Astros leading American League breaking Major League Baseball records this season, starting with its pitcher, Gerrit Cole who can’t stop striking out opponents.
— Houston Astros (@astros) September 8, 2019
With his 10th strikeout in the game against the Los Angeles Angles Sept. 30, Astros Gerrit Cole became the first pitcher in MLB history to record nine straight double-digit strikeout games.
Pedro Martinez was the first pitcher to do this, in 1999.
The MLB strikeout rate in 2019 is 23 percent.
The MLB strikeout rate in 1999 was 16 percent. https://t.co/O9cuUu6qPO
— Mike Gianella (@MikeGianella) September 8, 2019
The Houston Astros, who won the World Series two years ago, became the first team in HISTORY to have the most strikeouts in MLB by their pitchers and the fewest strikeouts by their players.
Baseball is a game of controlling the strike zone.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 30, 2019
Two Astros teammates– Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander– are vying for the American Leagues’ Cy Young Award, the award given to the best pitcher in each league.
Cole became the 18th major league pitcher since 1900 to strike out at least 300 batters in a season Wednesday night.
He became the 18th major league pitcher since 1900 to strike out at least 300 batters in a season Wednesday night. Looks like he'll be battling for the AL C Young award with his teammate Justin Verlander.
— Staats (@mystaats) September 29, 2019
The Astros also reached a franchise record number of wins: 107, joining three other teams in making MLB win history. Four teams in the same season– the first in MLB history– recorded 100 wins.
The Minnesota Twins have their 100th win of the season.
They join the Astros, Yankees, and Dodgers with 100 wins.
This is the first season in MLB history to feature four 100-win teams.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 28, 2019