Talented pitchers can single-handedly win entire games for you, but the best pitchers can match the unbelievable records left by the greats of the sport. Clayton Kershaw may go down as one of the all-time greats. Kershaw began pitching in the MLB back in 2008 for the LA Dodgers and is a left-handed pitcher who had a cumulative ERA of 2.106.
From 2011 to 2017 he led the league in ERA from 2011 to 2014. In the same seven seasons, Kershaw averaged 5.73 strikeouts per walk as he got to be an eight-time All-Star player. Kershaw has also won the NL MVP back in 2014, he’s also won the Golden Globe award and the Triple Crown as well as the Roberto Clemente Award and in 2020 he helped his team secure the World Series win.
Pedro Martinez held a seven-year-long pea from 1997 to 2003 where he threw some amazing games for the Montreal expose before switching to the Boston Red Sox to start his rain getting 305 strikeouts in 1997 to win the NL Cy Young award and then he wanted two more times in 1999 and the year 2000 even with a rotator cuff injury in 2001 limiting him to 18 starts he still struck out 163 batters.
1999 and stretching through the end of 2000 Pedro Martinez embarked on a two-season stretch of monumental proportions at the peak of the steroid era in a high-scoring AL East pitching in a hit or friendly ballpark he completely shut down opposition despite playing in one of the highest-scoring run environments ever. He made his case for the greatest pitching season of all time twice in a row.
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Greg Maddux from 1986 to 2008 was in the MLB when steroids were dominating the pros. although we had notorious heavy hitters like Sammy Sosa, Maddox was giving these Athletes a run for their money with his career ERA of 3.16 Maddox at the MLB in a stranglehold during the 90s with the web of 0.97 and an ERA of 2.15.
Maddox did have a few bad seasons but he’s the postseason success was impressive with a 1995 World Series win that included finishing a game with no earned runs allowed.
Best Pitcher: Walter Johnson
In my opinion, the best pitcher pitcher on this list is Walter Johnson. Johnson had a win-loss ratio of 417 – 279 with a 2.17 ERA over on mind-blowing 5,914 innings completing 21 seasons playing for the Washington senators.
If that wasn’t impressive enough Johnson pitched an all-time MLB record of 110 complete game shut outs, it’s hard to imagine a run so completely dominant his war of 164.5 ranked second of all-time among all players, not just pitchers’.
His stats were even more insane before his final eight seasons before he started to fall off. Walter led the AL in total strikeouts and 12 out of 15 seasons but the senators weren’t able to bring home the World Series until later in his career.
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