Mark Reynolds is the only player in major league history to strike out 200 times in a season, and he did it three consecutive years for the Arizona Diamondbacks with totals of 204 in 2008, 223 in 2009 and 211 in 2010.
The Detroit Tigers have two players on pace to strike out more than 200 times with 20 percent of the 2011 season in the books.
Center fielder Austin Jackson, who struck out 170 times as a rookie, leads the majors with 45 and would finish with 221 at his current pace. He would challenge Reynolds' record of 223 if he stays up all season and doesn't improve. Though, he likely will get a chance to regroup in Toledo if he doesn't begin making contact more regularly this month.
Outfielder Ryan Raburn is second in the majors with 41 strikeouts and on pace for 201.
"We are striking out way too much," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I'm surprised that it's that much, but that's just the way it is."
Detroit has the second-most strikeouts in the American League with 248 through the first 33 games and is on pace for 1,217. The major league record is 1,529 strikeouts by the 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks.
Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge has struck out between 128 and 170 times in each of his five full seasons since 2005. So, the 28 strikeouts that have him on pace for 138 is in the normal range. What has been alarming are the 17 strikeouts in 42 at-bats since April 23. That's closing in on one every other at-bat.
"I don't see any problem with the stroke," Leyland said. "It's the recognition of pitches. He's not picking up the breaking ball right now. I'm going to give him the last day off here (on Monday) and a day off in Minnesota. But we'll see how things go here with these lefties."
Inge, a right-handed hitter, faced Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero on Saturday and will go Sunday against lefty Jo-Jo Reyes.
"I'm trying to relax and not be so mechanical," Inge said. "I'm not recognizing pitches. It's just because I'm trying to see it rather than relaxing. You put yourself in a tense position and you don't recognize as well. You try harder, you get more tense."
Jackson, Raburn on pace for 200-strikeout seasons at plate
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