Top 10 Starting Pitchers of All TimeSelecting the top 10 starting pitchers is not as difficult as one might think,...after #10 it becomes desperate work, as Bill James used to say. A word on the selection criteria before we get started.
A starter is any pitcher who started at least 50 percent of the games in which they appeared during his career.
The Top Ten
I'm a huge Nolan Ryan fan, but Walter Johnson was the best.
His record is probably the best combination of career + peak value among the top 10
The award for the best pitcher is called the "Cy Young Award" for a reason.
He got an award named after him he was so good
Set the standard for longevity and excellence in the closing years of the 19th century into the 'modern' era of the new century.
511 wins will likely never be topped. - tribe95
One of the truly great ones,... his deteriorating health shortened his career and eventually took his life way too soon
Far and a way the best pitcher of his era,.. if he lasted a little longer,... he would be at the top of this list
The reason he's all bloody in that picture is because he was hit by a line drive. He just calmly picked the ball up for the out. When he faced the same batter later in the game, he struck him out with four very determined fastballs (his fastballs were consistently above 100 mph).
Great player should be 1
Way overrated at #3
He won 363 games and was the best lefty pitcher ever
He was absolutely beast mode. I consider him the best lefty of all time
He should be number 1 or 2
Wow If I had seen Him play it would have been the best experience everV 3 Comments
He was spectacular and he had double wins than losses
He dominated and won with teams.
BEST PHILLIES PLAYER EVER!
His curveball and slider pitches were nasty - Sabbath
A model of consistancy for a very long time
He was universally recognized as the greatest pitcher of his time.
He pitched 4 No Hitters
HE SHOULD BE 1.
He could throw fire
A record very similar to Johnson's,... not quite as dominate in relation to his peers as Walter was in his time.
He was the 2nd best Giants pitcher of all time
A throwback to the power pitcher in the mold of the 'Big Train'
Nope you guys lie lie lie lie lie lie lie.
Was a sensation in his early career,... the bottle eventually removed his effectiveness in later years
Best Giants pitcher ever
In spite of a late start and having to pitch in a pitcher's era,... he was able to carve out a remarkable career
There are many knocking at the door to get in,... however I would argue that none can match the performance recorded by these folks,
Not that good 4 5
No words can describe how good he was
Son was a sensation even in his early years he deserves to be higher
One of the best Dodgers pitchers ever
Dominate,... if he didn't have to compete with his own business interests, might have gone on to compile the best record in baseball history
Not as good as others
Already in Kofax's league
BEAST. HE PITCHED 2 NO HITTERS IN THE SAME YEAR
Beast. Could pitch in both leagues, throw no hitters, and had the 2nd best strikeout record on his team
He won 100 games in each league and a no hitter in each league
He won so many games
Related ListsGreatest Pitchers of All Time Top MLB Pitchers of '08 Top 10 MLB Pitchers of the 2018 Top Ten MLB Relief Pitchers Greatest Right Handed Pitchers in MLB History
7 years, 328 days old
2. Cy Young
3. Christy Mathewson
2. Cy Young
3. Nolan Ryan