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Clayton Kershaw and his 1408 strikeouts puts him in some heady company

September 3, 2014

With Clayton recording his fifth straight 200 K season, his cumulative strikeout total has now reached 1408. Still just twenty-six years old, this is a staggering number only accomplished by the games best pitchers.

Player                  SO From   To   Age   W   L     IP    H  ER  BB ERA+
Bert Blyleven         1728 1970 1977 19-26 122 113 2143.2 1880 664 553  134
Walter Johnson        1686 1907 1914 19-26 179 115 2442.0 1873 439 491  174
Sam McDowell          1663 1961 1969 18-26  89  80 1590.0 1207 522 788  117
Dwight Gooden         1541 1984 1991 19-26 132  53 1713.2 1467 554 505  122
Felix Hernandez       1487 2005 2012 19-26  98  76 1620.1 1484 579 480  128
Don Drysdale          1487 1956 1963 19-26 123  90 1945.0 1752 673 547  124
Fernando Valenzuela   1464 1980 1987 19-26 113  82 1805.2 1549 618 664  116
Clayton Kershaw       1408 2008 2014 20-26  94  49 1349.1 1011 373 418  152
Christy Mathewson     1376 1901 1907 20-26 174  92 2275.0 1925 538 546  136
Hal Newhouser         1296 1939 1947 18-26 131  96 1894.0 1604 577 862  139
Bob Feller            1292 1936 1945 17-26 112  57 1520.1 1199 532 850  136
Catfish Hunter        1253 1965 1972 19-26 115  96 1881.2 1589 670 572  101

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/3/2014.

Kind of cool that Drysdale / Fernando / Clayton sit in a row. Probably going to end 2014 in the same spot.  Also a reminder of just how great his counterpart Felix Hernandez has been in the AL.

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