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Big Cat wrote:IP isn't all that valuable in the fantasy realm when compared to Ks. That being said, I agree that Pedro's season was better fantasy-wise, but Koufax with 27 CG? That's outright ridiculous. I'd rather have a guy like that in real life.
thedude wrote:itodd wrote:that guy who played for the Providence Greys in like 1889 or something, dude had nearly 50 wins and like 40 CGs and 300+ Ks...
Old Hoss Radburn was his name.
You can't use complete games, wins, or K's to compare pitchers across eras. It just isn't fair. When Radbourn was pitching he was on a two man rotation.
When Koufax and Gibson were pitching the mound had yet to be lowered. The best tool is ERA+ because it compares pitchers era to league average pitchers and even that is not great because the overall talent level has imporved over the years.
Here are the top 10 single season ERA+ of all-time:
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# Name (age) ERA+ Year
1. Tim Keefe+ (23) 294 1880
2. Pedro Martinez (28) 285 2000
3. Dutch Leonard* (22) 279 1914
4. Greg Maddux (28) 273 1994
5. Walter Johnson+ (25) 259 1913
t5. Greg Maddux (29) 259 1995
7. Bob Gibson+ (32) 258 1968
8. Mordecai Brown+ (29) 253 1906
9. Pedro Martinez (27) 245 1999
10. Walter Johnson+ (24) 240 1912
Time Keefe pitched before the mound was moved from 50 feet to 60 feet 6 inches.
Chrisy Moltisanti wrote:Gibson's numbers fair surprisingly poorly in some ways. I can see taking the gamer, but don't tell me a hitter like Ruth would care about his inside chin music crap. He's just bean him while he got on the mound
Oh, my vote goes to Randy Johnson with the Astros. I mean heck, those extra IP a guy like Koufax threw don't matter right
Melo255 wrote:pepperoncino wrote:no doubt, for three or four years there, pedro was the best ever. when you put it in the context of the era he played in, it's just absolutely sick.
100% correct. When you consider the era Pedro was pitching in and his stats vs other starters it's not even close. Pedro had the best couple of seasons I've ever seen.
It's funny too because Pedro could very well have won 27 games in '99 and '00. I remember the Sox would score runs for every pitcher but whenever Pedro would start they would become totally unable to hit. The Sox never seemed to hit for Pedro during his whole career. It must have cost him 30-40 wins overall.
Also have to mention that in 2002 if you take out his first start of the year where he gave up 7 runs in 3 innings he had a 1.97 era over every one of his other starts. As it is he had a 2.26 era for the season but really he was even more dominant than that.
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