There were 89 pitchers who received credited for a 10-K game, with Chris Sale of the White Sox and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers having the most with 13 followed by Washington’s Max Scherzer with 11.
The Colorado Rockies were the only team not to have a pitcher with a 10-strikeout performance, while the Seattle Mariners had the most different hurlers to record 10 or more whiffs in a game with six—Felix Hernandez, Taijuan Walker, Jisashi Iwakuma, Vidal Nuno, Mike Montgomery and Roenis Elias.
Three pitchers fanned 10 or more batters in a game with different teams last season—Cole Hamels (Phillies and Rangers), David Price (Tigers and Blue Jays) and Mike Fiers (Brewers and Astros).
Among the 219 games in which a pitcher struck out 10 or more batters, there were 50 that the 10-K pitcher did not issue a walk. Kluber registered the most strikeouts in a game without a walk with 18, followed by Scherzer with 17, Michael Pineda of the Yankees with 16 and Chris Archer of the Rays with 15. Kluber became only the fifth pitcher in baseball history to fan 18 or more batters in a game without allowing a base on balls, a feat accomplished by Randy Johnson, Kerry Wood, Roger Clemens and Luis Tiant.