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NFL: Running Backs with the Most Career Yards Per Game

RUNNING BACK YARDS PER GAME CAREER SPAN TEAM(S)
1. Jim Brown 104.3 1957-1965  Cleveland Browns
2. Barry Sanders 99.8 1989-1998  Detroit Lions
3. Adrian Peterson 98.0 2007-2014  Minnesota Vikings
4. Terrell Davis 97.5 1995-2001  Denver Broncos
5. Eric Dickerson 90.8 1983-1993  Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders, Atlanta Falcons
6. Walter Payton 88.0 1975-1987  Chicago Bears
7. Clinton Portis 87.8 2002-2010  Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins
8. Arian Foster 86.1 2009-2014  Houston Texans
9. Billy Sims 85.1 1980-1984  Detroit Lions
10. Curtis Martin 83.9 1995-2005  New England Patriots, New York Jets
11. Chris Johnson 83.7 2008-2014  Tennessee Titans, New York Jets
12. O.J. Simpson 83.2 1969-1979  Buffalo Bills (AFL, NFL), San Francisco 49ers
13. Edgerrin James 82.7 1999-2009  Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks
14. Earl Campbell 81.8 1978-1985  Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints
15. Emmitt Smith 81.2 1990-2004  Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals
16. Jamal Lewis 81.0 2000-2009  Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns
17. LaDainian Tomlinson 80.5 2001-2011  San Diego Chargers, New York Jets
18. George Rogers 78.0 1981-1987  New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins
19. Shaun Alexander 76.9 2000-2008  Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins
20. Fred Taylor 76.4 1998-2010  Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots

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.

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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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