Chris Sale threw a really particular pitch Tuesday.
On a 1-2 rely to Oscar Mercado in Boston’s matchup with the Indians, Sale was in a position to get a swinging strike on an 81-mph slider to the rookie heart fielder.
That pitch marked the two,000th strikeout of Sale’s profession.
That in and of itself is not all that particular. Eighty-three pitchers have now eclipsed the quantity, nevertheless it was the pace through which Sale did it that was outstanding.
Sale’s 2,000th strikeout got here on his 6,527th batter confronted. That’s the quickest to achieve the quantity breaking Pedro Martinez’s report of 6,834, in response to Ryan M. Spaeder.
Batters confronted to 2,000 profession strikeouts:
Chris Sale – 6,527*
Pedro Martinez – 6,834
Clayton Kershaw – 7,224
Max Scherzer – 7,277
Randy Johnson – 7,284
Nolan Ryan – 7,915
Roger Clemens – 8,796
Steve Carlton – 10,721
*fewest batters confronted to 2,000 strikeouts in baseball historical past
– Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) August 14, 2019
Nearly extra impressively, he completed the feat in practically 150 innings lower than Martinez (1,626 to 1,771 1/3) which was additionally an MLB report.
The strikeout was Sale’s 211th of the season.
That is the seventh straight season through which he has struck out a minimum of 200 batters. And at his present K charge this season, he has an opportunity to as soon as once more break 300 strikeouts which might be his second time to perform that feat within the final three years.