Many of us whiffed on the late discovery of this most astounding stat from the 2016 campaign: This Dodger pitching staff set an MLB record by piling up the most strikeouts in a season. The 1,510 amassed Ks average out to 1.04 per inning, and that’s with Clayton Kershaw taking a 75-day relax-the-back vacation in the middle of things. The key to this was that the Dodgers’ bullpen led all of baseball in strikeouts, and may have some calling them the modern day “Nasty Boys.”
But don’t dig too deep into the batters box. The Washington Nationals’ staff also surpassed the previous MLB record of 1,450 Ks set by the 2014 Cleveland Indians. The Nats’ 1,476 average to 1.01 per inning, led by MLB strikeout leader and Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer.
How might this play out in this upcoming NLDS? The Dodgers, as a team, have struck out 1,321 times and hit 189 home runs, while the Nats racked up fewer whiffs (1,252) with more HRs (203).
More on the week ahead at this link …
Update: Dodgers-Nationals Game 1 Friday has a 2:30 p.m. PDT start