Spencer Strider beats out Randy Johnson for fastest to 200 strikeouts in a season

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Braves right-hander Spencer Strider continues to establish himself as one of the best young pitchers in the game.

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Now, he's even making history that places his name alongside some of the best ever to take the mound.

On Sunday, Strider claimed his 200th strikeout victim in just his 130th inning on the season. In doing so, the flame-throwing rookie became the fastest pitcher to the 200-strikeout mark in a single season, beating out Hall of Famer Randy Johnson by two-thirds of an inning.

The record-setting strikeout came in the top of the fifth inning, against Phillies right fielder Nick Maton.

Strider went on to strike out 10 Phillies on the day, allowing just one hit, three walks and one earned run in six innings en route to his 11th win.

Not only was Strider the fastest ever to reach 200 strikeouts, he is also in rare company for rookie pitchers. Since 1995, only four other rookie hurlers have reached the mark -- all of them needing more innings to get there.

For the season, Strider boasts a tidy 2.67 ERA and eye-popping 13.81 strikeouts per nine innings.

Despite Strider's rookie brilliance, the former Clemson star was actually the second-favorite for NL Rookie of the Year honors after Sunday's action, with most oddsmakers tabbing teammate Michael Harris as the most likely to take home the award.

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