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.