Their season highs were almost identical. Johnson fanned 372 batters in 2001 (at age 38). He finished 11 shy of Ryan’s record of 383 set in 1973.
There was, however, one big difference in those two performances: Johnson’s strikeouts came in 249.2 innings while Ryan’s came in 326 innings. That raises the question: What if Johnson had pitched as many innings as Ryan?
To give you an idea of what the answer would be: The Big Unit fanned 488 batters from July 9, 2000, to Sept. 2, 2001, a span of 325 innings. For his career, Johnson threw 1,250.2 fewer innings than Ryan, or roughly the equivalent of five full seasons.
A few more reasons why it’s the Big Unit over the Ryan Express:
Johnson had a live arm but also a long, sweeping delivery that he had trouble repeating early in his career. That led to bouts of wildness (just ask John Kruk). Johnson led the majors in walks for three consecutive seasons, from 1990 through 1992.
The most recent wild-card team to win the World Series was the San Francisco Giants in 2014. They defeated another wild-card winner in the Kansas City Royals. A wild-card team has won the World Series six times since the wild card was added in 1994. The Marlins are the only team to win the World Series twice as a wild card (1997, 2003).
Which team will have home field advantage in the World Series?
This season, the MLB All-Star Game did not determine which league will have home-field advantage for the World Series. The team with the better record will now hold home-field advantage in the World Series.
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