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Image above: Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators.

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Best Pitching Seasons of All-Time

1871-2016 (Regular Season).



Rank Name Year Team Lg Win Loss Save IP ERA Age PEVA-P
21 Nichols Kid 1897 BSN NL 31 11 3 368.0 2.64 28 47.498
22 Lee Cliff 2008 CLE AL 22 3 0 223.3 2.54 30 47.174
23 Maddux Greg 1997 ATL NL 19 4 0 232.7 2.20 31 47.132
24 Clemens Roger 1997 TOR AL 21 7 0 264.0 2.05 35 47.079
25 Maddux Greg 1998 ATL NL 18 9 0 251.0 2.22 32 46.792
26 Santana Johan 2006 MIN AL 19 6 0 233.7 2.77 27 46.748
27 Blackwell Ewell 1947 CIN NL 22 8 0 273.0 2.47 25 46.689
28 Feller Bob 1940 CLE AL 27 11 4 320.3 2.61 22 46.643
29 Grove Lefty 1931 PHA AL 31 4 5 288.7 2.06 31 46.335
30 Koufax Sandy 1965 LAN NL 26 8 2 335.7 2.04 30 46.321
31 Walsh Ed 1908 CHA AL 40 15 6 464.0 1.42 27 46.136
32 Halladay Roy 2008 TOR AL 20 11 0 246.0 2.78 31 46.107
33 Martinez Pedro 1999 BOS AL 23 4 0 213.3 2.07 28 45.790
34 Johnson Walter 1910 WS1 AL 25 17 1 370.0 1.36 23 45.752
35 Gooden Dwight 1985 NYN NL 24 4 0 276.7 1.53 21 45.645
36 Johnson Randy 2004 ARI NL 16 14 0 245.7 2.60 41 44.961
37 Scott Mike 1986 HOU NL 18 10 0 275.3 2.22 31 44.955
38 Vance Dazzy 1924 BRO NL 28 6 0 308.3 2.16 33 44.534
39 Verlander Justin 2011 DET AL 24 5 0 251.0 2.40 28 43.997
40 Hubbell Carl 1934 NY1 NL 21 12 8 313.0 2.30 31 43.860


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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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