As the Nationals noted on Twitter, Scherzer is third-fastest pitcher (in terms of innings pitched) to reach 2,000 K, having done so in 1,784th inning.
The quickest?: 1st: RHP Pedro Martinez (1711.1 IP), 2nd: LHP Randy Johnson (1733.1 IP).
With his 2,000th career strikeout, which came on a 1-2 slider to Rangers’ outfielder Nomar Mazara, Scherzer moved into a tie with one-time Padres, Mariners, Cardinals and D-Backs’ starter Andy Benes for 79th on the All-Time list of MLB’s Strikeout Leaders.
Next on the list, at No. 78, is Catfish Hunter, who collected 2,012 Ks in his 15-year career.
Scherzer has collected 679 of his career strikeouts in his three seasons with the Nats after signing a 7-year/$210M deal with Washington in 2015.
Congrats, Max. Well done. For the record, the All-Time strike out leader in MLB history?
Nolan Ryan with 5,714. So, yeah, that’s a lot of Ks, though he did it over a 27-year career, which is kind of astonishing.
Congrats again, Max.