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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
81 Santana Johan 2004 MIN AL 20 6 0 228.0 2.61 25 39.021
82 Newhouser Hal 1946 DET AL 26 9 1 292.7 1.94 25 38.936
83 Tudor John 1985 SLN NL 21 8 0 275.0 1.93 31 38.832
84 Roberts Robin 1951 PHI NL 21 15 2 315.0 3.03 25 38.640
85 Schilling Curt 2001 ARI NL 22 6 0 256.7 2.98 35 38.613
86 Martinez Pedro 1997 MON NL 17 8 0 241.3 1.90 26 38.574
87 Friend Bob 1960 PIT NL 18 12 1 275.7 3.00 30 38.546
88 Grove Lefty 1929 PHA AL 20 6 4 275.3 2.81 29 38.544
89 Young Cy 1896 CL4 NL 28 15 3 414.3 3.24 29 38.520
90 Radbourn Charley 1884 PRO NL 59 12 1 678.7 1.38 30 36.790
91 Bradley George 1876 SL3 NL 45 19 0 573.0 1.23 24 36.677
92 Walters Bucky 1940 CIN NL 22 10 0 305.0 2.48 31 36.538
93 Nichols Kid 1898 BSN NL 31 12 4 388.0 2.13 29 38.155
94 Wood Joe 1912 BOS AL 34 5 1 344.0 1.91 23 38.082
95 Kershaw Clayton 2015 LAN NL 16 7 0 232.7 2.13 27 38.045
96 Gooden Dwight 1984 NYN NL 17 9 0 218.0 2.60 20 37.956
97 Rusie Amos 1893 NY1 NL 33 21 1 482.0 3.23 22 37.905
98 Brecheen Harry 1948 SLN NL 20 7 1 233.3 2.24 34 37.896
99 Martinez Pedro 2002 BOS AL 20 4 0 199.3 2.26 31 37.759
100 Lincecum Tim 2009 SFN NL 15 7 0 225.3 2.48 25 37.546


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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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