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10 Best Starting Pitchers

Before listing the top 10 starting pitchers, I want to make an important note about the 162-game averages. This is an especially useful stat for pitchers, because it takes into account that pitchers used to throw way more often than they do now. One season for a pitcher is defined as Games Pitched + Games Started totaling 68. So, 34 starts or 68 relief appearances is one season. This helps when comparing older players to recent players immensely. Also, ERA+ is a stat that compares a pitcher’s ERA to the league average ERA for a pitcher who pitched in the same ballparks that year. For example, a Rockies pitcher with an ERA of 3.00 would have a better ERA+ than a Dodgers pitcher with an ERA of 3.00 because the average ERA in Coors is significantly higher than the average ERA in Chavez Ravine. An ERA+ of 100 is league average, while 105 is 5% better than league average, and 95 is 5% worse than league average. Lastly, the BB and K numbers listed in the 162-game averages are all per 9 innings. Continue reading