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Sep 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff (53) prepares to deliver a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Whatever Brandon Woodruff is eating for breakfast before games he pitches, he should keep doing it.

The Milwaukee Brewers starter has topped 10 strikeouts in each of his last two outings – 11 in six innings against Cincinnati on Sept. 11 and 10 vs. the New York Yankees six days later – and in three of his last five starts (also punching out 10 in six scoreless innings over the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 27).

That gives Woodruff five games this season with 10+ strikeouts, tying his most in any season of his career, which he also did in 2021. 

Woodruff, however, isn’t the king of double-digit K games on the Brewers. That title belongs to Corbin Burnes.

Burnes has nine such games this season, which is tied for the most in a single season in franchise history. Ben Sheets also had nine 10+ strikeout games in 2004. 

The previous career high for Burnes was eight, which he did last season. Burnes now has 21 games with 10 or more punchouts in his 70 career starts, or nearly a third (30%), which is top in Brewers annals. Yovani Gallardo held the top spot before this season with 18 – which he did in 211 starts (8.5%).

With Woodruff’s last performance, he’s tied Teddy Higuera for third on Milwaukee’s all-time list (no Brewers pitcher, by the way, has 10+ strikeouts in a playoff game).

Most 10+ K games in Brewers history
PLAYER NO.
Corbin Burnes 21
Yovani Gallardo 18
Brandon Woodruff 16
Teddy Higuera 16
Ben Sheets 15
Jimmy Nelson 7
Zack Greinke 7
Freddy Peralta 6
MIke Fiers 6
Marco Estrada 4

Burnes’ nine 10+ K games this season trail only San Francisco’s Carlos Rodon, who has 10. He’s also one of just six in 2022 to post a game with at least 14 strikeouts.

Eleven pitchers this season have five games with 10 or more strikeouts. Atlanta, with Spencer Strider (6) and Charlie Morton (5) are the only other team to have two starters with that many.

Elsewhere on the Brewers, Eric Lauer has two such games – both coming back in April – and Aaron Ashby and Freddy Peralta one each. 

Woodruff has turned the trick twice against Cincinnati. Burnes has faced the Reds once this season and whiffed nine. Both are scheduled to pitch later this week against the Reds, who are coming off a series against St. Louis in which they struck out 10+ times in three of the four games. Let’s just say the starts of Burnes and Woodruff will be must three (strikes) TV.