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Best H/9IP, minimum 300 IP

Posted by Andy on May 29, 2009

On yesterday's post we've talked a lot about Bob Gibson's 1968 season in which he pitched 304.2 innings and allowed only 198 hits. Would you believe that this is NOT the best hit rate for a guy with at least 300 IP?

  Cnt Player             **H/9**    IP  Year Age Tm  Lg  G   GS CG SHO GF  W  L  W-L% SV  H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF   AB  2B 3B IBB HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS Pk BK WP   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  OPS+  Pit  Str
+----+-----------------+---------+-----+----+---+---+--+---+---+--+---+--+--+--+-----+--+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+----+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+----+----+
    1 Sandy Koufax         5.79   335.2 1965  29 LAD NL  43  41 27   8  2 26  8  .765  2 216  90  76  71 382   2.04  160 26 1297 1205 29  7   4   5  13   3  13  16  4  1  0 11  .179  .227  .280  .507   52           
    2 Bob Gibson           5.85   304.2 1968  32 STL NL  34  34 28  13  0 22  9  .710  0 198  49  38  62 268   1.12  258 11 1161 1075 23  0   6   7  15   2  18   6  5  0  0  4  .184  .233  .236  .469   47           
    3 Ed Walsh             5.89   369.2 1910  29 CHW AL  45  36 33   7  7 18 20  .474  5 242  90  52  61 258   1.27  189  5 1386                  4                        2  6                            0           
    4 Nolan Ryan           5.98   332.2 1974  27 CAL AL  42  41 26   3  1 22 16  .579  0 221 127 107 202 367   2.89  118 18 1392 1165 38  6   3   9  12   4  24  28 21  3  0  9  .190  .313  .279  .592   76           
    5 Vida Blue            6.03   312   1971  21 OAK AL  39  39 24   8  0 24  8  .750  0 209  73  63  88 301   1.82  185 19 1207 1103 28  3   3   4   9   3  23   7  7  0  1 10  .189  .251  .272  .523   55           
    6 Walter Johnson       6.03   346   1913  25 WSH AL  48  36 29  11 11 36  7  .837  2 232  56  44  38 243   1.14  259  9 1305                  9                        0  3                            0           
    7 Pete Alexander       6.05   376.1 1915  28 PHI NL  49  42 36  12  7 31 10  .756  3 253  86  51  64 241   1.22  225  3 1435                 10                        0  2                            0           
    8 Mordecai Brown       6.17   312.1 1908  31 CHC NL  44  31 27   9 12 29  9  .763  5 214  64  51  49 123   1.47  160  1 1180                  5                        0  6                            0           
    9 Sandy Koufax         6.19   311   1963  27 LAD NL  40  40 20  11  0 25  5  .833  0 214  68  65  58 306   1.88  159 18 1210 1135 28  6   7   3  13   1   9  11  1  0  1  6  .189  .230  .271  .501   54           
   10 Walter Johnson       6.32   369   1912  24 WSH AL  50  37 34   7 13 33 12  .733  2 259  89  57  76 303   1.39  242  2 1426                 16                        0 11                            0           
   11 Jack Coombs          6.32   353   1910  27 PHA AL  45  38 35  13  6 31  9  .775  1 248  74  51 115 224   1.30  182  0 1388                  7                        0 10                            0           
   12 Rube Waddell         6.33   328.2 1905  28 PHA AL  46  34 27   7 11 27 10  .730  0 231  86  54  90 287   1.48  179  5 1300                 10                        2 10                            0           
   13 Walter Johnson       6.37   370   1910  22 WSH AL  45  42 38   8  3 25 17  .595  1 262  92  56  76 313   1.36  183  1 1402                 13                        0 21                            0           
   14 Eddie Cicotte        6.39   346.2 1917  33 CHW AL  49  35 29   7  9 28 12  .700  4 246  76  59  70 150   1.53  174  2 1288                  3                        2  1                            0           
   15 Babe Ruth            6.40   323.2 1916  21 BOS AL  44  41 23   9  3 23 12  .657  1 230  83  63 118 170   1.75  158  0 1300                  8                        1  3                            0           
   16 Gaylord Perry        6.42   322.1 1974  35 CLE AL  37  37 28   4  0 21 13  .618  0 230  98  90  99 216   2.51  144 25 1262 1127 34  7   7   6  19  12  27  12  6  3  0  2  .204  .269  .313  .582   67           
   17 Addie Joss           6.42   325   1908  28 CLE AL  42  35 29   9  6 24 11  .686  2 232  77  42  30 130   1.16  205  2 1244                  2                        0  6                            0           
   18 Denny McLain         6.46   336   1968  24 DET AL  41  41 28   6  0 31  6  .838  0 241  86  73  63 280   1.96  154 31 1288 1206 38  5   2   6  10   3  19  19  5  1  0  3  .200  .243  .317  .560   72           
   19 Mordecai Brown       6.46   342.2 1909  32 CHC NL  50  34 32   8 15 27  9  .750  7 246  78  50  53 172   1.31  193  1 1302                  7                        0  9                            0           
   20 Claude Hendrix       6.51   362   1914  25 CHI FL  49  37 34   6 12 29 10  .744  5 262  91  68  77 189   1.69  174  6 1371                  5                        0  9                            0           
   21 Bugs Raymond         6.55   324.1 1908  26 STL NL  48  37 23   5  8 15 25  .375  2 236 116  73  95 145   2.03  116  2 1247                 14                        0  9                            0           
   22 Nolan Ryan           6.57   326   1973  26 CAL AL  41  39 26   4  2 21 16  .568  1 238 113 104 162 383   2.87  122 18 1355 1172 53  5   2   7   7   7  24  37 10  4  0 15  .203  .302  .303  .605   77           
   23 Christy Mathewson    6.57   390.2 1908  27 NYG NL  56  44 34  11 10 37 11  .771  5 285  85  62  42 259   1.43  168  5 1499                  3                        0  2                            0           
   24 George McQuillan     6.58   359.2 1908  23 PHI NL  48  42 32   7  6 23 17  .575  2 263  87  61  91 114   1.53  157  1 1409                  6                        0  5                            0           
   25 Gaylord Perry        6.64   342.2 1972  33 CLE AL  41  40 29   5  1 24 16  .600  1 253  79  73  82 234   1.92  170 17 1345 1235 43  9  16  12  15   1  27   5  8  0  0 11  .205  .261  .296  .557   68           

Nope, Koufax gets the top slot on this particular list. Notice that the only pitchers on here to approach modern day are Koufan, Gibson, Ryan, and Perry. Of course, that's mainly due to the fact that nobody pitches 300 innings in a season any more (plus hit rates are too high...)

Do you know who pitched the most recent 300-inning season? Most fans will know right off that it was Steve Carlton in 1980:

  Cnt Player            Year   IP  Age Tm  Lg  G   GS CG SHO GF  W  L  W-L% SV  H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF   AB  2B 3B IBB HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS Pk BK WP   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  OPS+  Pit  Str
+----+-----------------+----+-----+---+---+--+---+---+--+---+--+--+--+-----+--+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+----+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+----+----+
    1 Steve Carlton     1980 304    35 PHI NL  38  38 13   3  0 24  9  .727  0 243  87  79  90 286   2.34  162 15 1228 1114 50 13  12   2  14   8  14  14 16  9  7 17  .218  .276  .327  .603   69           
    2 Phil Niekro       1979 342    40 ATL NL  44  44 23   1  0 21 20  .512  0 311 160 129 113 208   3.39  120 41 1436 1290 50  6   8  11  14   7  25  40 11  2  4 18  .241  .306  .384  .690   88           
    3 Phil Niekro       1978 334.1  39 ATL NL  44  42 22   4  1 19 18  .514  1 295 129 107 102 248   2.88  142 16 1389 1254 42 10   5  13  13   6  13  34 12  4  3 11  .235  .298  .323  .621   71           
    4 Jim Palmer        1977 319    31 BAL AL  39  39 22   3  0 20 11  .645  0 263 106 103  99 193   2.91  132 24 1269 1148 42  9   1   3  10   9  22  15 30  1  0  7  .229  .290  .344  .634   77           
    5 Steve Rogers      1977 301.2  27 MON NL  40  40 17   4  0 17 16  .515  0 272 122 104  81 206   3.10  122 16 1235 1121 44 10   3   5  18   9  23  24 13  4  1 14  .243  .294  .343  .637   77           
    6 Dave Goltz        1977 303    28 MIN AL  39  39 19   2  0 20 11  .645  0 284 129 113  91 186   3.36  120 23 1253 1149 41 14   4   2   7   5  26  18 16  6  1  9  .247  .302  .367  .669   82           
    7 Phil Niekro       1977 330.1  38 ATL NL  44  43 20   2  1 16 20  .444  0 315 166 148 164 262   4.03  111 26 1428 1236 44  9  12   8  11   8  26  47 32  4  3 17  .255  .344  .368  .712   88           
    8 Randy Jones       1976 315.1  26 SDP NL  40  40 25   5  0 22 14  .611  0 274 109  96  50  93   2.74  120 15 1251 1173 40  3   9   4  15   9  34  15  3  2  1  0  .234  .265  .311  .576   74           
    9 Jim Palmer        1976 315    30 BAL AL  40  40 23   6  0 22 13  .629  0 255 101  88  84 159   2.51  130 20 1256 1140 35  8   5   8  10  14  20  33 15  3  0  5  .224  .278  .321  .599   80           
   10 Gaylord Perry     1975 305.2  36 TOT AL  37  37 25   5  0 18 17  .514  0 277 127 110  70 233   3.24  116 28 1248 1159 45  7   6   4  11   3  15  12 17  2  0  5  .239  .284  .362  .646   82           
   11 Jim Palmer        1975 323    29 BAL AL  39  38 25  10  1 23 11  .676  1 253  87  75  80 193   2.09  169 20 1268 1172 37 10   4   2  10   4  32  29 11  1  0  4  .216  .266  .316  .582   68           
   12 Jim Kaat          1975 303.2  36 CHW AL  43  41 12   1  1 20 14  .588  0 321 121 105  77 142   3.11  125 20 1279 1172 51  6   0   9  11  10  31   4 12  2  2  0  .274  .321  .379  .700   95           
   13 Andy Messersmith  1975 321.2  29 LAD NL  42  40 19   7  2 19 14  .576  1 244  92  82  96 213   2.29  149 22 1276 1148 29  3   2   5  20   7  24  14  7  2  0  8  .213  .275  .301  .576   67           
   14 Catfish Hunter    1975 328    29 NYY AL  39  39 30   7  0 23 14  .622  0 248 107  94  83 177   2.58  144 25 1294 1191 38  5   4   5   7   8  17  15 14  0  0  7  .208  .261  .312  .573   62           

From 1966 to 1975, it was common for at least 4 guys to do it per year, including 9 in 1969.

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3 Responses to “Best H/9IP, minimum 300 IP”

  1. mrbaseballcard Says:

    In modern day I believe you left off Vida Blue - who had a pretty good year in 1971.

  2. damthesehigheels Says:

    There's an 'unreachable' stat! Unless the lengthen the season....

  3. kingturtle Says:

    coming in at 16th on the list is my all-time favorite pitcher, Babe Ruth.

    Ed Walsh and Bugs Raymond are the only guys on the list with a losing record.

    With 202 and 162 walks in a season, of course Nolan Ryan is on the list twice. Who can get a hit when you're walked that often?