100 Greatest Starting Pitchers of All-Time

One of the most polarizing baseball discussions today centers around starting pitching. The divide is multi faceted. For the last couple decades, many fans and retired pitchers alike go on and on about how today’s pitchers don’t go deep enough into games or that they aren’t allowed to pitch out of jams, or that they don’t pitch often enough. The other major divide is the recent use of “openers” which is a relief pitcher who starts a game and usually pitches the first inning or two followed by a pitcher who is a traditional starter. While this is not a debate I do need to clarify that these rankings favor pitchers who pitch both frequently and deep into games.

Here are my 100 greatest starting pitchers of all-time.

  1. Walter Johnson
  2. Walter Johnson
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    152.33 68 802 666 417 279 2.17 5914.2 531 110 34 1902 1424 1363 3509 12.6% 1.061

  3. Roger Clemens
  4. Roger Clemens
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    139.36 70 709 707 354 184 3.12 4916.2 118 46 0 1885 1707 1580 4672 23.1% 1.172

  5. Pete Alexander
  6. Pete Alexander
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    116.98 73 696 599 373 208 2.56 5190 437 90 32 1851 1476 951 2198 8.3% 1.121

  7. Lefty Grove
  8. Lefty Grove
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    109.93 68 616 457 300 141 3.06 3940.2 298 35 55 1594 1339 1187 2266 13.6% 1.278

  9. Randy Johnson
  10. Randy Johnson
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    104.28 75 618 603 303 166 3.29 4135.1 100 37 2 1703 1513 1497 4875 28.6% 1.171

  11. Christy Mathewson
  12. Christy Mathewson
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    98.3 74 635 551 373 188 2.13 4780.2 434 79 28 1616 1133 844 2502 6.4% 1.058

  13. Cy Young
  14. Cy Young
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    170.28 74 906 815 511 316 2.63 7354.2 749 76 17 3167 2147 1217 2803 .% 1.129

  15. Pedro Martinez
  16. Pedro Martinez
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    86.01 66 476 409 219 100 2.93 2827.1 46 17 3 1006 919 760 3154 27.7% 1.054

  17. Greg Maddux
  18. Greg Maddux
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    104.6 76 744 740 355 227 3.16 5008.1 109 35 0 1981 1756 999 3371 16.5% 1.143

  19. Tom Seaver
  20. Tom Seaver
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    106.26 79 656 647 311 205 2.86 4782.2 231 61 1 1674 1521 1390 3640 18.8% 1.121

  21. Bob Gibson
  22. Bob Gibson
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    81.93 78 528 482 251 174 2.91 3884.1 255 56 6 1420 1258 1336 3117 19.4% 1.188

  23. Phil Niekro
  24. Phil Niekro
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    97.39 86 864 716 318 274 3.35 5404.1 245 45 29 2337 2012 1809 3342 14.7% 1.268

  25. Ed Walsh
  26. Ed Walsh
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    63.22 69 430 315 195 126 1.82 2964.1 250 57 34 877 598 617 1736 7.1% 0.999

  27. Gaylord Perry
  28. Gaylord Perry
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    93.7 85 777 690 314 265 3.11 5350.1 303 53 11 2128 1846 1379 3534 16.1% 1.180

  29. Bert Blyleven
  30. Bert Blyleven
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    96.49 85 692 685 287 250 3.31 4970 242 60 0 2029 1830 1322 3701 18.1% 1.197

  31. Warren Spahn
  32. Warren Spahn
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    92.58 84 750 665 363 245 3.09 5243.2 382 63 29 2016 1798 1434 2583 12.0% 1.194

  33. Steve Carlton
  34. Steve Carlton
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    84.13 87 741 709 329 244 3.22 5217.1 254 55 2 2130 1864 1833 4136 19.1% 1.246

  35. Eddie Plank
  36. Eddie Plank
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    86.48 81 623 529 326 194 2.35 4495.2 410 69 23 1569 1174 1072 2246 7.8% 1.118

  37. Curt Schilling
  38. Curt Schilling
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    80.74 80 569 436 216 146 3.46 3261 83 20 22 1318 1253 711 3116 23.5% 1.137

  39. Robin Roberts
  40. Robin Roberts
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    83.08 89 676 609 286 245 3.41 4688.2 305 45 25 1962 1774 902 2357 12.3% 1.169

  41. Clayton Kershaw
  42. Clayton Kershaw
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    60.67 62 318 316 153 69 2.39 2096.1 25 15 0 609 557 536 2275 27.6% 1.000

  43. Fergie Jenkins
  44. Fergie Jenkins
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    82.76 87 664 594 284 226 3.34 4500.2 267 49 7 1853 1669 997 3192 17.4% 1.141

  45. Stan Coveleski
  46. Stan Coveleski
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    65.21 78 450 385 215 142 2.89 3082 224 38 21 1237 990 802 981 7.7% 1.251

  47. Roy Halladay
  48. Roy Halladay
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    65.62 76 416 390 203 105 3.38 2749.1 67 20 1 1135 1034 592 2117 18.8% 1.177

  49. Rube Waddell
  50. Rube Waddell
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    61.02 75 407 340 193 143 2.16 2961.1 261 50 5 1063 711 803 2316 1.101

  51. Mike Mussina
  52. Mike Mussina
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    82.69 82 537 536 270 153 3.68 3562.2 57 23 0 1559 1458 785 2813 19.3% 1.191

  53. Hal Newhouser
  54. Hal Newhouser
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    60.36 76 488 374 207 150 3.06 2993 212 33 26 1197 1016 1249 1796 14.2% 1.310

  55. Bob Feller
    • Age: 17 – 22, 26 – 37
    • Years: 1936 – 1941, 1945 – 1956
    • Teams: Cleveland Indians

    Bob Feller
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    65.24 82 570 484 266 162 3.25 3827 279 44 21 1557 1384 1764 2581 16.% 1.315

  56. Carl Hubbell
  57. Carl Hubbell
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    67.81 77 535 431 253 154 2.98 3590.1 260 36 33 1380 1188 725 1677 11.3% 1.165

  58. Dazzy Vance
  59. Dazzy Vance
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    62.48 81 442 347 197 140 3.24 2966.2 216 29 11 1246 1068 840 2045 16.6% 1.230

  60. Kevin Brown
  61. Kevin Brown
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    68.54 78 486 476 211 144 3.28 3256 72 17 0 1357 1185 901 2397 17.7% 1.222

  62. Jim Palmer
    • Age: 19 – 21, 23 – 38
    • Years: 1965 – 1967, 1969 – 1984
    • Teams: Baltimore Orioles

    Jim Palmer
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    68.13 79 558 521 268 152 2.86 3948 211 53 4 1395 1253 1311 2212 13.7% 1.180

  63. Juan Marichal
  64. Juan Marichal
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    61.92 81 471 457 243 142 2.89 3507.1 244 52 2 1329 1126 709 2303 16.2% 1.101

  65. Sandy Koufax
  66. Sandy Koufax
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    53.17 75 397 314 165 87 2.76 2324.1 137 40 9 806 713 817 2396 25.2% 1.106

  67. Nolan Ryan
  68. Nolan Ryan
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    83.85 90 807 773 324 292 3.19 5386 222 61 3 2178 1911 2795 5714 25.3% 1.247

  69. Red Faber
  70. Red Faber
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    68.35 84 669 483 254 213 3.15 4086.2 273 29 28 1813 1430 1213 1471 7.8% 1.301

  71. Justin Verlander
  72. Justin Verlander
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    63.12 80 419 419 204 123 3.39 2759 24 8 0 1124 1039 808 2706 23.9% 1.16

  73. Mordecai Brown
  74. Mordecai Brown
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    55.11 71 481 332 239 130 2.06 3172.1 271 55 49 1044 725 673 1375 10.3% 1.065

  75. Vic Willis
  76. Vic Willis
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    67.1 87 513 471 249 205 2.63 3996 388 50 11 1628 1167 1212 1651 1.209

  77. Zack Greinke
  78. Zack Greinke
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    61.08 81 455 414 187 118 3.39 2663.1 16 5 1 1078 1002 637 2435 22.3% 1.17

  79. Max Scherzer
  80. Max Scherzer
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    53.38 77 338 329 159 82 3.22 2117.2 10 5 0 817 757 585 2449 28.5% 1.10

  81. Bret Saberhagen
  82. Bret Saberhagen
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    59.06 80 399 371 167 117 3.34 2562.2 76 16 1 1036 952 471 1715 16.5% 1.140

  83. Tom Glavine
  84. Tom Glavine
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    73.97 86 682 682 305 203 3.54 4413.1 56 25 0 1900 1734 1500 2607 14.0% 1.313

  85. Eddie Cicotte
  86. Eddie Cicotte
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    56.92 82 502 361 208 149 2.38 3223.1 249 35 25 1149 853 827 1374 9.9% 1.155

  87. Luis Tiant
  88. Luis Tiant
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    66.09 87 573 484 229 172 3.3 3486.1 187 49 15 1400 1280 1104 2416 16.8% 1.198

  89. Joe McGinnity
  90. Joe McGinnity
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    60.43 85 465 381 246 142 2.66 3441.1 314 32 24 1438 1016 812 1068 .% 1.187

  91. Johan Santana
  92. Johan Santana
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    50.67 74 360 284 139 78 3.2 2025.2 15 10 1 773 721 567 1988 24.1% 1.132

  93. Jim Bunning
  94. Jim Bunning
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    60.27 88 591 519 224 184 3.27 3760.1 151 40 16 1527 1366 1000 2855 18.3% 1.178

  95. Rick Reuschel
  96. Rick Reuschel
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    68.16 88 557 529 214 191 3.37 3548.1 102 26 5 1494 1330 935 2015 13.5% 1.274

  97. Dave Stieb
  98. Dave Stieb
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    56.98 82 443 412 176 137 3.44 2895.1 103 30 3 1225 1106 1034 1669 13.8% 1.245

  99. Don Drysdale
  100. Don Drysdale
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    61.21 83 518 465 209 166 2.95 3432 167 49 6 1292 1124 855 2486 17.6% 1.147

  101. John Smoltz
  102. John Smoltz
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    66.48 81 723 481 213 155 3.33 3473 53 16 154 1391 1284 1010 3084 21.6% 1.175

  103. Kevin Appier
  104. Kevin Appier
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    55.07 83 414 402 169 137 3.74 2595.1 34 12 0 1168 1078 933 1994 18.2% 1.293

  105. Urban Shocker
  106. Urban Shocker
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    54.85 81 412 317 187 117 3.17 2681.2 200 28 25 1127 945 657 983 8.8% 1.255

  107. Ted Lyons
  108. Ted Lyons
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    67.15 85 594 484 260 230 3.67 4161 356 27 23 2056 1696 1121 1073 6.0% 1.348

  109. David Cone
  110. David Cone
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    61.69 84 450 419 194 126 3.46 2898.2 56 22 1 1222 1115 1137 2668 21.9% 1.256

  111. Chris Sale
  112. Chris Sale
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    43.97 69 287 207 103 62 2.89 1482.1 15 2 12 510 476 337 1789 30.2% 1.03

  113. Addie Joss
  114. Addie Joss
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    45.88 70 286 260 160 97 1.89 2327 234 45 5 729 488 364 920 0.967

  115. Nap Rucker
  116. Nap Rucker
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    47.93 86 336 272 134 134 2.42 2375.1 186 38 14 817 639 701 1217 9.4% 1.174

  117. Chuck Finley
  118. Chuck Finley
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    58.51 87 524 467 200 173 3.84 3197.2 63 15 0 1517 1366 1332 2610 19.1% 1.376

  119. Wes Ferrell
  120. Wes Ferrell
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    48.84 87 374 323 193 128 4.04 2623 227 17 13 1382 1177 1040 985 8.5% 1.481

  121. C.C. Sabathia
  122. CC Sabathia
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    60.72 86 509 509 237 146 3.7 3470 38 12 0 1487 1364 1009 2846 20.6% 1.25

  123. Tim Hudson
  124. Tim Hudson
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    57.17 83 482 479 222 133 3.49 3126.2 26 13 0 1319 1213 917 2080 16.0% 1.239

  125. Cole Hamels
  126. Cole Hamels
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    56.44 81 395 394 156 114 3.4 2553 17 7 0 1036 964 710 2415 23.0% 1.17

  127. Dizzy Dean
  128. Dizzy Dean
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    42.66 77 317 230 150 83 3.02 1967.1 154 26 30 774 661 453 1163 14.2% 1.205

  129. Whitey Ford
  130. Whitey Ford
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    53.89 75 498 438 236 106 2.75 3170.1 156 45 10 1107 967 1086 1956 15.0% 1.215

  131. Roy Oswalt
  132. Roy Oswalt
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    49.87 79 365 341 163 102 3.36 2245.1 20 8 0 897 838 520 1852 19.9% 1.211

  133. Andy Pettitte
  134. Andy Pettitte
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    60.94 86 531 521 256 153 3.85 3316 26 4 0 1572 1418 1031 2448 17.4% 1.350

  135. Hippo Vaughn
  136. Hippo Vaughn
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    46.56 83 390 331 178 137 2.49 2730 215 41 5 1039 754 817 1416 12.1% 1.200

  137. Billy Pierce
  138. Billy Pierce
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    53.05 84 585 432 211 169 3.27 3306.2 193 38 32 1325 1201 1178 1999 14.4% 1.260

  139. Don Sutton
  140. Don Sutton
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    68.67 92 774 756 324 256 3.26 5282 178 58 5 2104 1914 1343 3574 16.5% 1.142

  141. Lefty Gomez
  142. Lefty Gomez
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    43.07 79 368 320 189 102 3.34 2503 173 28 9 1091 930 1095 1468 13.7% 1.352

  143. Felix Hernandez
  144. Felix Hernandez
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    50.99 83 404 403 168 128 3.34 2658 25 11 0 1099 986 780 2467 22.5% 1.20

  145. Tommy Bridges
    • Age: 23 – 36, 38 – 39
    • Years: 1930 – 1943, 1945 – 1946
    • Teams: Detroit Tigers

    Tommy Bridges
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    52.52 80 424 362 194 138 3.57 2826.1 200 33 10 1321 1122 1192 1674 13.8% 1.368

  146. Noodles Hahn
  147. Noodles Hahn
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    45.92 75 243 231 130 94 2.55 2029.1 212 25 0 822 574 381 917 1.132

  148. Mark Buehrle
  149. Mark Buehrle
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    59.18 87 518 493 214 160 3.81 3283.1 33 10 0 1542 1391 734 1870 13.6% 1.281

  150. Ron Guidry
  151. Ron Guidry
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    47.85 83 368 323 170 91 3.29 2392 95 26 4 953 874 633 1778 18.2% 1.183

  152. Babe Adams
  153. Babe Adams
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    49.52 86 482 355 194 140 2.76 2995.1 206 44 15 1129 917 430 1036 7.0% 1.092

  154. Jimmy Key
  155. Jimmy Key
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    49.38 82 470 389 186 117 3.51 2591.2 34 13 10 1104 1010 668 1538 14.4% 1.229

  156. Frank Tanana
  157. Frank Tanana
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    57.51 94 638 616 240 236 3.66 4188.1 143 34 1 1910 1704 1255 2773 15.7% 1.269

  158. Dizzy Trout
  159. Dizzy Trout
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    46.1 81 521 322 170 161 3.23 2725.2 158 28 35 1166 979 1046 1256 10.8% 1.352

  160. Jerry Koosman
  161. Jerry Koosman
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    57.06 91 612 527 222 209 3.36 3839.1 140 33 17 1608 1433 1198 2556 16.0% 1.258

  162. Tommy John
  163. Tommy John
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    62.31 90 760 700 288 231 3.34 4710.1 162 46 4 2017 1749 1259 2245 11.4% 1.282

  164. Wilbur Cooper
  165. Wilbur Cooper
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    49 86 517 408 216 178 2.89 3480 279 35 14 1406 1119 853 1252 8.5% 1.226

  166. Eppa Rixey
  167. Eppa Rixey
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    56.81 88 692 552 266 251 3.15 4494.2 290 37 14 1986 1572 1082 1350 6.7% 1.271

  168. Frank Viola
  169. Frank Viola
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    47.36 90 421 420 176 150 3.73 2836.1 74 16 0 1303 1175 864 1844 15.5% 1.301

  170. Orel Hershiser
  171. Orel Hershiser
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    51.74 89 510 466 204 150 3.48 3130.1 68 25 5 1366 1211 1007 2014 15.3% 1.260

  172. Cliff Lee
  173. Cliff Lee
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    43.28 84 328 324 143 91 3.52 2156.2 29 12 0 923 843 464 1824 20.5% 1.196

  174. Jack Quinn
  175. Jack Quinn
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    59.04 89 756 444 247 218 3.29 3920.1 243 28 57 1835 1433 860 1329 6.9% 1.300

  176. Dutch Leonard
  177. Dutch Leonard
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    51.35 84 640 374 191 181 3.25 3218.1 192 30 44 1432 1162 737 1170 8.7% 1.255

  178. Mark Langston
  179. Mark Langston
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    50.3 93 457 428 179 158 3.97 2963 81 18 0 1438 1306 1289 2464 19.6% 1.354

  180. Sam McDowell
  181. Sam McDowell
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    42.94 90 425 346 141 134 3.17 2492.1 103 23 14 999 879 1312 2453 23.2% 1.308

  182. Mel Harder
  183. Mel Harder
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    47.94 90 582 433 223 186 3.8 3426.1 181 25 23 1714 1447 1118 1160 7.8% 1.408

  184. Harry Brecheen
  185. Harry Brecheen
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    41.35 75 318 240 133 92 2.92 1907.2 125 25 18 701 618 536 901 11.5% 1.188

  186. Bucky Walters
  187. Bucky Walters
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    46.39 87 428 398 198 160 3.3 3104.2 242 42 4 1343 1139 1121 1107 8.4% 1.324

  188. Larry Jackson
  189. Larry Jackson
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    52.52 90 558 429 194 183 3.4 3262.2 149 37 20 1405 1233 824 1709 12.6% 1.235

  190. Brandon Webb
  191. Brandon Webb
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    33.29 72 199 198 87 62 3.27 1319.2 15 8 0 557 479 435 1065 19.3% 1.239

  192. Dwight Gooden
  193. Dwight Gooden
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    48.18 90 430 410 194 112 3.51 2800.2 68 24 3 1198 1091 954 2293 19.6% 1.256

  194. Steve Rogers
  195. Steve Rogers
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    45.34 87 399 393 158 152 3.18 2837.2 129 37 2 1122 1001 876 1621 13.9% 1.231

  196. Red Ruffing
  197. Red Ruffing
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    55.36 91 624 536 273 225 3.8 4344 335 45 16 2117 1833 1541 1987 10.7% 1.340

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  • Here’s a fun guessing game. Try and find the greatest southpaw pitcher of the modern era. Do you think Sandy Koufax in the top 10? Strike 1! Top 20? Strike 2! Top 30? Swing-and-a-miss, take a seat! So Sandy Koufax ranks BELOW such all-time greats as Mike Messina and Kevin Brown??

    I’m not wasting any more time on this site. Adios!

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  • I admire anyone who has the guts to out together a thoughtful list of the 100 greatest players of all-time. It’s easy to criticize the list, but very hard to create them. I know this from experience.

    I’m curious how you defined your criteria? Did you place an emphasis more on peak performance or career value? For example, you have Ed Walsh, who only made about 300 starts, ahead of Warren Spahn and Robin Roberts, two great pitchers who started more than 600 games. But on the other hand, you have Gaylord Perry ahead of Bob Feller. Clearly, to my most people, Feller had a much higher peak than Perry. He was also robbed of his prime years due to WWII. Did you make adjustments for any of that?

    Thanks for publishing these lists.

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