By Comparsion: Marquez Makes a Striking Statement

German Marquez made a statement of power in helping pitch the Rockies into first place in the NL West in a 14-0 victory against the Phillies at Coors Field on Wednesday night. In the process of setting a franchise single-season strikeout record, Marquez claimed a place in MLB history, striking out the first eight batters he faced with only 29 pitches — 24 strikes and five balls.

The streak ended when on an 0-2 pitch fellow pitcher Nick Pivetta hit a nubber to the third base side of first base, which Marquez fielded, but bounced the throw to first for an error.

The modern-day record (since 1900) was set by Jim Deshaies of the Astros against the Dodgers on Sept. 23, 1986, and equaled by Jacob deGrom of the Mets on Sept. 15, 2014 against the Marlins.


On the Marq

Batter Balls Strikes Pitches Total
Top of 1 B-K-T
Cesar Hernández struck out. 1 3 4 1-3-4
Carlos Santana struck out. 1 3 4 2-6-8
Odubel Herrera struck out 0 3 3 2-9-11
Top of 2
Hoskins struck out. 0 3 3 2-12-14
Roman Quinn struck out. 1 3 4 3-15-18
Dylan Cozen struck out. 2 3 5 5-18-23
Top of 3
Scott Kingery struck out. 0 3 3 5-21-26
Andrew Knapp struck out. 0 3 3 5-24-29
Nick Pivetta safe at 1st, E-1. 0 3 3 5-27-32

Marquez finished the game with 11 strikeouts in seven innings, equaling the second-highest strikeout total in his career, two shy of the record 13 Padres he struck out on Aug. 30 this season.

Date Vs. SO
8/30/2018 @SD 13
9/4/2018 SF 11
9/10/2018 Ari 11
9/21/2018 @Ari 11
9/26/2018 Phi 11
7/29/2017 @Was 10
8/29/2017 Det 10
8/8/2018 Pit 10

Marquez has eight double-figure strikeout totals in his career, six of which have come this season, including all five of his games of 11 or more stirkeouts in his last six starts.

His season total of 221 strikeouts is seven more than the single-season franchise record set by Ubaldo Jimenez in 2010.

Marquez has set the tone for a Rockies pitching staff that has set a franchise record with 1,364 strikeouts, 94 more than the record set a year ago, with four games remaining on the regular-season schedule.

He also is one of four members of this year’s rotation who have reached strikeout totals that rank among the top 13 single-season totals in franchise history.

Striking a Historical Accomplishment

Player Season SO Team SO
German Marquez 2018 221 2018 1364
Ubaldo Jimenez 2010 214 2017 1270
Pedro Astacio 1999 210 2010 1234
Ubaldo Jimenez 2009 198 2016 1223
Pedro Astacio 2000 193 2009 1154
Jorge De La Rosa 2009 193 2012 1144
Jon Gray 2016 185 2011 1118
Jon Gray 2018 182 2015 1112
Ubaldo Jimenez 2008 172 2014 1074
Pedro Astacio 1998 170 2013 1064
Kyle Freeland 2018 169
Jeff Francis 2007 165
Tyler Anderson 2018 159
Tyler Anderson 2018 159

With the win on Wednesday, the Rockies have the second-best record in franchise history after 158 games, and if they were to win the final four games of the season they would equal the franchise single-season record for wins, which was set in 2009.

At the 158-Game Mark

Tm W L W-L% RS RA Rdiff Twl Rank Postseason
2009 90 68 0.57 788 700 88 92-70 2 Wildcard
2018 88 70 0.557 754 723 31 TBD TBD TBD
2007 86 72 0.544 824 738 86 90-73 2 NL Pennant
2017 85 73 0.538 794 736 58 87-75 3 Wildcard
2010 83 75 0.525 768 701 67 83-79 3
1997 82 76 0.519 900 874 26 83-79 3
1996 81 77 0.513 936 941 -5 83-79 3
2000 80 78 0.506 949 873 76 82-80 4
1998 75 83 0.475 793 820 -27 77-85 4
2006 74 84 0.468 781 774 7 76-86 4
2016 74 84 0.468 832 842 -10 75-87 3


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