MLB: Left-Handed Pitchers with the Most Career Strikeouts

Randy Johnson Struck Out More Batters Than Any Other Left Hander

Randy Johnson Struck Out More Batters Than Any Other Left Hander

Which pitchers have the most strikeouts of all time? That answer is here.

But what about just lefties? Yesterday, we looked at the top 20 left-handed pitchers with the most wins. Today, strikeouts. Twelve of the top winners also appear on today’s list, including the top two lefty whiffers, Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton, who just blow away the rest of the field. They both have over 4,000Ks. Carlton is about 1,300 strikeouts over third-place Mickey Lolich, and Johnson is a full 2,000 Ks over Lolich.

Take a look at current New York Yankee CC Sabathia in 14th, the only active campaigner below. If he can stay healthy (on the DL already this season), CC should become a top five left-handed strikeout pitcher, at least. Sabathia has three years (and an additional buyout year in 2017) left on his contract and he’s less than 200 Ks away from Chuck Finley.

PITCHER STRIKEOUTS OVERALL RANK
1. Randy Johnson 4,875 2
2. Steve Carlton 4,136 4
3. Mickey Lolich 2,832 18
4. Frank Tanana 2,773 21
5. Chuck Finley 2,610 23
6. Tom Glavine 2,607 24
7. Warren Spahn 2,583 25
8. Jerry Koosman 2,556 28
9. Mark Langston 2,464 33
10. Jim Kaat 2,461 34
11. Sam McDowell 2,453 35
12. Andy Pettitte 2,448 36
13. Jamie Moyer 2,441 37
14. CC Sabathia 2,437 38
15. Sandy Koufax 2,396 42
16. Rube Waddell 2,316 46
17. Lefty Grove 2,266 49
18. Tommy John 2,245 51
19. David Wells 2,201 54
20. Vida Blue
2,175 56

Photo: cbssports.com

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Posted on May 14, 2014, in MLB Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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