Spencer Strider on pace to easily break historic MLB record

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The Braves took two of three from the young and ascending Orioles over the weekend, including an extra-innings thriller on Sunday afternoon. Saturday’s contest was also dramatic, thanks to a Kevin Pillar solo shot and another gem from Spencer Strider.

The hard-throwing righty allowed two runs on four hits and no walks while fanning 10 batters over five innings; it’s the second double-digit strikeout performance for Strider, avoiding any kind of sophomore slump after a historic rookie campaign.

He leads MLB with 67 strikeouts and has posted a 2.70 ERA and 0.93 WHIP across 40 innings en route to a number of franchise records. Now, he’s staring down another historical record — fewest innings to reach 500 career strikeouts as a starter:

Spencer Strider has accumulated 269 strikeouts in 174 career innings, but some of those are from his time coming out of the bullpen. It wasn’t until May 30 last year that he made his first major league start.

In 2022, he posted 165 strikeouts across 20 starts and 107.1 innings. He’s followed that up with 67 punchouts in 40 innings this season, good for a total of 232 career strikeouts as a starter across 147.1 innings.

If he were to maintain that pace, Strider would break Corbin Burnes‘ record by nearly 50 innings. That’s unbelievable.

Strider’s 15.1 K/9 leads all of baseball, so don’t expect him to slow down anytime soon. If he can remain healthy, the Cy Young will return to Atlanta for the first time since the ’90s when the Braves took the award home six times.

Spencer Strider is the best pitcher on the planet right now, reminiscent of a young Jacob deGrom. His stuff is filthy; the command is almost unfathomable at times. Before his time is done, he’ll have a number of awards and records under his belt.

Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire




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