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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
61 Walters Bucky 1939 CIN NL 27 11 0 319.0 2.29 30 41.246
62 Chesbro Jack 1904 NYA AL 41 12 0 454.7 1.82 30 41.233
63 Smoltz John 1996 ATL NL 24 8 0 253.7 2.94 29 41.196
64 Greinke Zach 2015 LAN NL 19 3 0 222.7 1.66 32 41.195
65 Peavy Jake 2007 SDN NL 19 6 0 223.3 2.54 26 41.135
66 Young Cy 1889 SLN NL 26 16 1 369.3 2.58 32 40.907
67 Brown Mordecai 1909 CHN NL 27 9 7 342.7 1.31 33 40.455
68 Porcello Rick 2016 BOS AL 22 4 0 223.0 3.15 28 40.336
69 Martinez Pedro 2000 BOS AL 18 6 0 217.0 1.74 29 40.251
70 Alexander Pete 1920 CHN NL 27 14 5 363.3 1.91 33 40.230
71 Brown Kevin 1996 FLO NL 17 11 0 233.0 1.89 31 40.004
72 Alexander Pete 1917 PHI NL 30 13 0 388.0 1.83 30 39.958
73 Kershaw Clayton 2014 LAN NL 21 3 0 198.3 1.77 26 39.635
74 Spahn Warren 1947 BSN NL 21 10 3 289.7 2.33 26 39.610
75 Guidry Ron 1978 NYA AL 25 3 0 273.7 1.74 28 39.576
76 Sabathia C.C 2008 CLE/MIL AL 17 10 0 253.0 2.70 28 39.539
77 Sabathia C.C. 2007 CLE AL 19 7 0 241.0 3.21 27 39.488
78 Trout Dizzy 1944 DET AL 27 14 0 352.3 2.12 29 39.350
79 Hecker Guy 1884 LS2 AA 52 20 0 670.7 1.80 28 39.319
80 Carlton Steve 1972 PHI NL 27 10 0 346.3 1.97 28 39.105


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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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