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The Greatest Pitching Staff of All-Time

Babe_Ruth

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What do you think is the greatest pitching staff of all-time?

For me, it's the Braves in 1997, you have Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz and Neagle. All of them had incredible year, amounting over 200 innings each.
 
It is difficult to compare them to modern staffs, but one could argue for the Chicago Cubs of 1906. Not a single pitcher exceeded an ERA of 3.00. Four of them pitched over 200 innings, with the highest ERA of that lot being 2.21. Two more pitchers threw almost 150 innings with a sub-2.00 ERA. Despite the anemic league offense, these are still very impressive figures. That year (and in the two pennant-winning years afterward) the Cubs had six hurlers to turn to, all lead by ace Mordecai Brown, who boasted a 1.04 ERA in 1906. Brown and Jack Pfiester were particularly notorious for cutting down McGraw's Giants during what was one of the nastiest baseball rivalries ever.
 

StroShow

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Tyrus4189Cobb said:
It is difficult to compare them to modern staffs, but one could argue for the Chicago Cubs of 1906. Not a single pitcher exceeded an ERA of 3.00. Four of them pitched over 200 innings, with the highest ERA of that lot being 2.21. Two more pitchers threw almost 150 innings with a sub-2.00 ERA. Despite the anemic league offense, these are still very impressive figures. That year (and in the two pennant-winning years afterward) the Cubs had six hurlers to turn to, all lead by ace Mordecai Brown, who boasted a 1.04 ERA in 1906. Brown and Jack Pfiester were particularly notorious for cutting down McGraw's Giants during what was one of the nastiest baseball rivalries ever.
This.

Brown (HOF) 26-6, 27 CG, 1.04
Pfiester 20-8, 20 CG, 1.51
Lundgren 17-6, 21 CG, 2.21 (the slacker of the starting staff)
Reulbach 19-4, 20 CG, 1.65
Taylor 12-3, 15 CG, 1.83, after arriving from St. Louis
Overall 12-3, 13 CG, 1.88, after arriving from Cincinnati
Wicker 3-5, 5 CG, 2.99, sent to Cincinnati in the Overall deal
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League ERA == 2.62
Cubs ERA == 1.75
Cubs adjusted ERA == 150 -- that's a Cy Young candidate in a typical year, and the entire TEAM reached the mark.
 

goingtopshelf

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The Baltimore Orioles staff in 1971 the last staff with four 20-game winners. Jim Palmer (20-9; 2.68 ERA; 1.19 WHIP), Dave McNally (21-5/2.89/1.09), Mike Cuellar (20-9/3.08/1.12) and Pat Dobson (20-8/2.90/1.10) come to mind. That was after the first three all won 20 in 1970 as well as Cuellar was 24-8/3.48/1.14, McNally was 24-9/3.22/1.19 and Palmer was 20-10/2.71/1.19. That season Dobson was in San Diego.
 
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