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It’s one of the most dramatic showdowns in sports – the fireballing pitcher against the prolific slugger. The ace reaches back, summons everything he has, and blows the hitter away. Here are the 10 pitchers with the most strikeouts who are eligible for, but not yet, in Cooperstown.
1. Mickey Lolich (18th, 2832)
The easiest way to get K’s is to stay in the game, and the Tiger favorite did precisely that, throwing more than 300 innings in four consecutive seasons, including an eye-popping 376 in 1971. Lolich led the AL with 45 starts and 25 wins that season, a nice comeback from 1970 when he paced the AL with 19 losses.