Justin Verlander is going to pad any team's season strikeout totals, but the Detroit Tigers' ace isn't the only one who is filling up the box score as the 2012 Tigers are on pace to break the franchise strikeout record.
In fact, Verlander is not only second in the American League in strikeouts with 180 in 181 1/3 innings, but he's second on his own team behind flame-throw Max Scherzer.
Scherzer struck out eight Blue Jays Tuesday night to take over the AL lead in strikeouts. They both trail major-league leader R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets. Verlander and Scherzer have combined to strikeout 367 batters in 2012 and help the Tigers pass the 1,000-strikeout mark, which they did Wednesday night. They sit at 1,007 on the season and are on pace for 1,334 strikeouts with 39 games to play --- easily surpassing the club's all-time mark of 1,115 set in 1968 and 2011.
Analysis: The Tigers strike out a lot of hitters. And Justin Verlander continues to be a god for my fantasy team.