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Earlier today, noted contact specialist Doug Fister struck out 13 Indians in the Tigers’ 4-2 win. The game raised Fister’s career strikeout per 9 innings (K/9) to 5.4, which is pretty low for a 13-strikeout pitcher. That’s still more than twice the strikeout rate of the record-holder, though.
Overall, Fister is the 297th pitcher in MLB history (since 1919) to have a 13-K game. Of those, his K/9 mark ranks only as the 73rd lowest. It’s unusual for a pitcher with that low of a K rate to strike out 13, but it’s far from unheard of.
Here are the 25 pitchers to have a 13-K game despite striking out less than a batter every 2 innings in their careers (4.5 K/9).
There are many marginal pitchers on the list, but there are also 4 Hall of Famers: Red Faber, Pete Alexander, Carl Hubbell, and Warren Spahn. Two others (Early Wynn and Robin Roberts) just missed the list. Not to mention longtime successful big leaguers like Tommy John, Urban Shocker, Thornton Lee, and Charlie Liebrandt. I guess the big takeaway is that if you pitch long enough, you’ll eventually have a big-strikeout game, no matter how little adeptness you have in that area.
Most of the pitchers on the list did the bulk of their work in an era in which strikeouts were far less prevalent than today. Still, though, each of them had a 13-strikeout game. That’s pretty amazing in some of these guys’ cases.
For instance, Sugar Cain (what a great name) made 137 starts in his career. Aside from his 13-K game, his career high was 7; he reached 5 strikeouts in only 6 of those starts. I have no idea how he struck out 13 in one game, but it happened. That’s part of what makes baseball so fascinating: the frequent occasions in which the inexplicable happens. Or, as they say, “you can’t predict ball
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