Gerrit Cole fans 14, has most strikeouts in AL since Nolan Ryan in 1977
Gerrit Cole fanned 14 Seattle Mariners batters over seven scoreless innings on Tuesday in yet another dominant pitching performance out of the Houston Astros ace.
In doing so, not only did Cole set a franchise record for Ks in the Astros’ 3-0 win, he put himself in some pretty heady company by piling up the most strikeouts the American League has seen since someone named Nolan Ryan back in the 70s.
When Cole struck out Kyle Lewis in the seventh inning during his two-hit outing, it marked his 314th strikeout of the season, which broke J.R. Richard’s 40-year-old single-season franchise record.
The manner in which Cole blew through the Mariners batters was a sight to behold, which was arguably not all that surprising in light of how well he’s pitched all season.
The movement on Gerrit Cole’s 14 Ks is RIDICULOUS. pic.twitter.com/JfTsMAdrYk— MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2019
As noted, Cole’s 314 strikeouts this season are the most Ks by an AL pitcher since Ryan struck out 341 batters way back in 1977.
Gerrit Cole’s 316 strikeouts this season are the most by an American League pitcher since Nolan Ryan had 341 in 1977.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 25, 2019
It’s the most by any pitcher since Randy Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) both did so in 2002. pic.twitter.com/fbMCJOoP6c
Cole has been simply outstanding throughout the 2019 MLB season, and how dominantly he has pitched since the All-Star break has put him squarely in the Cy Young chase alongside fellow Astros starter Justin Verlander.
If the Astros hold on tonight, they will have won all 12 of Gerrit Cole’s starts since the All-Star break. His numbers in that time are nothing short of incredible:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 25, 2019
84.2 IP, 44 H, 14 ER, 14 BB, 133 K, 8 HR, 1.49 ERA, 1.80 FIP
Cole vs. Verlander for AL Cy Young is a tough call.
Anytime a pitcher can even come close to having his name rightfully mentioned in the same breath as Ryan’s obviously speaks for itself. To say Cole has enjoyed a season for the ages would be a huge understatement.