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All-Time F.I.P.’er Greats – Update

By popular demand here is an update to the “All-Time F.I.P.’er Greats“.  The last three weeks of the baseball season saw two new additions to the club.  Both coming from the AL West.

The parameters*:

  • 220 strikeouts
  • 4.50 K/BB
  • HR/9 allowed < 0.66

 

Player              Year  SO SO/W  HR9
Jon  Lester          2014 220 4.58 0.66
Corey  Kluber        2014 269 5.27 0.53
Clayton  Kershaw     2014 239 7.71 0.41
Felix  Hernandez     2014 248 5.39 0.61
Roy  Halladay        2011 220 6.29 0.39
Clayton  Kershaw     2011 248 4.59 0.58
Zack  Greinke        2009 242 4.75 0.43
Randy  Johnson       2004 290 6.59 0.66
Mark  Prior          2003 245 4.90 0.64
Pedro  Martinez      2002 239 5.98 0.59
Pedro  Martinez      1999 313 8.46 0.38
Kevin  Brown         1998 257 5.24 0.28
Pedro  Martinez      1997 305 4.55 0.60
Randy  Johnson       1995 294 4.52 0.50
Roger  Clemens       1988 291 4.69 0.58
Tom  Seaver          1971 289 4.74 0.57
Sandy  Koufax        1963 306 5.28 0.52
Walter  Johnson      1913 243 6.39 0.23
Ed  Walsh            1908 269 4.80 0.04
Christy  Mathewson   1908 259 6.17 0.12

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Generated 1/18/2015.

 

*seasons since 1901

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All-Time F.I.P.’er Greats

All-time, MLB, single pitching seasons with the following parameters:

  • 220 strikeouts
  • 4.50 K/BB
  • HR/9 allowed < 0.66

 

Rk              Player Year  SO SO/W  HR9  Tm GS  FIP ERA+
1    Christy  Mathewson 1908 259 6.17 0.12 NYG 44 1.29  168
2             Ed  Walsh 1908 269 4.80 0.04 CHW 49 1.42  162
3       Walter  Johnson 1913 243 6.39 0.23 WSH 36 1.90  259
4         Sandy  Koufax 1963 306 5.28 0.52 LAD 40 1.85  159
5           Tom  Seaver 1971 289 4.74 0.57 NYM 35 1.93  194
6        Roger  Clemens 1988 291 4.69 0.58 BOS 35 2.17  141
7        Randy  Johnson 1995 294 4.52 0.50 SEA 30 2.08  193
8       Pedro  Martinez 1997 305 4.55 0.60 MON 31 2.39  219
9          Kevin  Brown 1998 257 5.24 0.28 SDP 35 2.23  164
10      Pedro  Martinez 1999 313 8.46 0.38 BOS 29 1.39  243
11      Pedro  Martinez 2002 239 5.98 0.59 BOS 30 2.24  202
12          Mark  Prior 2003 245 4.90 0.64 CHC 30 2.47  179
13        Zack  Greinke 2009 242 4.75 0.43 KCR 33 2.33  205
14        Roy  Halladay 2011 220 6.29 0.39 PHI 32 2.20  163
15     Clayton  Kershaw 2011 248 4.59 0.58 LAD 33 2.47  161
16        Corey  Kluber 2014 223 4.85 0.62 CLE 30 2.60  152

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Generated 9/7/2014.

The Claw and His Crazy ERA

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw turned 25 years old this past March. This season the young lefty surpassed the 1,000 career strikeout mark.  He is just the 16th pitcher in MLB history to total 1,000 strikeouts by age 25.

Here are the top five of this select class ranked by Adjusted ERA+:

Rk

Player

ERA+

SO

From

To

Age

G

Tm

1

Walter Johnson

176

1461

1907

1913

19-25

273

WSH

2

Clayton Kershaw

144

1135

2008

2013

20-25

174

LAD

3

Hal Newhouser

141

1120

1939

1946

18-25

261

DET

4

Christy Mathewson

138

1198

1901

1906

20-25

249

NYG

5

Bob Feller

136

1233

1936

1941

17-22

205

CLE

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Generated 8/1/2013.

More than semantics

When the Dodgers beat the Giants 2-1 on Sept 20 sports talkers and bloggers alike handed the NL Cy Young award to Clayton Kershaw.  He pitched 7 1/3 innings surrendering 1 run on his way to win #20.  Kershaw received bonus points from observers for going 4-0 “against Tim Lincecum” this season.  It is true the Dodgers beat the Giants all 4 times these two aces faced off but the battle is not between the two starting pitchers.  The game of ball and base pits 9-on-9.  The pitcher only has influence on the performance of the opposing 9 hitters.

It should be stated that Kershaw and his fielders held the Giants lineup to 6 runs in 42 innings over 6 games in 2011 (1.3 RA/G)*.  When evaluating Kershaw the identity of the opposing team’s pitcher and the number of runs the Dodgers score are both irrelevant.

I’m just saying.

*SF ranked 16th out of 16 NL teams in runs scored this year (3.5/G)