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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 Devlin Jim 1877 LS1 NL 35 25 0 559.0 2.25 28 41.423
62 Walters Bucky 1939 CIN NL 27 11 0 319.0 2.29 30 41.246
63 Chesbro Jack 1904 NYA AL 41 12 0 454.7 1.82 30 41.233
64 Smoltz John 1996 ATL NL 24 8 0 253.7 2.94 29 41.196
65 Greinke Zach 2015 LAN NL 19 3 0 222.7 1.66 32 41.195
66 Peavy Jake 2007 SDN NL 19 6 0 223.3 2.54 26 41.135
67 Young Cy 1889 SLN NL 26 16 1 369.3 2.58 32 40.907
68 Brown Mordecai 1909 CHN NL 27 9 7 342.7 1.31 33 40.455
69 Porcello Rick 2016 BOS AL 22 4 0 223.0 3.15 28 40.336
70 Martinez Pedro 2000 BOS AL 18 6 0 217.0 1.74 29 40.251
71 Alexander Pete 1920 CHN NL 27 14 5 363.3 1.91 33 40.230
72 Brown Kevin 1996 FLO NL 17 11 0 233.0 1.89 31 40.004
73 Alexander Pete 1917 PHI NL 30 13 0 388.0 1.83 30 39.958
74 Kershaw Clayton 2014 LAN NL 21 3 0 198.3 1.77 26 39.635
75 Spahn Warren 1947 BSN NL 21 10 3 289.7 2.33 26 39.610
76 Guidry Ron 1978 NYA AL 25 3 0 273.7 1.74 28 39.576
77 Sale Chris 2017 BOS AL 17 8 0 214.3 2.90 28 39.592
78 Sabathia C.C 2008 CLE/MIL AL 17 10 0 253.0 2.70 28 39.539
79 Sabathia C.C. 2007 CLE AL 19 7 0 241.0 3.21 27 39.488
80 Trout Dizzy 1944 DET AL 27 14 0 352.3 2.12 29 39.350


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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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