Corbin Burnes had his name in an MLB record book at the top of a list. Imagine! Of every player in league history, of all the great pitchers, Corbin Burnes had his name at the top of a leaderboard that included dominant pitchers from the game's history, including Curt Schilling and Greg Maddux.
And though he only tallied one more K before allowing a walk to Tommy Edman later in that same game, he had just set a brand new record that was fresh and would be held for quite some time... right?
Not on Gerrit Cole's watch. Sorry, Corbin, but your time atop that leaderboard is up. If there's a strikeout record that's waiting to be broken in MLB's record books, odds are that Cole is on the prowl.
In Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers, Cole struck out the side in his first inning to put his season total at a whopping 81 Ks in 53.2 innings of work. In doing so, he struck out his 57th, 58th and 59th straight batters without issuing a walk. Of course, that was enough to seal the deal.
We'll ignore the fact that he gave up a deep home run to start off what would be a three-run second inning for Texas and instead just enjoy the strikeout accomplishment for the purposes of this article. It's definitely not the first strikeout milestone that he's achieved this year or during his career with the Yankees, and it certainly isn't going to be the last.