Strasburg becomes fastest pitcher to 1,500 strikeouts

Ben Krimmel
May 03, 2019 - 10:29 am
Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg becomes fastest pitcher to 1500 strikeouts.

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The Washington Nationals snapped a losing streak and made a little MLB history in the process on Thursday.

With a called strike on a 1-2 breaking pitch to Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson, Stephen Strasburg tallied his eighth strikeout of the game and became the fastest pitcher to 1,500 strikeouts in baseball history. He needed just 1,272 1/3 innings to accomplish the feat. 

"I was told a long time ago that strikeouts aren’t everything and I think it’s important to be able to put guys away when you have two strikes,” Strasburg said after the Nats' 2-1 win. “But at the same time I get myself into trouble when I’m trying to strike them out.”

Strasburg beat Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale's record by 17 2/3 innings.

Strasburg finished with nine strikeouts on the game and improved to 3-1 on the season, lowering his ERA to 3.45 over 44 1/3 innings.

“Kudos to Stephen Strasburg,” Nats manager Dave Martinez said. “He gets ready and all of a sudden it’s pouring down rain again … and then he goes out there and does what he does. That was awesome.”

Strasburg, who Washington made the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, is a three-time All-Star. He's topped 200 Ks in a season twice, leading the NL with 242 Ks in 2014 and finished with 204 in 2017, his best year as a starter. 

However, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo announced after the game the team fired pitching coach Derek Lilliquist.

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