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Best Relief Pitching Seasons of All-Time

1871-2018 (Regular Season).



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Rank Name First Year Team Lg W L SV IP ERA AGE PEVA-P
21 Putz J.J. 2006 SEA AL 4 1 36 78.3 2.30 29 19.452
22 Holland Greg 2013 KCA AL 2 1 47 67.0 1.21 28 19.447
23 Radatz Dick 1962 BOS AL 9 6 24 124.7 2.24 25 19.399
24 Britton Zach 2016 BAL AL 2 1 47 67.0 0.54 29 18.823
25 Treinen Blake 2018 OAK AL 9 2 38 80.3 0.78 30 18.930
26 Eckersley Dennis 1990 OAK AL 4 2 48 73.3 0.61 36 18.752
27 Gagne Eric 2004 LAN NL 7 3 45 82.3 2.19 28 18.671
28 Gossage Rich 1977 PIT NL 11 9 26 133.0 1.62 26 18.589
29 Nathan Joe 2006 MIN AL 7 0 36 68.3 1.58 32 18.535
30 Kimbrel Craig 2012 ATL NL 3 1 42 62.7 1.01 24 18.504
31 Quisenberry Dan 1984 KCA AL 6 3 44 129.3 2.64 31 18.502
32 Jones Doug 1997 ML4 AL 6 6 36 80.3 2.02 40 18.476
33 Montgomery Jeff 1993 KCA AL 7 5 45 87.3 2.27 31 18.356
34 Hiller John 1973 DET AL 10 5 38 125.3 1.44 30 18.324
35 Rivera Mariano 2011 NYA AL 1 2 44 61.3 1.91 42 18.288
36 Sutter Bruce 1984 SLN NL 5 7 45 122.7 1.54 31 18.275
37 Hoffman Trevor 1998 SDN NL 4 2 53 73.0 1.48 31 18.234
38 Eichhorn Mark 1986 TOR AL 14 6 10 157.0 1.72 26 18.200
39 Wagner Billy 1999 HOU NL 4 1 39 74.7 1.57 28 18.157
40 Abernathy Ted 1967 CIN NL 6 3 28 106.3 1.27 34 18.113

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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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