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In 1983, the late Paul Splittorff led the Kansas City Royals pitching staff in strikeouts. Through the first half of 2012, three relievers have exceeded his total for that entire season:

Player

Year

IP

PA

K

Aroldis Chapman

2012

39.1

151

71

Kenley Jansen

2012

39.1

151

63

Ernesto Frieri

2012

38.0

155

63

Paul Splittorff

1983

156.0

667

61

Splittorff won 166 games over a 15-year career. Different pitchers, different eras. The mind boggles.

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jafessenden
7/12
The biggest fact might be: different hitters.