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Tigers tie the all time team strikeout record at 1404

Tiger pitchers have recorded 1404 strikeouts for the season, tying the all time record set by the 2003 Chicago Cubs.

Anibal Sanchez goes for 200 strikeouts on Saturday
Anibal Sanchez goes for 200 strikeouts on Saturday
Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

When Jose Veras recorded a strikeout of Giancarlo Stanton in the eighth inning on Friday night in Miami, the 1404th strikeout by a Tiger pitcher in the 2013 season, the Tigers tied the all time team record for strikeouts in a season, which was set by the 2003 Chicago Cubs.  The Tigers had already broken the American League record of 1383 strikeouts on Tuesday in Minnesota when Joaquin Benoit struck out the side in the ninth inning.

The Tigers will very likely break the record in Miami on Saturday, when they send Anibal Sanchez to the mound.  Sanchez has 194 strikeouts for the season, just six K's shy of the 200 milestone. Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander each have already eclipsed the 200 strikeout mark.

If Sanchez can record six strikeouts, the Tigers would be just the third team in major league history and the second in American league history to have three pitchers with 200 strikeouts each.  The feat was previously accomplished by the 1967 Minnesota Twins when Dave Boswell / Dean Chance / Jim Kaat recorded over 200 K's each, and by the 1969 Houston Astros when Larry Dierker / Tom Griffin / Don Wilson became the only National League team to do it.

The previous club strikeout record was set by the 2012 Tigers, who struck out 1318 hitters. Twice in the 70s the Tigers had two pitchers with 200 strikeouts each,  Mickey Lolich and Joe Coleman whiffed over 200 batters each in 1971 and again in 1972.

Edit: Verlander and Scherzer had 239 and 231 K's in 2012 also.