However, neither run record will occur in the immediate future. He will, however, soon reach a milestone that may not be reached for a very long time, if ever. The seventh hit he allows Wednesday night (or from this point forward) will be the 4000th hit allowed of his career. He'll be the 39th pitcher in baseball history to reach that mark and the first since Tom Glavine in 2006. Behind Moyer, there's no one even close to 4000.
Randy Johnson is currently at 3339 hits allowed. John Smoltz just passed 3000, 37-year-old Andy Pettitte is at 2990. Always hittable Livan Hernandez is still five seasons of 200+ hits away from the mark. The top pitchers 30 and younger are Mark Buehrle (30) at 2043, Jon Garland (29) at 1850, and CC Sabathia (28) at 1656. It's hard to stay around long enough to give up 4000 hits, especially with the increase in strikeouts these days compared to the past.
Here are the last ten pitchers to reach the 4000 hit plateau:
|Tom Glavine||September 19, 2006||Josh Willingham (single)|
|Roger Clemens||June 22, 2006||Jason Kubel (double)|
|Greg Maddux||July 31, 2005||Chad Tracy (double)|
|Frank Tanana||August 8, 1993||Carlos Garcia (single)|
|Bert Blyleven||July 14, 1988||Ken Gerhart (single)|
|Don Sutton||April 22, 1985||Bobby Grich (single)|
|Tommy John||July 21, 1984||Jackie Gutierrez (single)|
|Steve Carlton||April 8, 1984||Nick Esasky (double)|
|Fergie Jenkins||May 1, 1983||Mike Scioscia (single)|
|Phil Niekro||September 22, 1982||Alan Ashby (single)|
Even if someone does reach 4000 hits after Moyer, I have to believe Phil Niekro will be the last pitcher to give up 5000 hits in his career.