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

Read more about the Top Ten pitchers and batters in baseball history in Stat Geek Baseball, the Best Ever Book.

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Roger Clemens - #3 (1984-2007)

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As Clemens pitched throughout his career, it was pretty much acknowledged that you were witnessing one of the games best pitchers, right up there with Young and Walter Johnson. Most thought of him as a notch above Maddux, particularly because he could dominate a game with the strikeout in a way Maddux could not, plus he was considered a better big game pitcher. And he certainly was up there in class. Now, we once again don't know if or how the PED allegations of recent years affect those thoughts; they certainly don't add to the luster. For some reason, we don't think Clemens will suffer the demotions as much as Bonds might when the full blush of the era is in better view, but that's only a perception way on the outside of the actual facts. But with the career that we know about and the seasons and stats that are in clear view, Clemens ranks at the #3 Pitcher of All-Time for his career.

Let's answer the question right up front. Why is Clemens Category Rank ranked below his contemporary on the mound, Greg Maddux? It's really pretty easy; he was less durable. They pitched during the same years with Clemens beginning his career only two years earlier and stopping one year before, but Maddux pitched more innings despite a career that was solely within the National League where the manager had
IP 4916.7 16 to pinch hit for the pitcher in close games. Now, Maddux did not get pinch hit for as much as some; he was a fine hitter, but if you look down the list of seasons, you'll see why Clemens fell short in that regard, logging five seasons below 200 innings from the age of 24-40. Maddux had only one. Clemens had four seasons, 1993, 1995, 1999, and 2002, when his PEVA Pitching rating fell below 10.000; Maddux had none. So while Clemens may have been the pitcher you'd select for that one game; Maddux took the ball more often and won the game he took it in. There's not a whole lot to choose between the two in rate stats; the 10.55 vs. 10.34 for Clemens in WHIP9 probably better considering the league differentials with the same acknowledgment for the ERA (in Roger's favor anyway), and Roger's prowess did not wane in his final years quite as much, although there might be a reason why.

Roger Clemens Career Stats
Year Team Lg W SV IP ERA Age PEVA-P
1984 BOS AL 9 0 133.3 4.32 22 2.586
1985 BOS AL 7 0 98.3 3.29 23 2.682
1986 BOS AL 24 0 254.0 2.48 24 35.030
1987 BOS AL 20 0 281.7 2.97 25 43.210
1988 BOS AL 18 0 264.0 2.93 26 28.435
1989 BOS AL 17 0 253.3 3.13 27 17.353
1990 BOS AL 21 0 228.3 1.93 28 41.426
1991 BOS AL 18 0 271.3 2.62 29 43.004
1992 BOS AL 18 0 246.7 2.41 30 34.707
1993 BOS AL 11 0 191.7 4.46 31 6.679
1994 BOS AL 9 0 170.7 2.85 32 15.705
1995 BOS AL 10 0 140.0 4.18 33 4.859
1996 BOS AL 10 0 242.7 3.63 34 11.918
1997 TOR AL 21 0 264.0 2.05 35 47.079
1998 TOR AL 20 0 234.7 2.65 36 33.173
1999 NYA AL 14 0 187.7 4.60 37 6.966
2000 NYA AL 13 0 204.3 3.70 38 12.249
2001 NYA AL 20 0 220.3 3.51 39 18.346
2002 NYA AL 13 0 180.0 4.35 40 5.994
2003 NYA AL 17 0 211.7 3.91 41 12.288
2004 HOU NL 18 0 214.3 2.98 42 22.379
2005 HOU NL 13 0 211.3 1.87 43 28.104
2006 HOU NL 7 0 113.3 2.30 44 10.811
2007 NYA AL 6 0 99.0 4.18 45 2.466
Total 354 0 4916.7 3.12 487.448

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 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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