Most consecutive strikeouts by pitcher

August 2nd, 2020

Mets starter Jacob deGrom joined yet another exclusive group on Saturday when he struck out nine consecutive Rockies at Coors Field. deGrom became just the ninth pitcher to do so and ended his streak just one shy of the MLB record -- held by another legendary Mets ace. 

Here is a look at the nine pitchers who have tallied at least nine consecutive strikeouts in an MLB game:

10 -- Tom Seaver (NYM)
April 22, 1970, vs. Padres

The Mets led the Padres 2-1 behind an already strong outing from Seaver in the top of the sixth, when the righty struck out Al Ferrara to end the inning. Seaver would go on to complete the game and he recorded each of the final 10 outs via strikeout beginning with Ferrara. Seaver finished the game with another strikeout of Ferrara to seal the Mets' 2-1 win. It was Seaver’s 19th strikeout overall, marking his career best. At the time, he was the first pitcher to strike out 19 batters in a nine-inning outing, though four pitchers have since racked up 20.

9 -- Jacob deGrom (NYM)
April 17, 2021, vs. Rockies

While deGrom didn't quite reach fellow Met Tom Seaver's Major League record, he did come close. After a perfect first, he allowed two batters to reach in the second inning, at which point deGrom struck out nine straight, beginning with Josh Fuentes and working through the Rockies' order. His streak would ultimately end when Fuentes reached on an error to start the fifth, but deGrom wrapped up his outing with four more strikeouts -- two in the fifth and two in the sixth -- matching his career high of 14 in six innings, his shortest outing with 12 or more strikeouts to date.

9 -- Tyler Alexander (DET)
Aug. 2, 2020, vs. Reds

The Tigers and Reds were already set to join the record book when they met on Aug. 2 for a pair of seven-inning games -- the first MLB doubleheader in the Modern Era (since 1900) in which both games were scheduled for fewer than 9 innings. But Alexander’s outing in relief added another layer, as he entered in the top of the third and proceeded to strike out the first nine batters he faced, beginning with Mike Moustakas and ending when he hit Moustakas with a pitch. Alexander tied Doug Fister’s mark for the longest such streak in AL history, and came just one shy of Seaver's record. Alexander’s nine consecutive strikeouts are also a record for a reliever.

9 -- Max Scherzer (WSH)
Oct. 3, 2015, at Mets

Scherzer didn’t only strike out nine in a row in this game, he threw a no-hitter (his second of the season) while racking up 17 strikeouts overall. The Nationals led, 1-0, in the bottom of the sixth when he struck out Curtis Granderson swinging to the end the inning. In the seventh, he got Ruben Tejada, Michael Conforto and Michael Cuddyer, all swinging as well. Then in the eighth, it was Kelly Johnson, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Kevin Plawecki -- all swinging, again. He struck out Yoenis Céspedes and Lucas Duda to start the ninth, and got to two strikes on Granderson with a chance to tie Seaver’s record in the Mets’ home park before Granderson hit a pop fly to end the game.

9 -- Doug Fister (DET)
Sept. 27, 2012, vs. Royals

The Tigers held a 4-0 lead when Fister took the mound to begin the top of the fourth, and he notched a pair of groundouts before striking out catcher Salvador Perez to close the frame. His strikeout streak kept going until Perez came up to the plate in the seventh and grounded out to the shortstop on a 1-2 pitch. Still, the run was good enough to give Fister the AL record.

"I said, 'Congratulations, man. You made history,’” Tigers teammate Prince Fielder said after the game. “He was like, 'What are you doing?' He was locked in so it was kind of like, 'Get away from me.' I was like, 'All right … they'll tell you.'”

9 -- Aaron Harang (LAD)
April 13, 2012, vs. Padres

Harang’s night began with a leadoff single by San Diego’s Cameron Maybin, but did he ever lock in after that. The next nine Padres walked right back to the dugout until Will Venable snapped the strikeout streak with a homer to lead off the fourth inning. Harang finished the night with 13 strikeouts, but he also allowed four runs over 6 1/3 innings, and the Dodgers needed a walk-off walk by Andre Ethier to pull out a wild 9-8 win in L.A.

9 -- Ricky Nolasco (FLA)
Sept. 30, 2009, at Braves

This was part of a franchise-record 16-strikeout day for Nolasco, who is also the only pitcher to record 1,000 strikeouts in a Marlins uniform. It was Florida’s 159th game of the season and the club had just recently been eliminated from contention for the NL East title, but Nolasco still brought his best, striking out the side in the third, fourth and fifth innings before Adam LaRoche led off the sixth with a double.

9 -- Jake Peavy (SD)
April 25, 2007, at D-backs

Peavy’s big night came in a 16-strikeout performance for the Padres, which tied his own franchise record that he had set against the Braves one year earlier. Peavy struck out the Arizona side in the second, third and fourth innings, relenting only when he walked Eric Byrnes to begin the fifth. It was part of a dominant 2007 season for Peavy, who won the NL’s pitching Triple Crown by pacing the league in wins (19), strikeouts (240) and ERA (2.54) en route to a winning the NL Cy Young Award in unanimous fashion.

9 -- Mickey Welch (NYG)
Aug. 28, 1884, vs. Blues

Welch set a standard that went untouched until Seaver’s outing in 1970. He began this game against the Cleveland Blues by striking out each of the first nine batters. The ninth batter did reach on a passed ball, and as a result, this record wasn’t recognized across the board until the 1940s. Welch totaled 14 strikeouts on the day.