Spencer Strider (25, Atlanta Braves) may be down from last year, but he’s still showing off his incredible strikeout ability.
Through 17 games on the season, Strider has pitched 98 1/3 innings in 17 starts, posting a 10-2 record and a 3.66 ERA.
That’s before he struggled mightily in two games in June. Strider gave up eight runs in four innings and five runs in five innings in games on the 9th and 15th of last month, respectively.
Strider’s season ERA jumped to 4.12 at one point. However, Strider stabilized over the next three games with four earned runs in 19 2/3 innings.먹튀검증
Strider also continued to accumulate strikeouts. By this point, he had 155 strikeouts in 17 games. That’s a major league-leading total. He also leads the league in strikeouts per nine innings at 14.2.
He’s currently on pace for 303 strikeouts, which means he’s well on his way to 300. The last major leaguers to reach 300 strikeouts were Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander in 2019.
However, Strider will need to improve his third pitch to reach this level of strikeouts. His four-seam fastball and slider two-pitch aren’t enough to consistently overpower hitters.
Meanwhile, Strider was named to the National League All-Star team on Wednesday. It’s the first honor of his career. Now, Strider will put on a strikeout show on the All-Star stage.