Texas Rangers' Top 5 Pitchers with the most strikeouts in a single season

August 22nd was the anniversary of Nolan Ryan striking out his 5,000 batter and so I wanted to celebrate that by looking back at the best single season strikeout kings for Texas
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#4 Nolan Ryan 232 Strikeouts in 1990

On several Texas Rangers pitching statistical categories it normally does not take long before Nolan Ryan's name will appear. Ryan in 1990 was entering his second season with the Rangers at 43-years-old. He had been in the majors at that time for 24 years. Ryan was not ready to hang them up yet. He was still pumping fastballs and making his legend known against a generation of batters that grew up watching Nolan Ryan.

June 11th against the defending World Series champion Oakland A's Ryan had another magical night in a career that was full of nights like this. He threw the sixth no-hitter of his career that night at Oakland Coliseum. He struck out 14 A's batters that night.

The season for Ryan saw him finish with a 13-9 record, a 3.44 ERA, 204 innings pitched, and he struck out 232 batters. Texas in Ryan's second season finished with an 83-79 record which was good for 3rd place in the AL West. The fans continued to fall in love with Ryan and flock to his home starts. It was a good time to be a Texas Rangers fan even if they were not able to end their playoff drought that season.