The Milwaukee Brewers may have lost to the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals last night, but Brandon Woodruff was still fantastic. He pitched six innings, while giving up two hits, a run, a walk, and striking out 10. It was Woodruff’s fifth game with 10+ strikeouts this season, and 11th of his career. What was most notable, though, is that during this game, Woodruff eclipsed 200 strikeouts on the season. With Corbin Burnes having accomplished the same feat earlier, the pair become just the second pair of Brewers to reach 200 strikeouts in a season. The previous time it was done was by Yovani Gallardo and Zach Greinke.
Brandon Woodruff has 10 strikeouts through six innings. His fifth 10+ strikeout game this season, 11th career game.
— Sophia Minnaert (@SophiaMinnaert) September 22, 2021
With these two already locked into the Brewers’ record book (again), all eyes are on Freddy Peralta to get them into the Major League record book (again).
Freddy Peralta Could Make History
It feels like every week the Brewers’ starting pitchers are making some kind of history. Two weeks ago, we published this piece on ten of the Brewers’ pitching staff’s historical achievements. Since that time, the Brewers threw their second no-hitter ever and have more amazing milestones reached.
However, one of the most rare feats in all of baseball is within the team’s grasp yet this season. Freddy Peralta, who has missed time due to injury this year, is a strikeout machine and sits at 190 strikeouts on the season. If he can get 10 more before the season ends, the Brewers will become the SEVENTH team since 1901 with three or more pitchers to eclipse 200 strikeouts.
Woodruff joins Burnes in the 200-strikeout club. Only the second time in Brewers history they have had a pair of pitchers reach 200 Ks.
Peralta is at 190 strikeouts, and that would be a thing. Only six teams since 1901 have had 3+ pitchers with 200+ Ks.https://t.co/OMXckz0v1w
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 22, 2021
Can Freddy Peralta Get There?
Freddy Peralta has reached 10 strikeouts in a game twice this season. The first time was on April 12 against the Chicago Cubs. The second time was on June 22 against the Diamondbacks. Peralta is not scheduled to start any of the remaining games against the Cardinals. However, he should be available in the next series against the New York Mets. The Mets have the tenth fewest team strikeouts in MLB, so it may not be easy. However, if he does get there, it would be one more amazing achievement by this Brewers’ staff.