• Most Valuable Pitchers In Baseball History, 500+ Starts

    Posted by on August 21st, 2015 · Comments (1)
    Rk Player WAR GS From To Age G W L W-L% SV IP SO ERA ERA+
    1 Walter Johnson 152.3 666 1907 1927 19-39 802 417 279 .599 34 5914.1 3509 2.17 147
    2 Roger Clemens 139.4 707 1984 2007 21-44 709 354 184 .658 0 4916.2 4672 3.12 143
    3 Pete Alexander 117.0 600 1911 1930 24-43 696 373 208 .642 32 5190.0 2198 2.56 135
    4 Tom Seaver 106.3 647 1967 1986 22-41 656 311 205 .603 1 4783.0 3640 2.86 127
    5 Greg Maddux 104.6 740 1986 2008 20-42 744 355 227 .610 0 5008.1 3371 3.16 132
    6 Randy Johnson 104.3 603 1988 2009 24-45 618 303 166 .646 2 4135.1 4875 3.29 135
    7 Phil Niekro 97.4 716 1964 1987 25-48 864 318 274 .537 29 5404.0 3342 3.35 115
    8 Bert Blyleven 96.5 685 1970 1992 19-41 692 287 250 .534 0 4970.0 3701 3.31 118
    9 Christy Mathewson 95.9 551 1901 1916 20-35 630 373 185 .668 30 4755.0 2492 2.11 137
    10 Gaylord Perry 93.7 690 1962 1983 23-44 777 314 265 .542 10 5350.0 3534 3.11 117
    11 Warren Spahn 92.6 665 1942 1965 21-44 750 363 245 .597 28 5243.2 2583 3.09 119
    12 Eddie Plank 86.5 529 1901 1917 25-41 623 326 194 .627 23 4495.2 2246 2.35 122
    13 Steve Carlton 84.1 709 1965 1988 20-43 741 329 244 .574 2 5217.2 4136 3.22 115
    14 Nolan Ryan 83.8 773 1966 1993 19-46 807 324 292 .526 3 5386.0 5714 3.19 112
    15 Robin Roberts 83.1 609 1948 1966 21-39 676 286 245 .539 25 4688.2 2357 3.41 113
    16 Fergie Jenkins 82.8 594 1965 1983 22-40 664 284 226 .557 7 4500.2 3192 3.34 115
    17 Mike Mussina 82.7 536 1991 2008 22-39 537 270 153 .638 0 3562.2 2813 3.68 123
    18 Tom Glavine 74.0 682 1987 2008 21-42 682 305 203 .600 0 4413.1 2607 3.54 118
    19 Don Sutton 68.7 756 1966 1988 21-43 774 324 256 .559 5 5282.1 3574 3.26 108
    20 Rick Reuschel 68.2 529 1972 1991 23-42 557 214 191 .528 5 3548.1 2015 3.37 114
    21 Jim Palmer 68.1 521 1965 1984 19-38 558 268 152 .638 4 3948.0 2212 2.86 125
    22 Tommy John 62.3 700 1963 1989 20-46 760 288 231 .555 3 4710.1 2245 3.34 111
    23 Andy Pettitte 60.9 521 1995 2013 23-41 531 256 153 .626 0 3316.0 2448 3.85 117
    24 Jim Bunning 60.3 519 1955 1971 23-39 591 224 184 .549 16 3760.1 2855 3.27 115
    25 Frank Tanana 57.5 616 1973 1993 19-39 638 240 236 .504 1 4188.1 2773 3.66 106
    26 Jerry Koosman 57.1 527 1967 1985 24-42 612 222 209 .515 17 3839.1 2556 3.36 110
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    Generated 8/21/2015.

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    Comments on Most Valuable Pitchers In Baseball History, 500+ Starts

    1. Virtada
      August 23rd, 2015 | 11:23 am

      What about Cy Young? 815 starts, which qualifies him, to say the least, and 170.3 WAR, which would make him number one. Am I missing something? Because he’s pre-modern era (1890-1911), perhaps? (which would be a stretch considering the Cy Young award, among other things).

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