A.J. Burnett has the NL's most strikeouts, and Astros' hitters have struck out the most times in MLB. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
A.J. Burnett will start Saturday night with the most strikeouts (72) in the National League and 25,000 bobbleheads with his face in the PNC Park stands.
While he trails MLB leader Yu Darvish (86 strikeouts), Burnett faces a Houston offense that has struck out the most times in baseball this season. Burnett's strikeout rate has jumped to a career-best 31.6%, but manager Clint Hurdle wants to make sure his staff ace is not only hunting for K's.
"Two- and three-pitch outs are good," Hurdle said. "Those are probably what he's gonna try to focus a little bit on as well," as Burnett knows there are only so many pitches left on his arm at age 36.
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