With nine strikeouts versus the Angels last night, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale became the 37th pitcher in MLB history to collect 200 or more strikeouts in five or more seasons.
Nolan Ryan leads this category with 15 seasons with 200+ K’s… Randy Johnson (13), Roger Clemens (12) and Tom Seaver (10) are the only pitchers to amass 200 or more strikeouts in 10 or more seasons.
Of the 37 pitchers with five or more seasons with 200+ K’s, 20 are in the Hall of Fame.
Sale, who is 28, also became the 16th pitcher in league history to collect 200+ strikeouts in five or more seasons while in his 20’s. Clemens, Seaver and Walter Johnson hold the MLB mark with seven seasons with 200+ K’s while in their 20’s.
Is it possible that this year’s British Open will end with Americans finishing 1-2?
Three U.S. golfers got off to great starts when Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar each shot five-under 65’s and tied for the first-round lead.
But history shows that a 1-2 American finish in this event is not too far-fetched, especially this year
The last time Americans finished 1-2 in the British Open was in 2009 when Stewart Cink won and Tom Watson finished second. Since 1983, there have been five times when two players from the same country have finished 1-2 in the British Open: 2009 (Cink and Watson), 2006 (Tiger Woods, Chris DiMarco), 1998 (Mark O’Meara, Brian Watts), 1991 (Austrailians Ian Baker-Finch, Mike Harwood) and 1983 (Tom Watson, Andy Bean and Hale Irwin). In addition, in 1996 American Tom Lehman won the event and fellow U.S. golfer Mark McCumber finished in a tie for second with South Africa’s Ernie Els.
But here’s the interesting part of this whole scenario: Of the six times since 1983 that players from the same country have finished 1-2, three of those times the event was held at Royal Birkdale. Guess where this year’s event is being held? You got it… Royal Birkdale!
The Open (British Open golf tournament) begins play today.
The last four winners of this event were first-time winners: Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. Ernie Els was the last multiple-time winner; he won his second title in 2012 after winning the event in 2002.
There have been four golfers who have been a runner-up twice at The Open since 2000: Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Els and Thomas Bjorn. The last runner-up of the event to then win the title was last year when Stenson won. He was the runner-up in 2013.
The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw upped his record to 15-2 this season with a win over the White Sox last night.
With more than two months remaining in the season and probably 12-14 more starts to come, Kershaw is a good bet to win over 20 games this year. Whether he can keep his loss total at two is another story.
Kershaw is one of seven pitchers in MLB history who has won 20 games in a season with three or fewer losses. He went 21-3 in 2014.
The pitchers who won 20+ games in a season with three or fewer losses: Kershaw (21-2 in 2014), Max Scherzer (21-3 in 2013), Cliff Lee (22-3 in 2008), Roger Clemens (20-3 in 2001), David Cone (20-3 in 1988), Ron Guidry (25-3 in 1978) and Preacher Roe (22-3 in 1951).
Ryan Zimmerman hit career HR #235 last night making him the franchise leader in homers for the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise. He is now one of four active players who lead his team in career home runs. The others: Ryan Braun (Milwaukee), Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay) and Giancarlo Stanton (Miami).
There are four active players who are within 100 home runs of the career HR lead for their franchise. The closest is David Wright with the New York Mets. Wright, who is currently on the DL due to a neck injury and has not played this season, is only 10 career HRs behind Mets franchise leader Darryl Strawberry who had 252 with the Mets.
Jose Bautista is 55 HRs behind Carlos Delgado’s 336 homers for the Toronto Blue Jays; Paul Goldschmidt has 161 career HRs with the Diamondbacks and is 63 homers behind Luis Gonzalez for the Arizona team record; and Miguel Cabrera has 320 career home runs with Detroit and trails franchise record holder Al Kaline by 79 homers.