Today’s Sports Stat: October 7, 2017
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg set the franchise record for most strikeouts in a post-season game with 10 last night, Unfortunately, the Nats could not score and lost to the Chicago Cubs, 3-0 in Game One of their playoff series.
Strasburg became the 70th pitcher in MLB history to have 10 or more strikeouts in a playoff game (it was the 122nd time a pitcher had 10+ strikeouts in a post-season contest). Teams usually win about two-thirds of post-season games when they have a pitcher get 10 or more K’s in a game; teams are 82-39-1 (.676). In the last 25 playoff games, however, teams are only 11-15 (.440) when a pitcher has 10 + strikeouts.
Justin Verlander holds the MLB mark for most post-season games with 10 or more strikeouts with six. He is followed by Cliff Lee, Randy Johnson and Bob Gibson with five, and John Smoltz, Mike Mussina and Clayton Kershaw with five.