2022 MLB Season Strikeout Leaders: Odds, Stats & Projections
From a pitching standpoint, the 2021 MLB season produced far different results than the previous full season, or any recent full seasons.
Last season, only five pitchers won 15 or more games, only four hit the 200-inning mark, and just 17 pitchers reached 200 strikeouts. By contrast, in 2019, 17 pitchers won at least 15 games, 15 pitched at least 200 innings, and 24 had at least 200 strikeouts.
New Mariner Ray Takes Aim at Second Straight Strikeout Crown
Still, there were plenty of standout pitching performances, and for all of the contact that hitters made, there were plenty of whiffs as well.
That said, Robbie Ray’s MLB-leading strikeout total of 248 was the lowest for a league leader since 2012, when Justin Verlander sat atop the heap with “just” 239 strikeouts.
Ray beat out Zack Wheeler (247) and Gerrit Cole (243) for the strikeout title, and he also beat out Cole for the AL Cy Young. His success paid off in the offseason, as he signed a five-year, $115 million contract to swap Toronto for the Seattle Mariners.
The change in teams doesn’t mean a change in expectations, however. Ray enters the 2022 MLB season expected to make a run at a second straight strikeout crown and AL Cy Young.
No one has led the majors in strikeouts in consecutive seasons since former Mariner, Hall of Famer, and noted bird murderer Randy Johnson two decades ago. “The Big Unit” led the league in Ks in back-to-back-to-back seasons from 1999 to 2002, while with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Five pitchers–Tim Lincecum, Max Scherzer, and Jacob deGrom in the NL, and Johan Santana and Justin Verlander in the AL–have since led their respective leagues, but no one has topped the overall charts. Will Ray break the streak?
Who Will Lead MLB in Strikeouts in the 2022 Regular Season?
Odds are via Caesars Sportsbook as of Thursday, April 7, 2022.
- Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees +400
- Robbie Ray, Seattle Mariners +600 (2021 MLB strikeout leader)
- Max Scherzer, New York Mets +600
- Corbin Burnes, Milwaukee Brewers +1000
- Shane Bieber, Cleveland Guardians +1100 (2020 MLB strikeout leader – made only one 2021 start)
- Zack Wheeler, Philadelphia Phillies +1200 (2nd in MLB in strikeouts in 2021)
- Jacob DeGrom, New York Mets +1500*
- Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies +2000
- Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox +2000
- Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox +2000
- Justin Verlander, Houston Astros +2500
- Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee Brewers +2500
- Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers +3000
- Freddy Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers +3000
- Jose Berrios, Toronto Blue Jays +3000
- Sandy Alcantara, Miami Marlins +4000
- Kevin Gausman, Toronto Blue Jays +4000
- Charlie Morton, Atlanta Braves +4000
- Carlos Rodon, San Francisco Giants +5000
- Eduardo Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers +5000
- Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals +5000
- Frankie Montas, Oakland A’s +5000
- Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds +5000
- Alek Manoah, Toronto Blue Jays +5000
- Blake Snell, San Diego Padres +5000
- German Marquez, Colorado Rockies +5000
- Yu Darvish, San Diego Padres +5000
- Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels +5000
- Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox +5000
- Joe Musgrove, San Diego Padres +5000
- Tarik Skubal, Detroit Tigers +5000
- Lance Lynn, Chicago White Sox +5000**
*It was announced on April 1 (of all days, yes) that deGrom would start the MLB season on the injured list after suffering a stress reaction in his right shoulder, and he will be evaluated again in a month.
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