A while ago, I wrote a post on how awesome Walter Johnson is. Baseball-Reference recently came out with Wins Against Replacement and after a brief search on their play index, ol’ Big Train came up with two of the top 5 seasons in WAR history, including the top spot. Johnson was magic.
The other things that jump out: Steve Carlton’s 1972 season. Did anybody see that coming? He pitched as many innings as Johnson that year (346.1 to Johnson’s 346) and came up with a WAR of .2 wins fewer.
Check out the guys with fewer than 300 innings in the top 25. Dwight Gooden’s 1985 season is amazing. 2000 Pedro Martinez is on the list with about 150 innings fewer than anyone around him. And of course, 1997 Roger Clemens.
Just a lil Saturday morning fun for y’all.