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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Randy Johnson and Sandy Koufax struck out over 400 in a season.

Since 1901 only two pitchers struck out at least 400 batters, including World Series and tournament: Randy Johnson and Sandy Koufax.

Johnson 2001: (372+9+19+19)=419

Koufax 1965: (382+29)=411

Since 1901 three pitchers held the season record for SO:

Rube Wadell 1904: 349 in 383 innings: 8.20 per 9 innings
Sandy Koufax 1965: 382 in 336: 10.24
Nolan Ryan 1973 (first year of DH): 383 in 326: 10.57 (#14 among 300 SO seasons)

Bob Feller 1946, only season >=300: 348 in 371: 8.43

Since 1901 at least 300 SO occurred 34 times, including multiples by individuals, led by six each for Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan; three each for Koufax and Curt Schilling; two: Wadell, Walter Johnson, Sam McDowell, J.R. Richard, Pedro Martinez.

Oldest: Ryan 42 in 1989, then Randy Johnson 38, 37, 36, 35
Youngest: Vida Blue 21 in 1971 (21 of 34 younger than 30)

Most innings: Wadell 383 (14 of 34 >=300)
Fewest innings: Martinez 213 (20 of 34 fewer than 300)

23 of the 34 has SO9 greater than 9.

1901 to 2015, SO>=300 sorted by greatest Strikeouts per 9 IP:
Rk Player SO9 SO Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB ERA FIP ERA+ HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Randy Johnson 13.41 372 2001 37 ARI NL 35 34 3 2 1 21 6 .778 0 249.2 181 74 69 71 2.49 2.13 188 19 994 890 33 2 2 18 10 5 17 19 15 4 1 8 .203 .274 .309 .583 50 4076 2638
2 Pedro Martinez 13.20 313 1999 27 BOS AL 31 29 5 1 1 23 4 .852 0 213.1 160 56 49 37 2.07 1.39 243 9 835 780 38 0 1 9 3 6 11 21 10 0 0 6 .205 .248 .288 .536 35
3 Randy Johnson 12.56 347 2000 36 ARI NL 35 35 8 3 0 19 7 .731 0 248.2 202 89 73 76 2.64 2.53 181 23 1001 900 45 2 1 6 14 5 15 26 16 6 2 5 .224 .288 .356 .643 63 4021 2595
4 Randy Johnson 12.12 329 1998 34 TOT ML 34 34 10 6 0 19 11 .633 0 244.1 203 102 89 86 3.28 2.90 135 23 1014 907 38 1 1 14 5 2 13 31 19 3 2 7 .224 .300 .344 .644 71
5 Randy Johnson 12.06 364 1999 35 ARI NL 35 35 12 2 0 17 9 .654 0 271.2 207 86 75 70 2.48 2.76 184 30 1079 993 28 4 3 9 4 3 14 42 17 5 2 4 .208 .266 .335 .601 55
6 Clayton Kershaw 11.64 301 2015 27 LAD NL 33 33 4 3 0 16 7 .696 0 232.2 163 62 55 42 2.13 1.99 175 15 890 839 26 2 1 5 4 0 8 7 9 9 3 9 .194 .237 .284 .521 49 3392 2303
7 Randy Johnson 11.56 334 2002 38 ARI NL 35 35 8 4 0 24 5 .828 0 260.0 197 78 67 71 2.32 2.66 195 26 1035 945 42 5 1 13 4 2 19 19 15 3 2 3 .208 .273 .346 .619 59 3991 2620
8 Pedro Martinez 11.37 305 1997 25 MON NL 31 31 13 4 0 17 8 .680 0 241.1 158 65 51 67 1.90 2.39 219 16 947 860 24 4 5 9 9 1 16 20 5 3 1 3 .184 .250 .277 .526 42
9 Nolan Ryan 11.32 301 1989 42 TEX AL 32 32 6 2 0 16 10 .615 0 239.1 162 96 85 98 3.20 2.51 124 17 988 867 28 2 3 9 9 5 4 36 6 0 1 19 .187 .275 .283 .557 56
10 Curt Schilling 11.29 319 1997 30 PHI NL 35 35 7 2 0 17 11 .607 0 254.1 208 96 84 58 2.97 2.62 143 25 1009 930 49 7 3 5 8 8 16 9 9 3 1 5 .224 .271 .372 .643 71
11 Curt Schilling 10.97 316 2002 35 ARI NL 36 35 5 1 0 23 7 .767 0 259.1 218 95 93 33 3.23 2.40 140 29 1017 974 32 8 1 3 5 2 11 9 6 0 0 6 .224 .251 .362 .613 57 3721 2630
12 Randy Johnson 10.86 308 1993 29 SEA AL 35 34 10 3 1 19 8 .704 1 255.1 185 97 92 99 3.24 3.05 135 22 1043 913 37 3 1 16 8 7 16 28 12 2 2 8 .203 .290 .322 .612 64
13 Sam McDowell 10.71 325 1965 22 CLE AL 42 35 14 3 5 17 11 .607 4 273.0 178 80 66 132 2.18 2.08 161 9 1116 963 30 0 7 6 13 2 23 4 9 2 0 17 .185 .286 .244 .531 56
14 Nolan Ryan 10.57 383 1973 26 CAL AL 41 39 26 4 2 21 16 .568 1 326.0 238 113 104 162 2.87 2.49 123 18 1355 1172 53 5 2 7 7 7 24 37 10 4 0 15 .203 .302 .303 .605 78
15 Nolan Ryan 10.43 329 1972 25 CAL AL 39 39 20 9 0 19 16 .543 0 284.0 166 80 72 157 2.28 2.49 128 14 1154 973 25 3 4 10 11 3 17 40 9 1 0 18 .171 .291 .246 .537 70
16 Nolan Ryan 10.35 327 1976 29 CAL AL 39 39 21 7 0 17 18 .486 0 284.1 193 117 106 183 3.36 2.91 99 13 1196 990 33 8 2 5 13 4 12 44 23 6 2 5 .195 .322 .284 .606 84
17 Nolan Ryan 10.26 341 1977 30 CAL AL 37 37 22 4 0 19 16 .543 0 299.0 198 110 92 204 2.77 3.12 141 12 1272 1027 23 3 7 9 22 10 21 43 19 7 3 21 .193 .329 .256 .585 64
18 Sandy Koufax 10.24 382 1965 29 LAD NL 43 41 27 8 2 26 8 .765 2 335.2 216 90 76 71 2.04 1.93 160 26 1297 1205 29 7 4 5 13 3 13 16 4 1 0 11 .179 .227 .280 .507 52
19 Curt Schilling 10.05 300 1998 31 PHI NL 35 35 15 2 0 15 14 .517 0 268.2 236 101 97 61 3.25 2.77 134 23 1089 1000 56 6 3 6 14 7 18 10 5 0 0 12 .236 .282 .373 .655 74
20 Mike Scott 10.00 306 1986 31 HOU NL 37 37 7 5 0 18 10 .643 0 275.1 182 73 68 72 2.22 2.16 161 17 1065 976 41 5 6 2 8 6 11 41 12 2 0 3 .186 .242 .291 .533 53
21 Nolan Ryan 9.93 367 1974 27 CAL AL 42 41 26 3 1 22 16 .579 0 332.2 221 127 107 202 2.89 2.98 118 18 1392 1165 38 6 3 9 12 4 24 28 21 3 0 9 .190 .313 .279 .592 76
22 J.R. Richard 9.90 303 1978 28 HOU NL 36 36 16 3 0 18 11 .621 0 275.1 192 104 95 141 3.11 2.51 106 12 1139 979 33 8 4 2 13 4 14 34 14 6 3 16 .196 .298 .283 .580 74
23 J.R. Richard 9.64 313 1979 29 HOU NL 38 38 19 4 0 18 13 .581 0 292.1 220 98 88 98 2.71 2.21 130 13 1175 1051 38 7 5 3 14 8 17 28 10 1 1 19 .209 .277 .296 .573 65
24 Sam McDowell 8.97 304 1970 27 CLE AL 39 39 19 1 2 20 12 .625 0 305.0 236 108 99 131 2.92 3.07 134 25 1257 1107 31 6 10 7 8 4 23 2 11 5 0 17 .213 .299 .320 .619 74
25 Sandy Koufax 8.86 306 1963 27 LAD NL 40 40 20 11 0 25 5 .833 0 311.0 214 68 65 58 1.88 1.85 159 18 1210 1135 28 6 7 3 13 1 9 11 1 0 1 6 .189 .230 .271 .501 54
Rk Player SO9 SO Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB ERA FIP ERA+ HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
26 Sandy Koufax 8.83 317 1966 30 LAD NL 41 41 27 5 0 27 9 .750 0 323.0 241 74 62 77 1.73 2.07 190 19 1274 1178 38 5 4 0 11 8 13 13 5 1 0 7 .205 .252 .294 .545 62
27 Vida Blue 8.68 301 1971 21 OAK AL 39 39 24 8 0 24 8 .750 0 312.0 209 73 63 88 1.82 2.20 183 19 1207 1103 28 3 3 4 9 3 23 7 7 0 1 10 .189 .251 .272 .523 55
28 Bob Feller 8.43 348 1946 27 CLE AL 48 42 36 10 5 26 15 .634 4 371.1 277 101 90 153 2.18 2.16 151 11 1512 1331 3 25 0 16 16 11 2 0 3 .208 .291
29 Rube Waddell 8.39 302 1903 26 PHA AL 39 38 34 4 1 21 16 .568 0 324.0 274 109 88 85 2.44 1.87 125 3 1291 8 0 9 undef undef undef
30 Rube Waddell 8.20 349 1904 27 PHA AL 46 46 39 8 0 25 19 .568 0 383.0 307 109 69 91 1.62 1.59 165 5 1496 14 0 8 undef undef undef
31 Steve Carlton 8.06 310 1972 27 PHI NL 41 41 30 8 0 27 10 .730 0 346.1 257 84 76 87 1.97 2.01 182 17 1351 1244 44 5 8 1 9 9 23 22 12 5 2 8 .207 .257 .291 .548 60
32 Walter Johnson 7.61 313 1910 22 WSH AL 45 42 38 8 3 25 17 .595 1 370.0 262 92 56 76 1.36 1.39 183 1 1367 13 0 21 undef undef undef
33 Walter Johnson 7.39 303 1912 24 WSH AL 50 37 34 7 13 33 12 .733 2 369.0 259 89 57 76 1.39 2.03 240 2 1413 16 0 11 undef undef undef
34 Mickey Lolich 7.37 308 1971 30 DET AL 45 45 29 4 0 25 14 .641 0 376.0 336 133 122 92 2.92 2.85 124 36 1538 1415 49 8 2 7 12 12 22 18 10 2 0 7 .237 .285 .360 .645 84
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Generated 2/28/2016.

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