Stat Geek Baseball, the Best Ever Book
Stat Geek Baseball,
the Best Ever Book

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Cy Young - #2 (1890-1911)

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Yes, Cy Young would have won a whole lot of his own awards. He was the best pitcher at the turn of the
century and many think the best pitcher in the game. And it's hard to quibble, although some of his exploits need to be put into some historic context. Cy Young won 511 games and pitched over 400 innings five times. It's that durability, as well as skill, that pushes Young toward the top. His ERA of 2.63 when adjusted for the age and park ranks #17 on the career list. He wasn't as precise as Maddux and didn't strike out as many batters as hurlers whose careers would start after the turn of the century, but those were the sole items where some could criticize him.

Only one season in a span of 19 years from 1891 to 1909 did Cy Young fail to win 15 games, including over 30 wins in four separate seasons. There were six seasons with an ERA south of the pitcher's Mendoza line of 2.00. What all that adds up to is the 2nd Best Pitching Career in baseball history within the baseballevaluation universe, plus an annual award given to the best pitchers in the American and National Leagues. It's good to give out props where they're deserved, as the awards remind us of Cy Young each fall.

Geez, wonder what he would think of pitch counts and two hundred inning seasons considered as overuse.  Perhaps just progress, perhaps not.


Cy Young Career Stats
Year Team Lg W SV IP ERA Age PEVA-P
1890 CL4 NL 9 0 147.7 3.47 23 2.182
1891 CL4 NL 27 2 423.7 2.85 24 14.082
1892 CL4 NL 36 0 453.0 1.93 25 31.345
1893 CL4 NL 34 1 422.7 3.36 26 43.542
1894 CL4 NL 26 1 408.7 3.94 27 26.323
1895 CL4 NL 35 0 369.7 3.26 28 32.941
1896 CL4 NL 28 3 414.3 3.24 29 38.520
1897 CL4 NL 21 0 333.7 3.80 30 18.713
1898 CL4 NL 25 0 377.7 2.53 31 26.356
1899 SLN NL 26 1 369.3 2.58 32 40.907
1900 SLN NL 19 0 321.3 3.00 33 21.483
1901 BOS AL 33 0 371.3 1.62 34 48.628
1902 BOS AL 32 0 384.7 2.15 35 28.273
1903 BOS AL 28 2 341.7 2.08 36 26.153
1904 BOS AL 26 1 380.0 1.97 37 21.996
1905 BOS AL 18 0 320.7 1.82 38 22.243
1906 BOS AL 13 2 287.7 3.19 39 6.429
1907 BOS AL 21 2 343.3 1.99 40 18.401
1908 BOS AL 21 2 299.0 1.26 41 19.816
1909 CLE AL 19 0 295.0 2.26 42 10.301
1910 CLE AL 7 0 163.3 2.53 43 4.048
1911 CLE AL 3 0 46.3 3.88 44 1.462
1911 BSN NL 4 0 80.0 3.71 44
Total 511 17 7354.7 2.63 504.145

Note: PEVA-P, Pitching PEVA rating for year.

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Grover Cleveland Alexander What is PEVA?
PEVA is the acronym for Stat Geek Baseball's New Player Rating value.  This grade is given to each player and pitcher each season, rating their performance on a peer to peer review.  Six components for pitchers and batters are melded together into the PEVA Rating, which ranges each year from 0.200 to 64.000. For more information on PEVA and the other new baseballevaluation.com Stats, see our Definitions page.  PEVA ratings are available for every pitcher and hitter in baseball history.

PEVA Scale

64.000 - Maximum
32.000 - Cy Young/MVP Candidate
20.000 - All League
15.000 - All-Star Level
10.000 - Very Good
3.500 - Average
0.200 - Minimum
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Photo Credits Top: Cristy Mathewsom, Walter Johnson (LOC).  Bottom: Grover Cleveland Alexander (LOC); Curt Schilling (Wilipedia Commons).

Note: PEVA - Player Rating for Season or Career.  PEVA per Year - Average Player Rating per season.  Seasons include all seasons played with no monimum.

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