Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dominant Pitching 2013: This hadn't been done since 1964


170 IP, allowed OPS of .530 or less (# per season since 1920)
1920-1962: 0
1963: 1 (Sandy Koufax)
1964: 3 (Dean Chance, Joe Horlen, Koufax)
1965-67: 1 (Koufax '65)
1968: 2 (Bob Gibson, Luis Tiant)
1969-85: 4 (Vida Blue '71, Don Sutton '72, Ron Guidry '78, Dwight Gooden '85)
1986-93: 0
1994-00: 4 (Greg Maddux '94-95, Pedro Martinez '97, '00)
2001-12: 0
2013: 3 (Clayton Kershaw, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey)

1920-1962: 0
1962-2012: 15
2013: 3

I doubt this will happen again in 2014, but it is remarkable the number exceeded any season other than 1964.  Most of the recent entries were considered historic and extremely rare (Guidry, Gooden, Maddux, Martinez), making it stunning that 3 pitchers could do it in one year.  Perhaps the most amazing fact is that their average age is 23, with Harvey in his 2nd year and Fernandez was a rookie.  Harvey is unfortunately out for the season with Tommy John surgery, but this could be a group of pitchers that dominates for the next 10 to 15 years.

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