Stats and Ranks
Some Interesting Stats and Facts
- 9th best single-season ERA in MLB history, best in Phillies history
- Lowest ERA in MLB history for a pitcher with 350+ innings
- 9th best single-season WHIP in MLB, best in Phillies history
- 23rd most IP in MLB history, 3rd in Phillies history (behind 2 of his other seasons)
- 2nd lowest ERA since 1915 (Gibson, 1968)
- Joined Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson and Ed Walsh as the only pitchers with 350+ innings, a sub 1.50 ERA and a sub 1.00 WHIP in MLB history. Only Walsh
- Pitched an MLB single-season record four 1-hitters
- Won the Phillies 1st ever World Series game. Their only win in the World Series from 1903-1980.
- Broke the Phillies all-time single-season strike-out mark, and held it until 1965 (Bunning).
Why He’s Here
376.1 IP, 1.22 ERA, 0.84 WHIP. Do I really have to continue?
One of the great pitching seasons of any era, Pete ‘Grover Cleveland’ Alexander led the Phillies to their first World Series in 1915.
Let’s start with the innings, where Alexander logged 376.1 in 42 starts and 7 relief appearances. 27.3% of the team’s innings for the entire season were courtesy of his right arm. 23rd most inning pitched in MLB history.
Now to the dominating performance in those innings. His 0.84 is the stuff of modern day closers. If you put the minimum IP at just 60, there have been only 32 pitching seasons with a WHIP under Alexander’s 0.842. The average IP of those seasons is 126.1, 1/3 of Alexander’s total.
His 1.22 ERA is equally absurd, and like his WHIP, stands 9th all-time for starters. He pitched 12 shutouts and 4 one-hitters. Game logs aren’t available that far back, but he obviously didn’t have many games where he allowed more than 1 run. His ERA was exactly half of Roy Halladay’s 2010 mark.
His K/9 rate doesn’t seem impressive by today’s standards, but he led the league and his 241 strikeouts were one of only 3 seasons with that many K’s from 1915-1940.
Getting into sabermetric stats, his 9.8 WAR is 25th all-time for a single-season and 2nd best in Phillies history.
#10. Dick Allen, 1966
#11. Jimmy Rollins, 2007
#12. Billy Hamilton, 1894
#13. Ed Delahanty, 1895
#14. Curt Schilling, 1997
#15 - Lefty O’Doul, 1929
#16 - Brad Lidge, 2008
#17 - Chris Short, 1964
#18 - John Denny, 1983
#19 - Tug McGraw, 1980
#20 - Greg Luzinksi, 1977
#21 - Gavvy Cravath, 1913
#22 - Lenny Dykstra, 1993
Five pitchers that just missed (and criteria for rankings)