WASHINGTON — Max Scherzer doesn’t rest his laurels on milestones, but when he passed Hall of Famer, Triple Crown winner and baseball icon Cy Young on the all-time leaderboards, it was more than just another strikeout.
Scherzer entered Friday’s matchup against the D-backs with 2,798 career strikeouts. He notched his eighth strikeout to lead off the seventh inning to tie Young at 2,806 punchouts for 22nd in Major League history. He caught the next batter, Eduardo Escobar, swinging for his ninth to move ahead.
The 14-year veteran reached the mark against the team for which he played his first two seasons. He tallied his first 240 strikeouts from 2008-09 as a member of the D-backs.
Scherzer finished his third start of the season with 10 strikeouts and is five behind Mike Mussina (2,813). He is second in strikeouts among active players, trailing only Justin Verlander (3,013). A consistent force on the mound, Scherzer has averaged 10+ strikeouts per nine innings every season since 2012.