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Major League Baseball’s Combined No-Hitters

The Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels (l.), Jake Diekman, Ken Giles And Jonathan Papelbon Threw A No-Hitter Tonight

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels (l.), Jake Diekman, Ken Giles And Jonathan Papelbon Threw A No-Hitter Tonight

It’s happened 11 times – combined no-hitters – including tonight.

Four Philadelphia Phillies pitchers joined arms to toss a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves.

The first combined no-hitter, almost 100 years ago, featured none other than Babe Ruth himself, as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Crazy thing is, he was tossed from the game for arguing balls and strikes before even recording an out. Ernie Shore came in and retired all 27 batters, including the one the Babe left on base.

The second combined no-hitter, by the Baltimore OriolesSteve Barber and Stu Miller, is the only one that was a loss.

The two most recent combined no-nos before tonight were both in interleague play and featured no less than six pitchers apiece. That’s a lot of pitchers.

TEAM PITCHERS IP AGAINST FINAL SCORE DATE
1. Boston Red Sox Babe Ruth 0 Washington Senators 4-0 Jun. 23, 1917
Ernie Shore 9
2. Baltimore Orioles Steve Barber 8.2 Detroit Tigers 2-1 (Loss) Apr. 30, 1967
    Stu Miller 0.1      
3. Oakland A’s Vida Blue 5 California Angels 5-0 Sep. 28, 1975
Glenn Abbott 1
Paul Lindblad 1
Rollie Fingers 2
4. Chicago White Sox Blue Moon Odom 5 Oakland A’s 2-1 Jul. 28, 1976
    Francisco Barrios 4      
5. California Angels Mark Langston 7 Seattle Mariners 1-0 Apr. 11, 1990
Mike Witt 2
6. Baltimore Orioles Bob Milacki 6 Oakland A’s 2-0 Jul. 13, 1991
    Mike Flanagan 1      
    Mark Williamson 1      
    Gregg Olson 1      
7. Atlanta Braves Kent Mercker 6 San Diego Padres 1-0 Sep. 11, 1991
Mark Wohlers 2
Alejandro Pena 1
8. Pittsburgh Pirates Francisco Cordova 9 Houston Astros 3-0 Jul. 12, 1997
    Ricardo Rincon 1      
9. Houston Astros Roy Oswalt 1 New York Yankees 8-0 Jun. 11, 2003
Pete Munro 2.2
Kirk Saarloos 1.1
Brad Lidge 2
Octavio Dotel 1
Billy Wagner 1
10. Seattle Mariners Kevin Millwood 6 Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 Jun. 8, 2012
    Charlie Furbush 0.2      
    Stephen Pryor 0.1      
    Lucas Luetge 0.1      
    Brandon League 0.2      
    Tom Wilhelmsen 1      
11. Philadelphia Phillies Cole Hamels 6 Atlanta Braves 7-0 Sep. 1, 2014
Jake Diekman 1
Ken Giles 1
Jonathan Papelbon 1

Photo: Curtis Compton, Atlanta-Journal Constitution via santamariatimes.com

MLB: Strikeout-to-Walk Ratios of the Top 20 Strikeout Pitchers of All Time

Curt Schilling And Pedro Martinez Are The Two Best Control-Strikeout Pitchers Of All Time

Curt Schilling And Pedro Martinez Are The Two Best Control-Strikeout Pitchers Of All Time

Yesterday, Sports List of the Day dug some for another statistical indicator of career strikeout dominance – this time hand-in-hand with control. In other words, which pitchers in history struck out the most batters (minimum 1,000 K’s) while also walking the fewest. They’re the top 20 hurlers with the best strikeout-walk (K-BB) ratios.

But of the greatest strikeout pitchers (see the top 20 with the most strikeouts ever in the second list below), only three made that list. You see, the most dominant strikeout pitchers also, more often than not, walk a bunch of people, too.

Take the No. 1 strikeout pitcher, Nolan Ryan, a perfect example. Ryan struck out 5,714 batters – but also walked 2,795 (most ever, almost 1,000 more than the next guy).

Ryan has the second worst K-BB Ratio of the top 20, ahead of only knuckleballer Phil Niekro.

At the top, though, are those three pitchers alluded to above. Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez are the greatest control-strikeout pitchers the game has ever seen – both over 3,000 K’s and owning the two best K-BB ratios of all time. Mike Mussina is the third of the top 20 strikeout kings in terms of K-BB ratio (and 12th overall).

RANKING TOP 20 STRIKEOUT PITCHERS BY K-BB RATIO

  PITCHER K-BB RATIO STRIKEOUTS RANK STRIKEOUTS WALKS ARM CAREER SPAN
1. Curt Schilling 4.38 15. 3,116 711 R 1988-2007
2. Pedro Martinez 4.15 13. 3,154 760 R 1992-2009
3. Mike Mussina 3.58 19. 2,813 785 R 1991-2008
4. Greg Maddux 3.37 10. 3,371 999 R 1986-2008
5. Randy Johnson 3.26 2. 4,875 1,497 L 1988-2009
6. Fergie Jenkins 3.20 12. 3,192 997 R 1965-1983
7. John Smoltz 3.05 16. 3,084 1,010 R 1988-1999, 2001-2009
8. Roger Clemens 2.96 3. 4,672 1,580 R 1984-2007
9. Jim Bunning 2.86 17. 2,855 1,000 R 1955-1971
10. Bert Blyleven 2.80 5. 3,701 1,322 R 1970-1990, 1992
11. Don Sutton 2.66 7. 3,574 1,343 R 1966-1988
12. Tom Seaver 2.62 6. 3,640 1,390 R 1967-1986
13. Mickey Lolich 2.58 18. 2,832 1,099 L 1963-1976, 1978, 1979
14. Walter Johnson 2.57 9. 3,509 1,363 R 1907-1927
15. Gaylord Perry 2.56 8. 3,534 1,379 R 1962-1983
16. Bob Gibson 2.33 14. 3,117 1,336 R 1959-1975
17. Cy Young* 2.30 20. 2,803 1,217 R 1890-1911
18. Steve Carlton 2.26 4. 4,136 1,833 L 1965-1988
19. Frank Tanana 2.21 21. 2,773 1,255 L 1973-1993
20. Nolan Ryan 2.04 1. 5,714 2,795 R 1966, 1968-1993
21. Phil Niekro 1.85 11. 3,342 1,809 R 1964-1987

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TOP 20 PITCHERS WITH THE MOST STRIKEOUTS

  PITCHER K-WALKS RATIO STRIKEOUTS WALKS ARM CAREER SPAN
1. Nolan Ryan 2.04 5,714 2,795 R 1966, 1968-1993
2. Randy Johnson 3.26 4,875 1,497 L 1988-2009
3. Roger Clemens 2.96 4,672 1,580 R 1984-2007
4. Steve Carlton 2.26 4,136 1,833 L 1965-1988
5. Bert Blyleven 2.80 3,701 1,322 R 1970-1990, 1992
6. Tom Seaver 2.62 3,640 1,390 R 1967-1986
7. Don Sutton 2.66 3,574 1,343 R 1966-1988
8. Gaylord Perry 2.56 3,534 1,379 R 1962-1983
9. Walter Johnson 2.57 3,509 1,363 R 1907-1927
10. Greg Maddux 3.37 3,371 999 R 1986-2008
11. Phil Niekro 1.85 3,342 1,809 R 1964-1987
12. Fergie Jenkins 3.20 3,192 997 R 1965-1983
13. Pedro Martinez 4.15 3,154 760 R 1992-2009
14. Bob Gibson 2.33 3,117 1,336 R 1959-1975
15. Curt Schilling 4.38 3,116 711 R 1988-2007
16. John Smoltz 3.05 3,084 1,010 R 1988-1999, 2001-2009
17. Jim Bunning 2.86 2,855 1,000 R 1955-1971
18. Mickey Lolich 2.58 2,832 1,099 L 1963-1976, 1978, 1979
19. Mike Mussina 3.58 2,813 785 R 1991-2008
20. Cy Young* 2.30 2,803 1,217 R 1890-1911
21. Frank Tanana 2.21 2,773 1,255 L 1973-1993

* Cy Young is the only pre-1901 pitcher. I left him in and added a 21st pitcher to cover the all-time list and also the current era (1901-present) of the unification of the National and American Leagues into Major League Baseball.

Photos: Elsa, Getty Images via kool1079.com / lifetimetopps.wordpress.com

MLB: Top 20 Pitchers with the Best Career Strikeout-to-Walk Ratios

Minimum 1,000 strikeouts, 1901-Present

PITCHER K-BB RATIO K BB* ARM CAREER SPAN
1. Curt Schilling 4.38 3,116 711 R 1988-2007
2. Pedro Martinez 4.15 3,154 760 R 1992-2009
3. Mariano Rivera 4.10 1,173 286 R 1995-2013
4. Dan Haren 4.04 1,851 458 R 2003-Present
5. Cliff Lee 3.93 1,824 464 L 2002-Present
6. Cole Hamels 3.78 1,667 441 L 2006-Present
7. Trevor Hoffman 3.69 1,133 307 R 1993-2010
8. Jon Lieber 3.68
1,553 422 R 1994-2002, 2004-2008
9. Bret Saberhagen 3.64 1,715 471 R 1984-1995, 1997-1999, 2001
10. Ben Sheets 3.59 (3.5908) 1,325 369 R 2001-2008, 2010, 2012
11. Zack Greinke 3.59 (3.5879) 1,654 461 R 2004-Present
12. Mike Mussina 3.58 (3.5834) 2,813 785 R 1991-2008
13. Roy Halladay 3.58 (3.5760) 2,117 592 R 1998-2013
14. Roy Oswalt 3.56 1,852 520 R 2001-2013
14. James Shields 3.56 1,592 447 R 2006-Present
16. Johan Santana 3.51 1,988 567 L 2000-2010, 2012
17. David Price 3.48 1,100 316 L 2008-Present
18. Ricky Nolasco 3.45 1,163 337 R 2006-Present
19. Felix Hernandez 3.41 1,907 560 R 2005-Present
20. Max Scherzer 3.40 1,278 376 R 2008-Present

 

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