Found September 18, 2013 on Baseball Hot Corner:
The title says it all. I excluded seasons before 1976 because pitchers made way too many starts before then. If I went way back, I would run into seasons like Old Hoss Radbourn‘s 1886 where he won 27 and lost 31 (maybe his arm was worn out from throwing more than 2100 innings over the previous four years). I previously wrote an article on the 5 worst seasons of 120+ RBI. 20+ wins is a little rarer than 120+ RBI, so it took a little more digging to find seasons that were less than very good. I was informed by fWAR but I also used peripheral factors, and looked for seasons where perceived value and actual value were out of touch. Anyways, here’s the list. Honorable Mention: Ross Grimsley would go 20-11 in 1978, carving out his place in baseball history as the Montreal Expos only 20 game winner. Only one other NL starter struck out hitters at a lower rate than Grimsley’s 7.9%, which was 61% of the NL average. He also walked very few hitters and avoided the longball, allowing him to com...
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