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.