Major League Baseball: Analyzing The Season Totals

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Feb 23, 2015; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher David Price (14) pitches during Monday mornings workout at Joker Merchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Highest Strikeout Total by a pitcher 255.5

In 2014, only two pitchers eclipsed the 255 strikeout mark, but both blew by that total. David Price recorded 271 strikeouts while Cy Young winner, Corey Kluber posted 269. Max Scherzer (252) and Felix Hernandez (248) just barely missed the mark. There’s no surprise in seeing that each of the top four in strikeouts hail from the American League.

Looking at the landscape of the 2015 season, it’s probably safe to expect Scherzer’s total to go down, not rise. Playing for Washington in the National League, he will have fewer opportunities to go deep in games as he is removed for a bat in key situations. That said, there’s probably one man on the list that finds themselves increasing his 2014 total. David Price.

Pitching for the Detroit Tigers for a full season should only help his 2015 prospects. Although the AL Central should be a competitive division in which teams beat up on one another, Price should find more strikeouts than he did in the top-heavy AL East. Also, having a down year by his standards in 2014, Price will be looking to rebound in a big way for the Tigers before signing a long-term deal.

Play: Over 255.5

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