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The Mariners’ Mr. Durability

In each of his nine full major league seasons Felix Hernandez has made at least 30 starts.  For such a young pitcher to be so durable seems remarkable.  “King Felix” has not yet turned 29.

Here are the most seasons, all-time with at least 30 games started through age 28:

Name                Yrs From   To   Age
Felix  Hernandez       9 2006 2014 20-28
Bert  Blyleven         9 1971 1979 20-28
Walter  Johnson        9 1908 1916 20-28
Christy  Mathewson     9 1901 1909 20-28

 

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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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“I’ll go nine skip” -Doc Halladay

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Roy Halladay has finished 19% of his career starts and leads all active pitchers with 66 complete games. In fact “Doc” has proven to be the most durable right-handed pitcher in the history of baseball after leading his league in complete games for the 7th time this year. He passed two of the top five pitchers of the 20th century, Walter Johnson and Pete Alexander, for most times a RHP has led their league in CG’s.

This is incredible for three reasons:

  1. Old Pete and The Big Train pitched when there were only 24 legitimate starters in each league. Halladay has over 60 competitors.
  2. Doc has thrown 2X as many CG’s as his closest peer over the last 9 years. Johnson had 35% more than Alexander who in turn topped Eddie Cicotte by 29% during their peak runs of durability in the dead ball era.
  3. The Jays former 1st rounder pitched only 2 full seasons before age 29.
There should be some Johnnie Walker Blue sent in the direction of Carlos Tosca, John Gibbons, Cito Gaston and Charlie Manuel for helping cement the legacy of the 21st century’s greatest pitcher.