Most Americans love baseball and the thrill of watching big hitters score home runs. A pitcher who is able to dominate the park on his own is something quite remarkable. A pitcher can control the intensity, pace, as well as the final score of the game with great power.
Since its beginning, Major League Baseball (MLB) has had thousands of pitchers take the mound. Some have been more successful than others. For example, we may determine the top 10 best pitchers in MLB history based on data like as wins above replacement (WAR), earned run average, walk-to-inning pitching ratio (WHIP), winning %, and walks plus pitches pitched per inning pitched (WHIP).
This means that any list of the 06 Greatest MLB Pitchers of all Time must take historical context into account. Would the likes of Walter Johnson and Cy Young have dominated the game if it was played today? It’s impossible to tell. But they were among the greatest in their era, and their stats are certainly outstanding when compared to those of their contemporaries.
10. Bob Gibson (1959-1975)
Career Statistics: 251-174, 2.91 ERA, 3884.1 IP, 1.19 WHIP, 7.22 K/9, 3117K
Peak Timing: 1968-1972
Bob Gibson was an MLB legend who played for Harlem Globetrotters. Major League Baseball had no choice but to change the rules regarding pitching because of Gibson’s dominance on the field.
Bob Gibson is also known as the greatest single-season pitcher of all time. He was awarded the NL CY MVP, Young and Young awards. He was 22-9 with a mind blowing 1.12 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 13 shutouts, in 34 starts. He also had the league’s best strikeouts with 268. Gibson continued to dominate despite MLB decreasing the pitcher’s pitching height by five inches. Gibson’s best days were those when he won 7 World Series begins and struck out 10 batters in 5 World Series series starts. However, his match against Detroit Tigers 1968 in which he recorded 17 strikeouts is what will forever be remembered of him.
Gibson played in only three postseasons. These events also allowed him to display his domineering personality. 1964’s World Series MVP was Gibson, as was the 1967 World Series champion. As a result of the Cardinals’ failure to win the 1968 World Series, he did not get the award.
A 1.89 ERA allowed him to go 7-2, with a 10.22K/9 and 5.41K/BB. He was able to complete 9 of those series starts. Bob Gibson must be in your top 10 list when you think about the greatest players in MLB history.
09. Greg Maddux (1986-2008)
Career Statistics: 355-227. 2.17 ERA. 5008.1. 1.06 WHIP. 6.06 K/9
Peak Timing: 1993-1997
When faced with Maddux, it’s said that opposing batters look helpless.
Maddux’s peak time had a 2.15 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. He allowed only a very small percentage of the home run and walk, but he was not a strikeout king.
Maddux was awarded 4 CY Young Awards during his career. He was not successful in both his first and sixth seasons of his career. He has been successful in 15 of his middle seasons, which proved him to be one of the greatest pitchers to ever step on the mound.
Maddux participated in 13 postseasons in his 23-year career. He threw 198 innings, went 11-14 and had an ERA 3.27. He had a postseason ERA between 1995 and 199 of 2.15, with 0.321 percents in opposition slugging.
08. Roger Clemens
Career Statistics: 354-184. 3.12 ERA. 8.55 K/9. 4916.2 IP. 133.7 WAR.
Peak Timing: 1986-1990
Roger Clemens was one of the best baseball pitchers of all time, even if it seems unjust. But because of his steroid use, he was kicked out of the Hall. Because of this, he was not eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame.
Clemens has a record of 32 shutouts and a 2.66 ERA.And he recorded at least 209 strikeouts in each of his seasons.
Roger Clemens was a three-time CY Young award winner, and a one-time runner up. He had a score 21-6 with a 1.93 ERA. In 1986, he was named AL MVP.
Clemens pitched 17 scoreless innings in the ALCS and World Series Game 2 in 2000, allowing just three hits and striking out 24 batters. He played well in 19 of 34 postseason games. His postseason ERA is 3.75, with a lower ERA in 2001 than in 2000. (2.36).
07. Clayton Kershaw (2008-Present).
Career Statistics: 144-64, 2.36 ERA, 1935.0 IP, 4.18 K/BB, 9.86 K/9
Peak Timing: 2011-2015
Keegan Kershaw, a well-known pitcher who pitched from 2011 to 2017, was one of the best pitchers in the major leagues. It’s worth noting that from 2011 to 2014, every year his ERA was over 5.00. Having thrown less innings than a pitcher in 2016, he was unable to qualify for the championship in 2016. His score of 1.69, on the other hand, is quite tough to attain.
He has not won any NL Cy Young award during his seven-year career. He was the NL MVP for 2014, with an ERA 1.77 and 21-3 records.
06. Sandy Koufax (1955-1966)
Career Statistics: 165-87, 2.76 ERA, 9.28 K/9, 2324.1 IP, 2.94 K/BB
Peak Timing: 1962-1966
Sandy Koufax, unlike most pitchers who fail to sustain their best performances in the final few seasons of their careers, was one of few players who managed to save his best performance for last. In his last four seasons, this left-handed pitcher was a true legend.
Although Koufax suffered from arthritis and discomfort while throwing, he had an ERA of 1.86 from 1963 to 1966. His final season didn’t help. As a result, he was elected NL MVP and Cy Young in 1963. In 1965 and 1966, he won the Cy Young Award for the second and third time, respectively.
Postseason Koufax was regarded as the god of the pitcher. He won the 1963 World Series with a win of 5-2. In that time, he allowed only a handful of multiple runs. Koufax won complete game shutouts in games 5 and 7 against Minnesota after 2 years.