Countless pitchers have played in the MLB but no one has ever been able to be the one with 2000th strikeouts in his career except for Red Sox’s Chris Sale.
The left-handed pitcher of Boston Red Sox handed an 81 mph slider near the end of the third innings on Tuesday’s game of Red Sox Vs Cleveland Indians to reach the 2000th strikeout milestone in his 1626 innings. He made the pitch to rookie of Indians Oscar Mercado.
He was able to achieve this record in 85 fewer innings to the previous record-holder named Pedro Martinez, the Hall of Famer whose record was reached in 1711.5 innings.
390 years old Sale has managed to strike out a total of 200 batters during his last 7 seasons and has been in the lead of the American League since the 2015 season playing with Chicago White Sox and since 2017 with Boston Red Sox.
Here is the video of Sale’s record 2000th strikeout pitch.
Sale fished with 12 K’s in the 6 innings against Indians which now marks his 14th game where he had 10 strikeouts.
Sale later said, “It is cool and it is very special. I am not a guy who is really high into stats but I still respect it. I appreciate what this means. A lot of people have put a lot of effort into helping me to get here.”