IS STRIKEOUT ADDICTION A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION?

If watching ballplayers strike out at a record pace until after 2:00 am is a pre-existing condition, then count me and all the  others who who stayed up to watch the marathon between the Yankees and Cubs on Sunday Night Baseball (their longest game ever) amongst the over 24 million people who will be getting screwed by TrumpCare.

If you were lucky enough to have missed this early May game and are smart enough to just be reading about it today, to quickly summarize the game lasted 18 very long innings, taking 6:05 to complete and the two teams, with an assist from home plate umpire Joe West whose strike zone was all over the place, set a single game record by striking out a combined 48 times.

The Yankees 5-4 win completed a three-game Wrigley sweep and should convince all who watched this series and last week’s Fenway match-up between the Cubs and the Red Sox, that as of right now there is a greater likelihood of a NY/Cubs World Series than a Boston/Cubs World Series but none of these three teams have faced the Nationals or the Dodgers or the Astros, three teams that may be their superiors.

Feel free to read the details of the game elsewhere (I won’t be hurt), just know that the game was baseball’s longest of the season, and was the first interleague game to go 18 innings (can you imagine if this were a World Series game?!?); I’m here to give you some strikeout stuff:

The 48 strikeouts broke the record of 43 strikeouts set by the Athletics and Angels on July 9, 1971 when they played a 20-inning game. In that game, A’s starter Vida Blue pitched 11 innings and struck out 17 and Angels’ starter Rudy May went 12 innings and struck out 13.

Nine to Know: Individual teams that had double digit strikeouts on May 7

Of the 14 games played yesterday (another sign of the apocalypse was the Dodgers rained out in San Diego), nine teams struck out at least 10 times

Results
Rk Tm Opp Rslt PA
SO
1 CHC NYY L 4-5 76 26
2 NYY CHC W 5-4 70 22
3 ATL STL L 4-6 57 15
4 MIN BOS L 6-17 39 13
5 CIN SFG W 4-0 33 12
6 TBR TOR L 1-2 34 11
7 KCR CLE L 0-1 34 11
8 PIT MIL L 2-6 37 11
9 STL ATL W 6-4 56 10
10 TEX SEA L 3-4 37 9
11 LAA HOU L 3-5 36 8
12 MIL PIT W 6-2 39 8
13 PHI WSN W 6-5 43 8
14 WSN PHI L 5-6 43 8
15 MIA NYM W 7-0 43 8
16 ARI COL L 2-5 31 7
17 NYM MIA L 0-7 32 6
18 SEA TEX W 4-3 34 6
19 HOU LAA W 5-3 35 6
20 DET OAK L 6-8 38 6
21 CHW BAL L 0-4 38 6
22 OAK DET W 8-6 40 6
23 SFG CIN L 0-4 32 5
24 TOR TBR W 2-1 33 5
25 COL ARI W 5-2 33 5
26 BAL CHW W 4-0 38 5
27 BOS MIN W 17-6 52 5
28 CLE KCR W 1-0 35 4
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Another way to look at this is to realize that the Giants, Jays, Rockies, Orioles, Red Sox, and Indians combined for 29 strikeouts, only three more than the Cubs recorded in their single game doubleheader.

Who did all this striking out?

Yankees

Since 1913, the Yankees had never had 12 different batters whiff in one game. Four times previously 11 different Yankees went down on strikes in a game.

12 Yankees struck out at least once
Batting AB H BB SO PA Pit Str Details
Jacoby Ellsbury CF 6 2 1 1 8 32 17 HR,SH
Aaron Hicks LF-RF 6 1 2 4 8 34 20 SB
Matt Holliday 1B 4 2 0 2 4 18 12 SB
   Chris Carter 1B 2 0 0 2 2 8 6
Starlin Castro 2B 8 0 0 2 8 30 20
Aaron Judge RF 4 1 0 1 4 23 13 3B
   Rob Refsnyder PH 1 0 0 1 1 5 3
Didi Gregorius SS 8 0 0 1 8 27 18 SB
Chase Headley 3B 7 0 0 4 7 34 22
Austin Romine C-1B 7 0 0 2 7 28 19
Luis Severino P 2 0 0 1 2 11 7
   Brett Gardner PH-LF 5 2 0 1 5 19 11
Team Totals 63 10 5 22 70 294 179
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Cubs

Since 1913, the Cubs had never had 13 different batters whiff in one game. Six times previously, 12 different Cubs went down on strikes in a single game.

13 Cubs struck out including three pinch-hitting pitchers
Batting AB H SO PA Pit Str Details
Kyle Schwarber LF 7 2 3 9 36 20 2·2B
Kris Bryant 3B 7 1 3 9 31 19 IW
Anthony Rizzo 1B 5 1 3 9 26 14 2B,HBP,2·IW
Ben Zobrist RF 5 1 1 5 17 12
   Jake Arrieta PH 1 0 1 1 3 3
   John Lackey PH 1 0 1 1 4 3
   Kyle Hendricks PH 1 0 1 1 4 3
Addison Russell SS 6 0 3 8 39 23 GDP
Jon Jay CF-RF 7 1 2 8 30 20 IW
Willson Contreras C 8 1 3 8 32 22
Jon Lester P 2 0 1 2 10 7
   Albert Almora PH-CF 5 2 2 5 18 12
Javier Baez 2B 8 2 2 8 34 26 HR,SB
Team Totals 65 11 26 76 289 187
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Who pitched all these whiffs?

Yankees

Since 1913, the Yankees had seven different pitchers record one strikeout in a game seven different times, including last night. Once, the Yankees had eight different pitchers strike out the opposition at least once and that was May 21, 2014 when the opposition was, believe it or not, the Chicago Cubs when the Yankees won in 13 at Wrigley.

Yankees – one starter and six relievers
Pitching IP R ER BB SO BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL
Luis Severino 7 1 1 1 9 26 111 75 44 11 20
Dellin Betances, H (6) 1 0 0 1 2 5 19 12 5 4 3
Aroldis Chapman, BS (1) 0.2 3 3 2 2 8 36 20 8 7 5
Tyler Clippard 1.1 0 0 0 3 4 17 12 4 7 1
Adam Warren 2 0 0 2 2 9 29 16 7 2 7
Jonathan Holder 3 0 0 1 3 11 33 27 12 7 8
Chasen Shreve, W (1-0) 3 0 0 3 5 13 44 25 10 10 5
Team Totals 18 4 4 10 26 76 289 187 90 48 49
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The Yankees pitchers 26 strikeouts tied the record set by the Athletics in the game mentioned above and by the Angels when on June 8, 2004 they struck out 26 Brewers in a 1-0 20-inning loss, for the most by one team’s pitchers in a game.

Cubs

Since 1913, the Cubs have had eight different pitchers record one strikeout in a game twice, including last night. The other time was on April 2, 2014 against the Pirates when the Cubs lost in 16.

Cubs – one starter and seven relievers
Pitching IP R ER BB SO BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL
Jon Lester 7 2 1 2 9 26 120 73 32 20 21
Justin Grimm 2 2 2 0 1 9 30 20 9 5 6
Wade Davis 1 0 0 0 3 3 15 9 1 2 6
Carl Edwards 1 0 0 0 3 3 16 11 3 6 2
Koji Uehara 1 0 0 0 1 3 9 7 4 2 1
Mike Montgomery 2 0 0 1 2 8 36 21 12 3 6
Brian Duensing 2 0 0 2 2 9 36 19 11 4 4
Pedro Strop, L (0-2) 2 1 1 0 1 9 32 19 10 5 4
Team Totals 18 5 4 5 22 70 294 179 82 47 50
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The combined 15 pitchers who recorded a strikeout in a game is not a record; since 1913, 15 pitchers have now recorded a strikeout on five different occasions. On Sept. 18, 2007, the Cardinals and Phillies had 16 pitchers with strikeouts and on August 24, 2013, the Phils and Dbacks also had 16 strikeout pitchers.

One final note… (I really must stop)

Yankee pitchers threw 289 pitches, 187 for strikes, 48 swinging, 49 looking.

Cubs pitchers threw 294 pitches, 179 for strikes, 47 swinging, 50 looking.

You can do the addition for the combined total, I’m too tired for math.