The Kid K Complex: Kerry Wood and the Cubs’ Infatuation With Strikeouts

September 11, 2009 by  

At least one unprecedented Cubs streak will end this year.

Chicago will likely finish this season second or third in the National League in strikeouts. That means that, barring an unforeseen rash of strikeouts by what will be predominantly inexperienced pitchers down the stretch, someone other than the North Siders will finish atop the NL strikeout team leaderboard for the first time since 2001.

That's eight consecutive seasons; no other team has recorded even seven straight years as the top strikeout pitching team in the league since the ridiculous 16 consecutive such seasons recorded by the Brooklyn and L.A. Dodgers from 1948-63. of course, that team had half as many teams to best for the distinction as the Cubs have had....

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