New York Yankees’ ace CC Sabathia is approaching 2,500 career strikeouts and is climbing his way up the all-time charts. His current mark of 2,410 makes him the active leader in that category, giving him 220 more punch-outs than A.J. Burnett (2,190), who is second on this list.
If Sabathia maintains his career strikeout rate of 7.8 K/9, he’ll need to pitch just over 100 more innings this season to surpass the 2,500 mark.
The 33-year-old Sabathia has enjoyed an illustrious 14-year career, racking up the majority of his strikeouts during his time with the Cleveland Indians (1,265) and New York Yankees (1,017), adding 128 in a brief stint with the Milwaukee Brewers.
His best single-season mark of 251 came during the 2008 campaign, when he was shipped from the Indians to the Brewers in a deadline deal.
Sabathia currently sits at No. 39 overall on the all-time strikeout leaderboard and will climb into the top 30 with 93 more whiffs. Even if the lefty only matches his career low of 139 strikeouts from 2004 with Cleveland, he’d finish the season at No. 29 on the all-time list.
Sabathia is under contract with the Yankees through 2016, with a vesting option for 2017, so breaking the top 20 on the list won’t be outside the realm of possibility. He’d need 2,804 career Ks to surpass Cy Young and join this elite company.