Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mat Latos, Trevor Cahill, Dutch Leonard


100+ IP, 2.75 ERA or lower, 1.00 WHIP or lower, 22 years or younger (1910-2010)
1910 Walter Johnson (Senators): 370 IP, 1.36 ERA, .91 WHIP
1914 Dutch Leonard: (Red Sox) 224.2, 0.96, .88
1943 Howie Pollet (Cardinals): 118.1, 1.75, .97
1971 Vida Blue (A's): 312, 1.82, .95
1973 Frank Tanana (Angels): 288.1, 2.43, .99
1985 Dwight Gooden (Mets): 276.2, 1.53, .97
2006 Francisco Liriano (Twins): 121, 2.16, 1.00
2010 Mat Latos (Padres): 135.2, 2.32, .99
2010 Trevor Cahill (A's): 140.2, 2.50, .98

Dutch Leonard's 1914 season was one of the greatest of all time.  He started 25 games (17 complete games) and finished with an ERA of .96.  The only other pitchers in ML history to have more than 7 starts in a season and finish with an ERA under 1.10 were Mordecai Brown in 1906 (32 starts, 1.04 ERA) and Freddie Schupp in 1916 (11 starts, .90 ERA).  The Red Sox finished 2nd in the AL, and Leonard finished 16th in MVP voting (best of any pitcher).

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