In the fifth inning of the Nationals' 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday, Stephen Strasburg rang up St. Louis pitcher Dakota Hudson for his eighth strikeout of the game.

But more importantly, the strikeout was Strasburg's 1,500th of his career. Strasburg needed just 1,272 and 1/3 innings to reach No. 1,500, setting a record for the fastest player in major league history to reach 1,500 career strikeouts

When asked about what this milestone means to him, Strasburg said that it is "pretty cool." He noted that strikeouts are not everything and it is important for him to focus on each pitch rather than his strikeout count. 

He surpasses Chris Sale of the Red Sox who previously held the record when he hit the milestone in August 2017.

Though Strasburg has had his fair share of injuries, manager Davey Martinez hopes for a long season full of milestones. "This only tells me what an unbelievable pitcher he really is," Martinez said in his postgame press conference.  "The way he is going right now, if he can stay healthy, the sky is the limit." 

Teammate Max Scherzer, threw his 2,500th career strikeout last week. 


In 2014, Strasburg led the NL East in strikeouts, racking up 247 K's. He finished the game with nine strikeouts in six and two thirds innings, pushing his 2019 season total to 57.