Nolan Ryan holds the career record with 5,714 strikeouts.
In Major league baseball, there has never been a pitcher who recorded 5 strikeouts in an inning as of August 13th 2012.
Nolan Ryan is the all-time leader in strikeouts in Major League Baseball. He told the record with 5,714 strikeouts.
Pitching great Tom Seaver holds the record for the most consecutive strikeouts in Major League Baseball history. In 1970 he struck out 10 straight batters in a game his Mets played against the Padres.
Nolan Ryan with 5,714 career strikeouts.
Nolan Ryan, with 5,714 strikeouts, holds the career record.
Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers with 269.
Kar Spooner set the record with 15 strikeouts in 1954 & J. R. Richard tied the record in 1971.
Nolan Ryan with 383 (modern record - in the 1800s teams only had one pitcher and some of those guys had 500+ strikeouts per season)
Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants with 261.
That's a tough question to answer because there is really no 'average MLB pitcher' stats. Some pitchers, like the starter, might pitch 6 or 7 innings in a game while a reliever may come in and only pitch to 1 batter. The chances are that the average starter will have more strikeouts than the average reliever. However, it is pretty easy to say how many strikeouts are in the average MLB game. In the National League for 2009, there were 1295 games played and 18205 strikeouts recorded. This averages out to 14 strikeouts per National League game. In the American League for 2009, there were 1135 games played and 15386 strikeouts recorded. This averages out to 13.6 strikeouts per American League game.
The most strikeouts by a single pitcher in a single MLB game is 21 by Tom Cheney of the Washington Senators in a game against the Baltimore Orioles in 1962. The game lasted 16 innings and Cheney pitched all 16. The most strikeouts by a single pitcher in a 9 inning game is 20 and is held jointly by Kerry Wood, Randy Johnson, and Roger Clemens.
Pedro Martinez 1999.
The 500th home run hit by a pitcher in MLB history was hit by Mike McCormick.
He was a famous major league left handed pitcher. He has the second most lifetime strikeouts of any left handed pitcher.
The first Japanese pitcher in MLB history was Masanori Murkami who played from 1964 to 1965 for the San Francisco Giants
The 2003 Chicago Cubs got 1,025 strikeouts in one season.
The record for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game by a minor league pitcher was set by Ron Necciai, who struck out 27 batters in a Class-D game between the Appalachian League Bristol Twins and the Welsh Miners (May 13, 1952).
Satchel Paige was 59 when he pitched in 1965. Jamie Moyer is 47 now and still an active pitcher.
Ricky Nolasco -- still with the Marlins -- has won 76 games as a pitcher for that team.