When Felix Hernandez steps on the mound today, he will be going for a few personal pitching milestones.
Hernandez will be trying to notch career win number 100 in his career. He is also five strikeouts away from 1,500 in his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only four players have struck out more hitters before the age of 27 (Hernandez turns 27 on Monday). Bert Blyleven (1,728), Walter Johnson (1,683), Sam McDowell (1,653) and Dwight Gooden (1,541) sit ahead of Hernandez.
Of the pitchers with at least 100 wins and 1,500 before age 27, there are THREE– Blyleven, Gooden and Johnson.
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Pitchers with 100+ wins and 1500+ strikeouts before 27th birthday:
- Walter Johnson 1,683 strikeouts 179 wins
- Dwight Gooden 1,541 strikeouts 132 wins
- Bert Blyleven 1,728 strikeouts 122 wins
That’s some pretty good company.