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Tigers Pitchers on Pace To Break 1968 Team’s Strikeout Record

Published by on May 27, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Tigers fans who were around 41 years ago remember the key component of the 1968 teams success—pitching. Tigers fans not yet born have heard the stories from their fathers, from Ernie Harwell, from baseball writers and bartenders, fans and fanatics.

The ‘68 Tigers won 103 games on the strength of the best ERA in the American League, 2.71. Denny McClain won 31 games and struck out 280. Mickey Lolich won 17 and fanned 197. Earl Wilson and Joe Sparma combined for 23 wins and 278 strike outs, helping the Tigers set a team record for most K’s in a season. The record has stood for more than 40 years, and is in danger of falling.

Through 45 games, the 2009 Tigers pitching staff has struck out 326 batters in...

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