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Angels Ervin Santana Records Strikeout #1,000

Jose Can You See?
Jose Can You See?

In the first inning of Wednesday night's game against the Rangers, Ervin Santana struck out Michael Young. It was the 1,000th strikeout of the Dominican righty's career, spent entirely with the Angels.

Santana became the seventh pitcher in Angels history to record 1,000 strikeouts with the franchise.


The out itself gave him 1,244 Innings Pitched in the big leagues, also ranking 7th in club history, a position he recorded in his previous start when his complete game allowed him to pass Dean Chance's 1,236 IP on the Anaheim mound. There is no rest at the mark, though, as teammate Jered Weaver is close behind with 932 career strikeouts, all with the club, in only 1,077 IP.

Two players have recorded more than 2,000 strikeouts with the club. Nolan Ryan is the alltime Angels leader with 2,416 of his major league record 5,714 strikeouts under the halo. Chuck Finley is second with 2,151.

Interestingly, the gap between them and the field may make third place doable for the 28-year old Magic Man. After Young's STFD, Ervin was only 283 Ks behind Mike Witt for third place all time and Witt's 1,283. What does that mean for Frank Tanana? Well, Witt are just fifty ahead of Tanana's 1,233 strikeouts. John "Benedict Arnold" Lackey (1,201) and Mark Langston (1,112) rank fifth and sixth respectively in team history.

Stats thanks to Sean Forman's Baseball Reference Dot Com, I cannot keep ALL this stuff in my head.