On Saturday, May 13, in the fifth inning, Zack Greinke achieved the feat by striking out rookie Milwaukee Brewers Bryce Turang and Joey Weimer. In his 20-year major league career, Greinke has hit out 999 and 1,000 different players, respectively.
Zack Greinke achieved a remarkable milestone by becoming one of the fifth MLB pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball to strike out 1,000 different hitters 20th Major League Baseball season. In which even the biggest pitchers of history did not participate.
The only other pitchers to achieve that accomplishment are Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, and Nolan Ryan.
The fourth player, Roger Clemens, very definitely had a Hall of Fame career but was never nominated because of his involvement with baseball’s PED era. The other three players are already members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Along with striking out 1,000 different batters, Greinke has a lifetime total of 2,914 strikeouts. Barring injury, he could surpass the 3,000 strikeout milestone later this season.
With a lifetime ERA of 3.45 and a 122 ERA+ (a league average pitcher has an ERA+ of 100), he has also been among the greatest and most effective pitchers of this time period. He also won a Cy Young Award in 2009, and four additional times he placed in the top 10.
Greinke has faced many different hitters during his tenure with many different teams in both the American League and the National League, In terms of ERA, he was first in both the American League (2009) and the National League (2015).
The only item missing from his CV is a World Series ring, although he has thrown in three World Series games while playing for the Houston Astros, and his World Series ERA is 1.80.
This season, Grienke made nine starts and struck out 32 batters.