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Best Pitching Seasons of All-Time

1871-2016 (Regular Season).

Big year for one pitcher as this Boston Red Sox entered the Top 100 list. Yes, Rick Porcello made it. Find out where. But this was really the year of the Relief Pitcher, with three entering the Top 40 and two entering the Top Ten.



Rank Name Year Team Lg W L SV IP ERA Age PEVA-P
1 Maddux Greg 1994 ATL NL 16 6 0 202.0 1.56 28 57.974
2 King Silver 1888 SL4 AA 45 21 0 585.7 1.64 20 56.728
3 Rusie Amos 1894 NY1 NL 36 13 1 444.0 2.78 23 55.357
4 Saberhagen Bret 1989 KCA AL 23 6 0 262.3 2.16 25 53.447
5 Johnson Walter 1912 WS1 AL 33 12 2 369.0 1.39 25 52.347
6 Grove Lefty 1930 PHA AL 28 5 9 291.0 2.54 30 52.344
7 Alexander Pete 1915 PHI NL 31 10 3 376.3 1.22 28 52.205
8 Maddux Greg 1995 ATL NL 19 2 0 209.7 1.63 29 52.118
9 Johnson Randy 2001 ARI NL 21 6 0 249.7 2.49 38 52.009
10 Hubbell Carl 1933 NY1 NL 23 12 5 308.7 1.66 30 52.001
11 Maddux Greg 1993 ATL NL 20 10 0 267.0 2.36 27 50.920
12 Koufax Sandy 1963 LAN NL 25 5 0 311.0 1.88 28 50.345
13 Arrieta Jake 2015 CHN NL 22 6 0 229.0 1.77 29 50.219
14 Maddux Greg 1992 CHN NL 20 11 0 268.0 2.18 26 49.969
15 Hubbell Carl 1936 NY1 NL 26 6 3 304.0 2.31 33 48.808
16 Young Cy 1901 BOS AL 33 10 0 371.3 1.62 34 48.628
17 Carlton Steve 1980 PHI NL 24 9 0 304.0 2.34 36 48.494
18 Newhouser Hal 1945 DET AL 25 9 2 313.3 1.81 24 48.483
19 Cooper Mort 1942 SLN NL 22 7 0 278.7 1.78 29 47.763
20 Alexander Pete 1916 PHI NL 33 12 3 389.0 1.55 29 47.561


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  • What is PEVA?

    PEVA is the acronym for Stat Geek Baseball's New Player Rating value. This grade is given to each player and pitcher each season, rating their performance on a peer to peer review. Six components for pitchers and batters are melded together into the PEVA Rating, which ranges each year from 0.200 to 64.000. For more information on PEVA and the other new Stat Geek Baseball Stats, see our Definitions page. PEVA ratings are available for every pitcher and hitter in baseball history.

    PEVA Scale

    64.000 - Maximum
    32.000 - Cy Young/MVP Candidate
    20.000 - All League
    15.000 - All-Star Level
    10.000 - Very Good
    3.500 - Average
    0.200 - Minimum


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Notes: Photo Credits: Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Christy Mathewson. Library of Congress.

Note: Age = Player age at the End of the Calendar Year. PEVA-B = PEVA Batting Player Rating.

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