A Striking Idea: Rockies Lead NL in Striking Out, Does That Signify Anything?

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The Rockies lead the National Leagues in strikeouts, by a narrow margin over the Padres (9.89-9.85 per game). But does that really make a difference? The Brewers, who are in second place in the NL Central, ranked fourth at 9.64 strikeouts per nine innings, and the NL Central-leading Cubs are sixth at 9.14 strikeouts per game.

The Rockies have set a franchise record with 24 strikeouts in a game against the Giants on April 12, and matched the record against the Red Sox on May 14. That equals the fifth-highest total in MLB history, two shy of the record set by the Angels against the A's on July 9, 1971, and equaled by the Cubs against the Yankees on May 7, 2017, and the Brewers against both the Angels on June 8, 2004 and the Dodgers on June 2, 2017.

The Rockies have won four of their top 10 strikeouts games this year, including the 24-strikeout game at Boston on Tuesday.

Top 10 strikeout games of 2019:

While the Rockies are on a record-setting stirkeout pace, Trevor Story, who leads the team with 49, is 11th among NL players. Bryce Harper leads the league with 61 strikeouts, and highly-regarded Paul Goldschmidt, now with the Cardinals, is fourth in the NL with 55.

The Rockies are on a record-setting strikeout pace, averaging 9.89 per game, more than a strikeout per game higher than the club record set in 2017. What's worth nothing, though, is the top two strikeout seasons in franchise history are the past two seasons, when the Rockies made back-to-back post-season appearances for the first time in franchise history.

The Rockies are on a MLB-record setting strikeout pace. The only team to average more than 9.7 strikeouts per game was the 2018 White Sox (9.84). It does underscore the acceptance of strikeouts that the top10 single-season strikeout totals in MLB history have come in the current decade.