Stephen Strasburg is in rarefied strikeout air


Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg shut out the Braves for seven innings Monday night and in doing so crossed the 200-inning mark for the first time in his career at age 25.

Strasburg’s lack of lineup and bullpen support have kept his win-loss record from properly reflecting how well he’s pitched during the past two seasons with a 3.18 ERA and 421 strikeouts in 385 innings.

And check out where his career strikeout rate of 10.38 per nine innings ranks among all pitchers with at least 500 innings through age 25:

Kerry Wood            10.40
Mark Prior            10.37
Tim Lincecum          10.16

Those are the only four pitchers in baseball history with 500 or more innings and a double-digit strikeout rate through age 25. And the next five pitchers on the through-25 strikeout rate list are Chris Sale, Herb Score, Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana, and Sam McDowell.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.