Even when he's in the middle of the worst season of his career, Chris Sale is capable of being unhittable and breaking records on any given night. The Boston Red Sox starter recorded his 2,000th career strikeout when he got Indians rookie center fielder Oscar Mercado to wave at his trademark slider.
Chris Sale becomes the fastest pitcher in MLB history to reach 2K career strikeouts.— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) August 14, 2019
[1.] Chris Sale (1,626 IP)
[2.] Pedro Martinez (1,711 1/3 IP)
[3.] Randy Johnson (1,733 1/3 IP) pic.twitter.com/FMY7G0UqBL
Sale set the record in 1,626 innings, which breaks the old mark set by Pedro Martinez (1,711 innings) for all pitchers, as well as the record for left-handed pitchers, which was held by Randy Johnson (1,733).
The fact that he not only beat these two Hall of Fame strikeout artists, but decimated their milestones speaks to how lethal Sale can be when he's on.
Chris Sale's 2000th Career Strikeout. ? pic.twitter.com/a45B8m1rom— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 14, 2019
While players might be striking out more and more in this day and age, that shouldn't detract from Sale's achievement. Sale, who also holds the all-time records for strikeouts per nine innings and strikeouts per walk, will look break a few more records over the course of this season.