Stats and Ranks
Some Interesting Stats and Facts
- Had 10 more wins than anyone else in the NL
- Had 40 more IP than anyone else in NL
- Had 9 more CG than anyone else in NL
- Also led the league in BB/9 and K/BB ratio
- In the top-100 single-seasons all-time in W, IP and CG
- Lowest WHIP of any pitchers with 330 IP from 1918-1964
- Since 1952, only one pitcher (Denny McClain, 31) won more games in a season than Roberts’ 28.
Why He’s Here
You look at numbers like Roberts put up in 1952 (and every year from 1950-1956) and you assume that this is one of those things that was just “a sign of the times.” Everyone was pitching 330 innings a season back then, right? Not quite.
From 1950-1956, Robin Roberts pitched 2,235 innings. The next in line was only 265.1 innings behind. Warren Spahn. There were only 10 seasons of 300+ IP in the 1950′s across the entire league. 6 of them were by Roberts.
Despite his large workload, his ERA remained low. In 1952, it was the lowest for a single-season in his career. He also set career highs in wins and WHIP.
Roberts started what now seems like a tradition of Phillies’ work-horse RHP who excel at pitching deep into game, limiting runs, not walking anyone, not striking out people at an elite level (except Schilling) but considered among the best RHP in the game. Roberts, Bunning, Schilling, Halladay. Just so happens they are 6,7,14 and 8 on this list. But the original, Robin Roberts, is still the best.
#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)