After fanning four batters in Monday's loss to the New York Yankees, Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers became the 16th pitcher in franchise history to record 1,000 career strikeouts, per Lee Sinins' Baseball Encyclopedia.
Aside from the milestone, Scherzer's start was otherwise one to forget, as the defeat snapped a previous streak of victories in his last five decisions. Striking out just four batters was also atypical for one of his outings, as it matched his lowest total of the season.
On a positive note, Scherzer is 51 strikeouts above the league average in 2014, and if he's able to maintain the pace, it will mark his third consecutive season doing so. Per the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia (via GammonsDaily.com), he would enter a tie for second place among active pitchers, and fourth place in Tigers history, in the category.
The 30-year-old right-hander owns exactly 1,000 career strikeouts in a Tigers uniform, while fanning 1,240 batters total during seven major league seasons. To begin his career, he played in parts of two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, forcing 240 hitters to go down on strikes over 46 appearances (37 starts).
If Scherzer stays a Tiger beyond the 2014 campaign, he'll need to at least double his career punch-out total before finding himself within striking distance of the franchise record. Mickey Lolich is the current record holder, striking out 2,679 batters as a Tiger from 1963 to 1975.