Stephen Strasburg just tied Kerry Wood's prestigious MLB strikeout record

Stephen Strasburg just tied Kerry Wood's prestigious MLB strikeout record

Stephen Strasburg made MLB history Wednesday afternoon against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

L.A. shortstop Corey Seager became Strasburg's 1,166th career strikeout victim in the first inning Wednesday as the Nationals star hurler tied Kerry Wood for the most strikeouts in a starting pitcher's first 1,000 innings in baseball history.

It was Strasburg's 82nd strikeout of the season and he entered the day whiffing 9.8 batters per nine innings, which is actually below his career norm (10.5 K/9).

The 28-year-old right-hander has struggled to stay healthy in his career, having made 30 starts in a season just twice in his career. He notched only 47 starts in 2015-16, but struck out a whopping 338 batters in 275 innings.

Strasburg led the league with 242 strikeouts in 215 innings in 2014 for the only 200+ whiff season in his career.

Wood reached the 200-strikeout threshold in four separate seasons — as a rookie in 1998 and then again post-Tommy John surgery in three straight seasons from 2001-03. 

Wood led the majors with 266 whiffs in 211 innings in 2003, but his career as a starter was derailed from there, topping 100 strikeouts in a season just once after that point (144 Ks in 2004).

In 2007, Wood transitioned to a reliever full time and never made another start for the Cubs, Cleveland Indians or New York Yankees in the final six years of his career.

It was late in the 2004 season in which Wood notched the 1,166th strikeout in his 1,000th inning.

He finished his career with 1,582 whiffs in 1,380 innings, good for a 10.3 K/9.

In his first 1,000+ innings, Strasburg's career high is 15 strikeouts in a start, a far cry from Wood's epic 20-strikeout game in 1998. 

Of course, that may be the best pitching performance the game has ever seen:

Wood also struck out 16 batters in a start in August 1998, but never reached the 15K threshold in the rest of his career.

Nick Offerman proves that he is indeed a die-hard Cubs fan

Nick Offerman proves that he is indeed a die-hard Cubs fan

Never question Nick Offerman's passion for the Cubs. 

The actor, who played Ron Swanson in NBC's hit show "Parks & Recreation," proved his die-hard fan status on Friday, sitting through a two-hour rain delay and braving 30-degree temperatures to watch the Cubs fall to the Brewers. 

Along with 22 family members, Offerman bussed up to the North Side to throw out the first pitch and perform "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."  

We'll be honest, though, his wild first pitch won't help him land any future roles in baseball films. 

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Before channeling his inner-Harry Caray in the seventh, the Illinois-native graced Len Kasper and Kerry Wood in the booth to discuss why he and his family really stayed. 

"We've never had seats this good in our lives," Offerman said. 

With his trademarked quick quips and dry humor, Offerman also discussed his favorite Cubs players and first trip to Wrigley Field. 

Watch the video above to hear the full interview. Try not to laugh, we dare you. 

Kerry Wood ends the debate: 20-strikeout game's hit was legit

Kerry Wood ends the debate: 20-strikeout game's hit was legit

While no one debates that on May 6, 1998, Kerry Wood completed one of the finest pitching performances in MLB history, Wood said Friday that the lone hit he allowed in his 20-strikeout game - that could have been ruled an error - was legitimate.

The rookie, making his sixth career start, struck out 20 batters, allowed just one hit and went the distance in a 2-0 Cubs victory. Wood needed 122 pitches to slice through the Astros lineup, which included a pair of future Hall of Famers in Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell.

But it's that lone hit - a seemingly meaningless Ricky Gutierrez single in the top of the 3rd - that some Cubs fans still debate to this day. Gutierrez, batting 7th, took a Wood pitch and grounded it in between third base and shortstop. Third baseman Kevin Orie ranged to his left on the well struck ball, and it caromed off his glove into left field.

Gutierrez got to third base on a sacrifice bunt and later on a Wood balk, though Wood got Biggio to ground out to end the inning.

There's some thought that Orie's stab at the grounder - a diving attempt could have stopped the ball - could have been ruled an error. It wound up being the only hit Wood gave up that day, and a ruling of an error would have given the 20-year-old a no-hitter.

But Wood, filling in Friday for Jim DeShaies on the CSN broadcast of Cubs-Brewers, put the debate to rest.

"Hit all the way, as soon as I saw it," Wood said. "Never crossed my mind that that was an error or they were going to give him an error. Never glanced at the scoreboard. It was a hit all the way."

There you go. Case closed.

Also, Wood was of course impressed with striking out 20 batters in a single game. But to him, walking zero batters on an Astros team that led the league in on-base percentage was what impressed him most. Check out the entire interview in the video above.