CBS62logoNEW2013_blue_final_header_White wwj950-sm2011b 971-ticket-35smb 35h_CBSSportsRad_Detroit

Tigers

Tigers Set New AL Strikeout Record, Approach MLB Record

View Comments
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 14: Doug Fister # 58 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals t Comerica Park on September 14, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 14: Doug Fister # 58 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals t Comerica Park on September 14, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

AshleyDunkak Ashley Dunkak
Ashley writes feature stories and news articles about the Lions,...
Read More
Tigers Central
Shop for Tigers Gear
Buy Tigers Tickets

MLB Scoreboard
MLB Standings
Team STATS
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries

Sports Fan Insider

Keep up with your favorite teams and athletes with daily updates.
Sign Up

By Ashley Dunkak
@AshleyDunkak

With seven strikeouts Tuesday from Detroit Tigers starter Doug Fister, one from Drew Smyly and three each from Bruce Rondon and Joaquin Benoit, the Tigers set a new American League record for strikeouts in a season: 1,384.

With that number – and still four games remaining in the regular season – Detroit has a significant lead over all other teams this year. Cleveland is the only other club with at least 1,300, as the Indians have rung up 1,315. Boston is an even more distant third with 1,267 strikeouts recorded.

Three Tigers pitchers sit in the top 15 in the major leagues in strikeouts. Max Scherzer, he of recent 20-win fame, has 230. Struggling ace Justin Verlander has recorded 207. Anibal Sanchez, who missed several starts to injury, has 194.

The record the Tigers just broke only stood for one season; Tampa Bay struck out 1,383 in 2012. If Detroit can approach or break the MLB record, though, its staff might carve out a more significant legacy. The Chicago Cubs set the current record of 1,404 in 2003. The Tigers trail that mark by 20 strikeouts going into the last game of their second-to-last series.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,910 other followers