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1871-2016 (Regular Season).



RANK YEAR TEAM LG REG. PEVA W L SV ERA Adj.F ADJ. PEVA
1 1888 St. Louis Browns AA 70.183 92 43 0 2.09 2.378 166.887
2 1894 New York Giants NL 91.509 88 44 5 3.83 1.667 152.510
3 1993 Atlanta Braves NL 145.575 104 58 46 3.14 1.008 146.696
4 1925 Cincinnati Reds NL 123.561 80 73 12 3.37 1.184 146.284
5 1909 Chicago Cubs NL 84.728 104 49 11 1.74 1.637 138.669
6 1998 Atlanta Braves NL 135.255 106 56 45 3.25 1.008 136.296
7 1997 Atlanta Braves NL 135.166 101 61 37 3.18 1.008 136.207
8 2011 Philadelphia Phillies NL 135.613 102 60 47 3.02 1.000 135.613
9 2016 Chicago Cubs NL 135.090 103 58 38 3.15 1.000 135.090
10 1933 New York Giants NL 104.438 91 61 15 2.71 1.282 133.899
11 1996 Atlanta Braves NL 131.693 96 66 46 3.54 1.008 132.708
12 1940 Cincinnati Reds NL 106.689 100 53 11 3.05 1.225 130.704
13 1954 Cleveland Indians AL 110.051 111 43 36 2.78 1.185 130.455
14 1939 Cincinnati Reds NL 101.004 97 57 9 3.27 1.282 129.496
15 2012 Cincinnati Reds NL 129.337 97 65 56 3.34 1.000 129.337
16 1879 Boston Red Cap NL 43.543 54 30 0 2.19 2.916 126.967
17 1910 Philadelphia Athletics AL 80.273 102 48 5 1.79 1.579 126.722
18 1970 Baltimore Orioles AL 98.779 108 54 31 3.15 1.265 124.921
19 1912 Washington Senators AL 79.087 91 61 7 2.69 1.579 124.851
20 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 102.437 95 59 33 3.49 1.210 123.949


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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


Notes: Photo/Image Credits: Baseball painting, Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Ty Cobb, and Christy Mathewson. Library of Congress.

Explanation: It is much easier to compare a great Batting Team over the history of the game than a Pitching Team. Pitching staffs have grown in number from five to ten to twelve today that there needs to be an adjustment to the ratings to provide a better comparison. That is why you see two numbers above, the regular PEVA pitching Total, and an adjusted by decade PEVA total per decade.

Note: PITCHING APEVA = Total team pitching PEVA adjusted for decade. BATTING PEVA = Unadjusted batting PEVA total for team. TOTAL PEVA = Total of Adjusted Pitching PEVA and Batting PEVA. Leagues: NA - National Association. AL - American League. NL - National League. RBI/AB = RBI per AB. Regular PEVA = Total PEVA for all pitchers during the year per team. AdjF = Adjustment Factor per decade. Adj. PEVA = Comparative Total for pitching staffs, REG. PEVA x ADJ. FACTOR.

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