Gerrit Cole ‘flattered’ by John Smoltz saying Astros rotation better than ’90s Braves: We have a ways to go Justin Verlander has reached 200 strikeouts this season.He becomes the 7th pitcher in MLB history to record 9 200-K seasons, joining Nolan Ryan (15), Randy Johnson (13), Roger Clemens (12), Tom Seaver (10), Pedro Martínez (9), and Bob Gibson (9). pic.twitter.com/2mz0C1KHRN— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 4, 2019Along with Verlander, Nolan Ryan (15), Randy Johnson (13), Roger Clemens (12), Tom Seaver (10), Pedro Martínez (9), and Bob Gibson (9) all have accomplished the feat. Out of these six pitchers, only Clemens isn’t in the MLB Hall of Fame. Related News Out of Verlander’s 15 seasons in the league, nine of them saw him record at least 200 strikeouts. According to ESPN Stats and Info, that makes Verlander the seventh pitcher in MLB history to have nine seasons with 200-plus strikeouts. Chris Sale not optimistic umpire will be held accountable for missed calls: There’s nothing MLB is going to do MLB wrap: Yankees sweep doubleheader as Red Sox team meeting not enough to halt losing streak Justin Verlander joined some elite company Sunday afternoon.The Astros ace was on fire against the Mariners, recording four strikeouts on the day. Those four strikeouts pushed Verlander to 200 strikeouts on the season. Verlander leads active players with the most 200-plus strikeout seasons, as well. Both Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw have seven seasons with 200 or more strikeouts.Verlander, 36, has shined this season in an All-Star rotation that features Gerrit Cole and now Zack Greinke. Before Sunday’s game, he had a league-best 14-4 record in 23 starts with an AL-best 2.73 ERA.