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Best Relief Pitching Seasons of All-Time

1871-2016 (Regular Season).

Year of the relief pitcher, 2016, sees three of the best relief pitching seasons of all-time with Kenley Jansen, Mark Melancon, and Zach Britton. Two make the Top Ten. Check where they fit in.



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Rank Name Year Team Lg W L SV IP ERA Age PEVA-P
1 Quisenberry Dan 1983 KCA AL 5 3 45 139.0 1.94 30 24.535
2 Gagne Eric 2003 LAN NL 2 3 55 82.3 1.20 27 23.161
3 McDaniel Lindy 1960 SLN NL 12 4 26 116.3 2.09 25 22.970
4 Moore Wilcy 1927 NYA AL 19 7 13 213.0 2.28 30 22.864
5 Jansen Kenley 2016 LAN NL 3 2 47 68.7 1.83 29 22.072
6 Melancon Mark 2016 MULT NL 2 2 47 71.3 1.64 31 22.036
7 Hernandez Willie 1984 DET AL 9 3 32 140.3 1.92 30 21.765
8 Rivera Mariano 2001 NYA AL 4 6 50 80.7 2.34 32 21.526
9 Konstanty Jim 1950 PHI NL 16 7 22 152.0 2.66 33 20.439
10 Sutter Bruce 1979 CHN NL 6 6 37 101.3 2.22 26 20.400
11 Gagne Eric 2002 LAN NL 4 1 52 82.3 1.97 26 20.362
12 Rodney Fernando 2012 TBA AL 2 2 48 74.7 0.60 35 20.284
13 Fingers Rollie 1981 ML4 AL 6 3 28 78.0 1.04 35 20.222
14 Wetteland John 1993 MON NL 9 3 43 85.3 1.37 27 20.171
15 Rivera Mariano 2005 NYA AL 7 4 43 78.3 1.38 36 20.171
16 Sutter Bruce 1977 CHN NL 7 3 31 107.3 1.34 24 19.860
17 Jones Doug 1992 HOU NL 11 8 36 111.7 1.85 35 19.538
18 Putz J.J. 2006 SEA AL 4 1 36 78.3 2.30 29 19.452
19 Holland Greg 2013 KCA AL 2 1 47 67.0 1.21 28 19.447
20 Radatz Dick 1962 BOS AL 9 6 24 124.7 2.24 25 19.399
  • 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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