Sunday, September 23, 2007
(posted by OMDQ)
Back in June, I mentioned that Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn was on pace to become the first major league player to strike out more than 200 times in a single season.
Fast forward to today: Dunn's record of 195, set in 2004, has been matched - just not by the Reds slugger.
The record-tying player is Philadelphia's Ryan Howard, the 2006 National League MVP who is having another excellent season in 2007 (42 homeruns, 125 RBI, .952 OPS). Howard was fanned by Washington's Joel Hanrahan in the fourth inning of Sunday's game. With six games remaining after today, at least one strikeout in eight consecutive games, and the Phillies very much in the postseason hunt, the big first baseman has an excellent chance at passing the 200 K mark.
(Note: This probably won't be of interest to anyone else, but Dunn was born exactly ten days after me, and Howard was born exactly ten days after Dunn. Just wanted to mention that.)