New York Yankees Set Single-Season Team Strikeout Record
Adam Hunger-USATSI

The 2016 New York Yankees’ pitching staff has set a brand-new record by striking out more batters than any other team in franchise history. 

When New York Yankees‘ starter Michael Pineda struck out Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, during the second inning of Friday night’s contest, the staff obtained a club record of 1,371 strikeouts, according to Baseball Reference.

That number surpassed the record left by last year’s staff and currently rank second in the American League.

Big Mike leads the team with 207 strikeouts while Masahiro Tanaka is far in second place with 165 strikeouts. CC Sabathia (152), Dellin Betances (123) and Nathan Eovaldi (97) round out the top five.

Shockingly enough, however, this year’s staff has also surrendered the most home runs (208) in franchise history while also failing to complete a game.

If a Yankees’ starter cannot go the distance in the final two games of 2016, then it will be the first time in team history that one has failed to do so.

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