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Best Pitching Seasons of All-Time

1871-2020 (Regular Season).



Rank Name Year Team Lg W L SV IP ERA AGE PEVA-P
81 Sabathia C.C 2008 CLE/MIL AL 17 10 0 253.0 2.70 28 39.539
82 Kershaw Clayton 2011 LAN NL 21 5 0 233.3 2.28 23 39.502
83 Sabathia C.C. 2007 CLE AL 19 7 0 241.0 3.21 27 39.488
84 Trout Dizzy 1944 DET AL 27 14 0 352.3 2.12 29 39.350
85 Hecker Guy 1884 LS2 AA 52 20 0 670.7 1.80 28 39.319
86 Carlton Steve 1972 PHI NL 27 10 0 346.3 1.97 28 39.105
87 Santana Johan 2004 MIN AL 20 6 0 228.0 2.61 25 39.021
88 Newhouser Hal 1946 DET AL 26 9 1 292.7 1.94 25 38.935
89 Tudor John 1985 SLN NL 21 8 0 275.0 1.93 31 38.832
90 Roberts Robin 1951 PHI NL 21 15 2 315.0 3.03 25 38.640
91 Schilling Curt 2001 ARI NL 22 6 0 256.7 2.98 35 38.613
92 Martinez Pedro 1997 MON NL 17 8 0 241.3 1.90 26 38.574
93 Friend Bob 1960 PIT NL 18 12 1 275.7 3.00 30 38.546
94 Grove Lefty 1929 PHA AL 20 6 4 275.3 2.81 29 38.544
95 Young Cy 1896 CL4 NL 28 15 3 414.3 3.24 29 38.520
96 Roberts Robin 1952 PHI NL 28 7 2 330.0 2.59 26 38.501
97 Roberts Robin 1953 PHI NL 23 16 2 346.7 2.75 27 38.372
98 Radbourn Charley 1883 PRO NL 48 25 1 632.3 2.05 29 38.272
99 Nichols Kid 1898 BSN NL 31 12 4 388.0 2.13 29 38.155
100 Wood Joe 1912 BOS AL 34 5 1 344.0 1.91 23 38.082

For more of the Best Pitching and Batting Seasons (Top 200) of All-Time and more, check out Baseball's Best @ 150, the book that counts downs 8,000 rankings in baseball history on the 150th Anniversary (1871-2020) of Major League Baseball.


Baseball's Best @ 150 Book


Best Pitching Seasons 1-20
  • 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


Want more detail, check out the Baseball's Best @ 150 Book excerpts by clicking any of the Top Five pitchers in baseball history.

Notes: Photo Credits: Babe Ruth, Eddie Collins, Frank Baker, Ty Cobb, and Tris Speaker (Library of Congress).

Note: Age = Player age at the End of the Calendar Year. PEVA-B = PEVA Batting Player Rating.

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