Saturday, August 8, 2009

More Great Pitching Seasons

50+ Innings Pitched (IP), sub-1.00 ERA since 1920

Bill Henry: 1964 (Reds) - 52.0 IP, 0.87 ERA
Rob Murphy: 1986 (Reds) - 50.1, 0.72
Dennis Eckersley: 1990 (A's) - 73.1, 0.61
Chris Hammond: 2002 (Braves) - 76.0, 0.95
Dennys Reyes: 2006 (Twins) - 50.2, 0.89
Jonathan Papelbon: 2006 (Red Sox) - 68.1, 0.92

4 left-handed middle relievers & 2 dominant, right-handed closers

Chris Hammond is the only pitcher in baseball since 1920 with 75+ IP, sub-1.00 in a season? His career numbers: 66-62, 4.14 ERA, 1123 IP, 136 starts, 8 teams, 14 seasons. He was a 36 year old journeyman, who hadn't pitched in the Majors since 1998 when the Braves picked him up in 2002 and he had his career year.

Dennis Eckersley's 1990 season might have been obscured by him winning the Cy Young and MVP in 1992 (he was 5th in Cy Young voting in 1990), along with a 6.75 ERA in the 1990 World Series.

Still, it was one of the greatest pitching performances in the history of baseball:
1990: 4-2, 0.61 ERA, 48 SV, 73 SO, 4 BB, 18.25 SO/BB, 0.61 WHIP.160 BAA, .397 OPS

All pitchers of 70+ IP since 1900:
0.61 WHIP: 1st
18.25 SO/BB: 1st
4 BB: 1st

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