Max Scherzer of Washington Nationals becomes 3rd fastest to reach 2,000 career strikeouts


Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer got his 2,000th career strikeout Sunday and did it in the third fewest innings of any pitcher in baseball history.

Scherzer reached the milestone by striking out outfielder Nomar Mazara, the first batter he faced in the fourth inning of the Nats’ game against the Texas Rangers.

The Washington righty tied Nolan Ryan for third fastest to 2,000 strikeouts by games with both doing so in 287, which actually puts them 10 games behind Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who is in second by games, and Randy Johnson, who has the games record at 262.

Pedro Martinez (1,711 1/3) and Johnson (1,733 1/3) are first and second in speed to 2,000 K’s by innings pitched.

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