Rank 'Em: MLB Pitchers

Created: February 21, 2008, 1:12 PM

Where does Pedro Martinez's 2000 season rank all-time among pitchers?

Bob Gibson's 1.12 ERA. Steve Carlton's 27-win season. Ron Guidry's nine shutouts. Randy Johnson's fourth straight 300 strikeout season. Add in Greg Maddux's 0.811 WHIP. Pedro Martinez's 291 adjusted ERA.

All of these seasons are among the best ever by a Major League pitcher. There are many other superb seasons put together by pitchers. But we've narrowed it down to the top 10 since 1950 and we want you to rank them, SportsNation!

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  • 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers
    27-9, 1.73 ERA, 27 CG,
    5 SHO, 323 IP, 241 hits,
    77 BB, 317 SO, 190 ERA
    In final season, led NL in wins, ERA and strikeouts, innings, CGs and SHOs.
  • 1968 St. Louis Cardinals
    22-9, 1.12 ERA, 28 CG,
    13 SHO, 305 IP, 198 hits,
    62 BB, 268 SO, 258 ERA
    Allowed just two runs over one 90-inning stretch.
  • 1971 Oakland A's
    24-8, 1.82 ERA, 24 CG,
    8 SHO, 312 IP, 209 hits,
    88 BB, 301 SO, 185 ERA
    In just his first full season went 17-3, 1.42 in first half.
  • 1972 Philadelphia Phillies
    27-10, 1.97 ERA, 30 CG,
    8 SHO, 346 IP, 257 hits,
    87 BB, 310 SO, 182 ERA
    Amazingly, Phillies won just 59 games all season.
  • 1978 New York Yankees
    25-3, 1.74 ERA, 16 CG,
    9 SHO, 274 IP, 187 hits,
    72 BB, 248 SO, 208 ERA
    His nine shutouts remains the AL record for a left-hander.
  • 1985 New York Mets
    24-4, 1.53 ERA, 16 CG,
    8 SHO, 277 IP, 198 hits,
    69 BB, 268 SO, 228 ERA
    Just 20 years old, went 4-0, 0.34 in heat of September pennant race.
  • 1995 Atlanta Braves
    19-2, 1.63 ERA, 10 CG,
    3 SHO, 210 IP, 147 hits,
    23 BB, 181 SO, 262 ERA
    His 0.811 WHIP is second-best since end of Deadball Era.
  • 1997 Toronto Blue Jays
    21-7, 2.05 ERA, 9 CG,
    3 SHO, 264 IP, 204 hits,
    68 BB, 292 SO, 221 ERA
    Led AL in wins, ERA and strikeouts, allowing only 9 HRs.
  • 2000 Boston Red Sox
    18-6, 1.74 ERA, 7 CG,
    4 SHO, 217 IP, 128 hits,
    32 BB, 284 SO, 291 ERA
    Note: Held opponents to a sick .167 average against and his 291 ERA is best ever.
  • 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks
    24-5, 2.32 ERA, 8 CG,
    4 SHO, 260 IP, 197 hits,
    71 BB, 334 SO, 197 ERA
    Won fourth straight Cy Young by topping 300 Ks for fourth straight season.

 



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