Spencer Strider (25, Atlanta Braves), who did not miss the top spot at least for one strikeout, ended the first half with 300 strikeouts.
Strider threw 104 2/3 innings in 18 games of the season until the 10th (Korean time), recording 11 wins, 2 losses and an average ERA of 3.44. 166 strikeouts.
This ranks first in strikeouts in all Major League Baseball. Currently, he is showing a 302 strikeout pace. Strikeouts per 9 innings is 14.3, which also ranks first.
Strider’s ERA fluctuated greatly in the first half. In April he recorded a 1.80, but in May and June he had a sluggish 4.01 and 5.46.
However, Strider regained stability with 1.38 in two games this month. As a result, the season ERA, which once soared to 4.12, fell to 3.44.
Strider did not miss the first place even with such a runaway performance, as long as he struck out. The minimum number of strikeouts per game is only 6.
Now, Strider is expected to start the first game of the second half against the Chicago White Sox on the 15th. Strider is the current Atlanta ace.안전놀이터
Strider’s greatest strength is his four-seam fastball that can reach up to 100 miles. Its weakness is its lack of variety. Strider is essentially a two-pitch pitcher.
To get more strikeouts, you need to increase your changeup rate against left-handed hitters. To do that, you need to refine your changeup.
Attention is focusing on whether Strider, who set an all-time strikeout record as a rookie last year, will be able to reach 300 strikeouts in a steady manner in the second half.
The last players to strike out 300 in the majors were Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander in 2019. At that time, Cole won the title with 326 strikeouts.