboard at the end of this season.

Nobody else is really close to 3000Ks. Aaron Nola might have the best odds to be the next to reach that milestone (besides Kershaw and Greinke).
   6. Booey Posted: May 17, 2023 at 05:59 PM (#6128765)
#5 - I'd bet on Cole over Nola easily.

Also Sale and deGrom if they can stay healthy, but...yeaaaah.
   7. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 17, 2023 at 09:05 PM (#6128815)
So I noodled around about Johnson facing less than 1,000 batters. BRef has data back to 1914 and that data is incomplete. Johnson started in 1907. The number of uniques in the 1914 - 1927 cohort was 344 but I don’t know how incomplete the data is.

Looking at it another way, if he faced 25 * 7 batters his first year, and rosters turned over at a 25% rate, that would be only ~45 new batters per year. 45*20 would be 900 “new” batters he faced in years 2-21, plus the original 175. Players didn’t change leagues very frequently back then.

In his last pretty big year* (1924), 277.2 innings, he faced 122 unique batters, at least according to BRef data.
(In 18 PAs, Babe Ruth slashed a .583/.722/1.167 against him.)

So maybe < 1,000 batters isn’t such a stretch.

*Average year for WJ, career year for mere mortals.
   8. DL from MN Posted: May 18, 2023 at 09:35 AM (#6128897)
I'd bet on Cole over Nola easily.

This whole cohort is going to be hurt by losing 100 games during their prime.

Greinke is already > 3000 Ks if you include postseason games.
   9. Rob_Wood Posted: May 18, 2023 at 01:29 PM (#6128909)
Retrosheet box score event files could be used to "identify" batters Walter Johnson faced in games/seasons for which play-by-play is unavailable. Since it is only box score detail, you'd probably have to assume that Johnson faced each opposing batter in the game (of course, that would be an upper bound). A coarser approach would be to simply compile a list of all opposing players in the league during Johnson's career.
   10. kirstie819 Posted: May 21, 2023 at 08:16 AM (#6129333)
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   11. McCoy Posted: May 21, 2023 at 11:57 AM (#6129350)
I feel like somebody in one of the SABR journals did a Walter vs every hitter type study. I know someone did it for Ty Cobb.

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