The Nationals starting rotation has been one of the team's strongest assets during the 2019 MLB season. Specifically, the three-headed monster of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin have helped Washington stay in the thick of the playoff race following a slow start.
There are plenty of numbers the three have put out this season that shows their success, but one specific stat really puts the year into perspective.
By striking out Harrison Bader in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Corbin picked up his 222nd strikeout of the campaign. Having one pitcher wrack up that many punch-outs in a season is impressive, but Corbin isn't alone, and that makes the feat historic.
The Nationals become the first team in MLB history to have three pitchers with 222 strikeouts or more in the same season.— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) September 18, 2019
Corbin joins Scherzer (222) and Stephen Strasburg (235), giving the Nationals three pitchers over the 222 mark. In all the years of Major League Baseball, that's never been done before.
With the Nationals very much clinging to a playoff position with around two weeks left in the season, all three will be looking to add to their totals down the stretch. If Washington does end up in the postseason, these are three arms that opposing teams would prefer to not see.
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