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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  1. About the failure of the team to get even one complete game performance from any of the starters, I really thought that the September 15 game at Boston (first of crucial 4-game series) would be a Tanaka complete game win versus the Red Sox. Tanaka cruised through the first 7 innings and was ahead 5-1 and had thrown around 93 pitches. I thought if he had been allowed to pitch in the 8th, he would have gotten an easy 1-2-3 inning and who knows, he might have been allowed to return in the 9th. That terrible loss after the bullpen blew it was really another one on Joe Girardi, as he just didn’t or wouldn’t see that Dellin Betances was essentially done as a closer.

    Michael Pineda had one very weird season.