MLB: The 20 Best Strikeout Pitchers in Baseball (2014)
Of the top 20 strikeout pitchers in the game today – over the course of their careers – the Los Angeles Dodgers have three of them in their starting rotation (two of whom have pitched no-hitters).
Their rival, though, and NL West-leading (at the time of this post) San Francisco Giants have the best strikeout pitcher of them all. It’s Tim Lincecum. He’s just a hair over more-sudden superstar Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers, who are the Dodgers’ counterparts in the American League. The Tigers, too, have three reps below.
Sure, you can look at the league’s cumulative strikeout leaders this year, but what about overall – the true natural and career-consistent – strikeout pitchers? In other words, who has the most strikeouts per innings pitched, or, more applicably, most strikeouts per what would be a complete game (sans extras): nine innings.
That would be these guys.Follow @VinGetz
|PITCHER||CAREER K/9 IP||ARM||CURRENT TEAM|
|1.||Tim Lincecum||9.56||R||San Francisco Giants|
|2.||Max Scherzer||9.52||R||Detroit Tigers|
|3.||Clayton Kershaw||9.34||L||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|4.||Oliver Perez||9.19||L||Arizona Diamonbacks|
|5.||Francisco Liriano||9.11||L||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|6.||Yovani Gallardo||8.72 (8.7224)||R||Miwaukee Brewers|
|7.||Scott Kazmir||8.72 (8.7176)||L||Oakland A’s|
|8.||Erik Bedard||8.62||L||Tampa Bay Rays|
|9.||Jake Peavy||8.56||R||Boston Red Sox|
|10.||Cole Hamels||8.54||L||Philadelphia Phillies|
|11.||Felix Hernandez||8.48||R||Seattle Mariners|
|12.||Justin Verlander||8.38||R||Detroit Tigers|
|13.||Josh Beckett||8.36||R||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|14.||David Price||8.34||L||Tampa Bay Rays|
|15.||A.J. Burnett||8.27||R||Philadelphia Phillies|
|16.||Ubaldo Jimenez||8.24||R||Baltimore Orioles|
|17.||Jon Lester||8.17||L||Boston Red Sox|
|18.||Zack Greinke||8.06||R||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|19.||C.J. Wilson||8.03||L||Los Angeles Angels|
|20.||Anibal Sanchez||7.98||R||Detroit Tigers|
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