League Leader's ERA relative to the Average of the Next Five

 

by Cyril Morong

 

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This table ranks each league leader in ERA relative to the average of the next five lowest ERA's. They are ranked from lowest to highest. They are separated by league. One way to judge a guy's ERA is to compare it to the league average. But in some years, for whatever reason, it may be easier to exceed the league average. If that is true, then a few others should have been able to. But if not, a pitcher will rank high. A better way to do this would be to find how many standard deviations from the mean pitchers were. But this method was pretty fast and easy to do with the Lee Sinins Sabermetric encyclopedia.

 

 

Rank

AL

ERA

Ratio

Year

1

Pedro Martinez

1.74

0.451

2000

2

Dutch Leonard

1

0.530

1914

3

Pedro Martinez

2.07

0.562

1999

4

Cy Young

1.62

0.609

1901

5

Walter Johnson

1.39

0.610

1912

6

Walter Johnson

1.14

0.612

1913

7

Walter Johnson

1.27

0.633

1918

8

Lefty Grove

2.06

0.651

1931

9

Spud Chandler

1.64

0.688

1943

10

Billy Pierce

1.97

0.694

1955

11

Walter Johnson

1.49

0.695

1919

12

Whitey Ford

2.01

0.696

1958

13

Vida Blue

1.82

0.701

1971

14

Dean Chance

1.65

0.702

1964

15

Ron Guidry

1.74

0.707

1978

16

Lefty Grove

2.54

0.709

1930

17

Roger Clemens

1.93

0.710

1990

18

Roger Clemens

2.05

0.722

1997

19

Pedro Martinez

2.22

0.728

2003

20

Lefty Gomez

2.33

0.737

1934

21

Hank Aguirre

2.21

0.743

1962

22

Johan Santana

2.61

0.757

2004

23

Addie Joss

1.16

0.757

1908

24

Randy Johnson

2.48

0.762

1995

25

Jim Palmer

2.09

0.762

1975

26

Thornton Lee

2.37

0.766

1941

27

Gary Peters

1.98

0.772

1966

28

Lefty Grove

2.81

0.775

1936

29

Hoyt Wilhelm

2.19

0.777

1959

30

Bret Saberhagen

2.16

0.783

1989

31

Rick Honeycutt

2.42

0.786

1983

32

Red Faber

2.48

0.789

1921

33

Joe Wood

1.49

0.789

1915

34

Mike Garcia

2.35

0.794

1949

35

Rube Waddell

1.48

0.797

1905

36

Gene Bearden

2.43

0.800

1948

37

Pedro Martinez

2.26

0.804

2002

38

Lefty Gomez

2.33

0.805

1937

39

Dick Donovan

2.4

0.806

1961

40

Roger Clemens

2.65

0.806

1998

41

Earl Moore

1.74

0.808

1903

42

Wilcy Moore

2.28

0.809

1927

43

Hal Newhouser

1.81

0.809

1945

44

Eddie Cicotte

1.53

0.816

1917

45

Luis Tiant

1.6

0.821

1968

46

Roger Clemens

2.48

0.822

1986

47

Ed Lopat

2.43

0.829

1953

48

Lefty Grove

2.51

0.829

1926

49

Allie Reynolds

2.07

0.833

1952

50

Dave Stieb

2.48

0.833

1985

51

Kevin Appier

2.56

0.833

1993

52

Ed Walsh

1.6

0.835

1907

53

Lefty Grove

2.7

0.837

1935

54

Bob Feller

2.62

0.838

1940

55

Joe Horlen

2.06

0.841

1967

56

Ed Siever

1.91

0.844

1902

57

Juan Guzman

2.93

0.845

1996

58

Harry Krause

1.39

0.847

1909

59

Whitey Ford

2.47

0.850

1956

60

Lefty Grove

2.54

0.850

1939

61

Jim Palmer

2.4

0.853

1973

62

Joe Haynes

2.42

0.857

1947

63

Ed Walsh

1.27

0.857

1910

64

Rudy May

2.46

0.858

1980

65

Lefty Grove

2.84

0.858

1932

66

Lefty Grove

2.81

0.859

1929

67

Ted Lyons

2.1

0.860

1942

68

Jimmy Key

2.76

0.861

1987

69

Sam McDowell

2.18

0.865

1965

70

Steve Ontiveros

2.65

0.865

1994

71

Hal Newhouser

1.94

0.868

1946

72

Vean Gregg

1.81

0.870

1911

73

Addie Joss

1.59

0.871

1904

74

Dick Bosman

2.19

0.872

1969

75

Doc White

1.52

0.873

1906

76

Frank Baumann

2.68

0.882

1960

77

Bob Shawkey

2.46

0.884

1920

78

Frank Tanana

2.54

0.891

1977

79

Diego Segui

2.56

0.891

1970

80

Ron Guidry

2.78

0.891

1979

81

Allan Anderson

2.45

0.894

1988

82

Dizzy Trout

2.12

0.895

1944

83

Lefty Grove

3.07

0.895

1938

84

Stan Coveleski

2.76

0.900

1923

85

Babe Ruth

1.75

0.900

1916

86

Garland Braxton

2.52

0.905

1928

87

Roger Clemens

2.41

0.907

1992

88

Stan Coveleski

2.84

0.910

1925

89

Bobby Shantz

2.45

0.911

1957

90

Sammy Stewart

2.32

0.911

1981

91

Mel Harder

2.95

0.916

1933

92

Saul Rogovin

2.78

0.916

1951

93

Roger Clemens

2.62

0.919

1991

94

Early Wynn

3.2

0.920

1950

95

Rick Sutcliffe

2.96

0.923

1982

96

Gary Peters

2.33

0.927

1963

97

Mike Boddicker

2.79

0.928

1984

98

Luis Tiant

1.91

0.929

1972

99

Catfish Hunter

2.49

0.930

1974

100

Freddy Garcia

3.05

0.930

2001

101

Walter Johnson

2.72

0.934

1924

102

Mark Fidrych

2.34

0.939

1976

103

Red Faber

2.8

0.956

1922

104

Mike Garcia

2.64

0.967

1954

 

 

Rank

NL

ERA

Ratio

Year

1

Tim Keefe

0.86

0.496

1880

2

Greg Maddux

1.56

0.531

1994

3

Bob Gibson

1.12

0.538

1968

4

Greg Maddux

1.63

0.555

1995

5

Three Finger Brown

1.04

0.594

1906

6

Grover C Alexander

1.22

0.605

1915

7

Dolf Luque

1.93

0.635

1923

8

Christy Mathewson

1.28

0.645

1905

9

Kevin Brown

1.89

0.647

1996

10

Dazzy Vance

2.61

0.660

1930

11

Jack Taylor

1.33

0.679

1902

12

Carl Hubbell

1.66

0.691

1933

13

Warren Spahn

2.1

0.691

1953

14

Dwight Gooden

1.53

0.696

1985

15

George Bradley

1.23

0.699

1876

16

Amos Rusie

2.78

0.706

1894

17

Christy Mathewson

1.14

0.710

1909

18

Old Hoss Radbourn

1.38

0.710

1884

19

Sandy Koufax

1.74

0.715

1964

20

Tom Seaver

1.76

0.718

1971

21

Nolan Ryan

1.69

0.727

1981

22

Pedro Martinez

1.9

0.731

1997

23

Sandy Koufax

1.73

0.732

1966

24

Mort Cooper

1.77

0.734

1942

25

Carl Hubbell

2.31

0.739

1936

26

Phil Niekro

1.87

0.746

1967

27

Fred Anderson

1.44

0.747

1917

28

Al Maul

2.45

0.754

1895

29

Jack Pfiester

1.15

0.758

1907

30

Max Lanier

1.9

0.760

1943

31

Dazzy Vance

2.16

0.767

1924

32

Cy Young

1.93

0.771

1892

33

Bill Walker

2.26

0.774

1931

34

Carl Hubbell

2.3

0.779

1934

35

Henry Boyle

1.76

0.780

1886

36

Billy Rhines

2.45

0.781

1896

37

Dazzy Vance

2.09

0.783

1928

38

Monte Ward

1.51

0.784

1878

39

Stump Wiedman

1.8

0.787

1881

40

Billy Rhines

1.95

0.789

1890

41

Sandy Koufax

1.88

0.792

1963

42

Randy Johnson

2.32

0.793

2002

43

Mike Scott

2.22

0.795

1986

44

Bucky Walters

2.29

0.795

1939

45

Jim McCormick

1.84

0.796

1883

46

Johnny Antonelli

2.29

0.796

1954

47

Don Sutton

2.2

0.797

1980

48

Tom Seaver

2.08

0.797

1973

49

Stu Miller

2.47

0.804

1958

50

Christy Mathewson

1.99

0.807

1911

51

Tim Keefe

1.58

0.808

1885

52

Tommy Bond

2.11

0.809

1877

53

Jake Peavy

2.27

0.810

2004

54

Clark Griffith

1.88

0.812

1898

55

Randy Johnson

2.48

0.812

1999

56

Randy Johnson

2.49

0.813

2001

57

Grover C Alexander

1.91

0.813

1920

58

Larry Corcoran

1.95

0.815

1882

59

Hippo Vaughn

1.74

0.819

1918

60

Phil Douglas

2.62

0.824

1922

61

Harry Brecheen

2.24

0.831

1948

62

Danny Darwin

2.21

0.832

1990

63

Elmer Riddle

2.24

0.837

1941

64

Atlee Hammaker

2.25

0.839

1983

65

Greg Maddux

2.36

0.843

1993

66

Sandy Koufax

2.04

0.844

1965

67

King Cole

1.8

0.847

1910

68

Bill Doak

1.72

0.847

1914

69

Greg Maddux

2.22

0.847

1998

70

Joe McGinnity

1.61

0.847

1904

71

Lon Warneke

2.37

0.848

1932

72

Jeff Tesreau

1.96

0.848

1912

73

Grover C Alexander

1.55

0.849

1916

74

John Clarkson

2.73

0.851

1889

75

Jim Turner

2.38

0.852

1937

76

Amos Rusie

2.54

0.852

1897

77

Jason Schmidt

2.34

0.854

2003

78

Warren Spahn

2.33

0.854

1947

79

Dolf Luque

2.63

0.858

1925

80

Randy Jones

2.24

0.866

1975

81

Tim Keefe

1.74

0.866

1888

82

Sam Leever

2.06

0.867

1903

83

John Ewing

2.27

0.868

1891

84

Howie Pollet

2.1

0.868

1946

85

Dave Koslo

2.5

0.869

1949

86

Steve Carlton

1.97

0.869

1972

87

John Candelaria

2.34

0.872

1977

88

Bucky Walters

2.48

0.873

1940

89

Bob Friend

2.84

0.873

1955

90

Christy Mathewson

1.43

0.877

1908

91

Kevin Brown

2.58

0.881

2000

92

Nolan Ryan

2.76

0.884

1987

93

Rube Waddell

2.37

0.885

1900

94

Ray Kremer

2.47

0.885

1927

95

Bill Walker

3.08

0.886

1929

96

Sal Maglie

2.71

0.886

1950

97

Steve Rogers

2.4

0.886

1982

98

Scott Garrelts

2.28

0.887

1989

99

Sandy Koufax

2.54

0.888

1962

100

Bill Swift

2.08

0.888

1992

101

Cy Blanton

2.59

0.891

1935

102

Tommy Bond

1.96

0.897

1879

103

Bill Lee

2.66

0.902

1938

104

Ray Prim

2.4

0.908

1945

105

Tom Seaver

2.82

0.909

1970

106

Grover C Alexander

1.72

0.910

1919

107

Buzz Capra

2.28

0.913

1974

108

Dennis Martinez

2.39

0.913

1991

109

Ray Kremer

2.61

0.914

1926

110

Hoyt Wilhelm

2.43

0.916

1952

111

Alejandro Pena

2.48

0.916

1984

112

Ed Heusser

2.38

0.918

1944

113

Christy Mathewson

2.06

0.919

1913

114

Lew Burdette

2.71

0.921

1956

115

Mike McCormick

2.7

0.922

1960

116

Bill Doak

2.58

0.927

1921

117

Craig Swan

2.43

0.929

1978

118

J.R. Richard

2.71

0.931

1979

119

Ted Breitenstein

3.18

0.934

1893

120

Dan Casey

2.86

0.935

1887

121

Vic Willis

2.5

0.936

1899

122

Jesse Tannehill

2.18

0.936

1901

123

Joe Magrane

2.18

0.937

1988

124

Juan Marichal

2.1

0.940

1969

125

Warren Spahn

3.01

0.942

1961

126

John Denny

2.52

0.945

1976

127

Johnny Podres

2.66

0.946

1957

128

Chet Nichols

2.88

0.960

1951

129

Sam Jones

2.82

0.963

1959

 

 

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