Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and the Best Pitchers in Playoff History

Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, Two of the Best Pitchers in Playoff History

Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, Two of the Best Pitchers in Playoff History (nypost.com)

About a week ago, Sports List of the Day gave the rundown on MLB’s Best Hitters in Playoff History.  Today, let’s check out the all-time playoff pitching leaders.

Remember of course there are more playoff games played today than in the past (twice additional playoff rounds were added – in 1969 and 1995) so that skews the quantitative numbers naturally.

And if you were lucky or talented enough to be on the New York Yankees from the mid 1990’s on, or a frequent postseason attendee (Braves, Red Sox), the record book became your playground.  Andy Pettitte went ahead and collected playoff leaderships in games started, innings pitched and wins.  Mariano Rivera holds the postseason games, ERA and saves titles – and that saves title by an awfully wide margin.  Check out Mariano’s and Curt Schilling’s and John Smoltz’ playoff W-L records, by the way.  Sick.

As for the qualitative numbers – ERA, WHIP and per 9 innings stats – some of the pre-1969 prime-time players start showing up.  Hey, there’s Babe Ruth a couple of times, and Sandy Koufax.  Christy Mathewson and Cy Young.  Bob Gibson and Eddie Plank.

UPDATED LIST THROUGH 2012 POSTSEASON

GAMES IP
1. Mariano Rivera 96 141.0
2. Jeff Nelson 55 54.1
3. Mike Stanton 53 55.2
4. Mike Timlin 46 50.2
5. Andy Pettitte 44 276.2
6. John Smoltz 41 209.0
7. Mark Wohlers 39 38.1
8. Brad Lidge 39 45.1
9. Paul Assenmacher 36 20.0
10. Tom Glavine 35 218.1
10. Roger Clemens 35 199.0
10. Greg Maddux 35 198.0
GAMES STARTED
1. Andy Pettitte 44 276.2
2. Tom Glavine 35 218.1
3. Roger Clemens 34 199.0
4. Greg Maddux 30 198.0
5. John Smoltz 27 209.0
6. Whitey Ford 22 146.0
7. Mike Mussina 21 139.2
8. Curt Schilling 19 133.1
8. Catfish Hunter 19 132.1
10. Dave Stewart 18 133.0
10. Orel Hershiser 18 132.0
10. David Cone 18 111.1
10. Chris Carpenter 18 108.1
10. CC Sabathia 18 107.1
INNINGS PITCHED
1. Andy Pettitte 276.2 276.2
2. Tom Glavine 218.3 218.1
3. John Smoltz 209.0 209.0
4. Roger Clemens 199.0 199.0
5. Greg Maddux 198.0 198.0
6. Whitey Ford 146.0 146.0
7. Mariano Rivera 141.0 141.0
8. Mike Mussina 139.2 139.2
9. Curt Schilling 133.1 133.1
10. Dave Stewart 133.0 133.0
WINS
1. Andy Pettitte 19 276.2
2. John Smoltz 15 209.0
3. Tom Glavine 14 218.1
4. Roger Clemens 12 199.0
5. Greg Maddux 11 198.0
5. Curt Schilling 11 133.1
7. Whitey Ford 10 146.0
7. Dave Stewart 10 133.0
7. David Wells 10 125.0
7. Chris Carpenter 10 108.0
W-L PCT
1. Lefty Gomez 1.000 (6-0) 50.1
2. Mariano Rivera .889 (8-1) 140.0
3. Curt Schilling .846 (11-2) 133.1
4. Fernando Valenzuela .833 (5-1) 63.2
4. Juan Guzman .833 (5-1) 51.2
4. Bert Blyleven .833 (5-1) 47.1
4. Bruce Kison .833 (5-1) 36.1
9. John Smoltz .789 (15-4) 209.0
10. Red Ruffing .778 (7-2) 85.2
10. Bob Gibson .778 (7-2) 81.0
10. Allie Reynolds .778 (7-2) 77.1
ERA
1. Mariano Rivera 0.70 141.0
2. Harry Brecheen 0.83 32.2
3. Babe Ruth 0.87 31.0
4. Sherry Smith 0.89 30.1
5. Sandy Koufax 0.95 57.0
6. Christy Mathewson 0.97 101.2
7. Monte Pearson 1.01 35.2
8. Blue Moon Odom 1.13 39.2
9. Eddie Plank 1.32 54.2
10. Bill Hallahan 1.36 39.2
STRIKEOUTS
1. John Smoltz 199 209.0
2. Andy Pettitte 183 276.2
2. Roger Clemens 173 199.0
4. Mike Mussina 145 139.2
5. Tom Glavine 143 218.1
6. Randy Johnson 132 121.0
7. Greg Maddux 125 198.0
8. Curt Schilling 120 133.1
9. Mariano Rivera 110 140.0
10. Orlando Hernandez 107 106.0
COMPLETE GAMES
1. Christy Mathewson 10 101.2
2. Chief Bender 9 85.0
3. Red Ruffing 8 85.2
3. Bob Gibson 8 81.0
5. Whitey Ford 7 146.0
6. Jim Palmer 6 124.1
6. Dave McNally 6 90.1
6. Waite Hoyt 6 83.2
6. Art Nehf 6 79.0
6. George Mullin 6 58.0
6. Eddie Plank 6 54.2
SHUTOUTS
1. Christy Mathewson 4 101.2
2. Whitey Ford 3 146.0
2. Josh Beckett 3 93.2
2. Mordecai Brown 3 57.2
5. Curt Schilling 2 133.1
5. Orel Hershiser 2 132.0
5. Jim Palmer 2 124.1
5. Randy Johnson 2 121.0
5. Dave McNally 2 90.1
5. Bob Gibson 2 81.0
5. Art Nehf 2 79.0
5. Allie Reynolds 2 77.1
5. Sandy Koufax 2 57.0
5. Scott McGregor 2 49.2
5. Lew Burdette 2 49.1
5. Bill Hallahan 2 39.2
5. Bill Dinneen 2 35.0
SAVES
1. Mariano Rivera 42 140.0
2. Brad Lidge 18 44.1
3. Dennis Eckersley 15 36.0
4. Jason Isringhausen 11 26.2
4. Robb Nen 11 20.0
6. Mark Wohlers 10 38.1
7. Rollie Fingers 9 57.1
8. Rich Gossage 8 31.1
8. Randy Myers 8 30.2
8. Jason Motte 8 21.2
WHIP
1. Monte Pearson .729 35.2
2. Roy Halladay .737 38.0
3. Mariano Rivera .759 141.0
4. Jim Lonborg .780 33.1
5. Sandy Koufax .825 57.0
6. Christy Mathewson .836 101.2
7. Herb Pennock .849 55.1
8. Sherry Smith .857 30.1
9. Eddie Plank .878 54.2
9. Tim Lincecum .878 54.2
HITS PER 9 INNINGS
1. Bruce Kison 4.706 36.1
2. Monte Pearson 4.794 35.2
3. Blue Moon Odom 4.992 39.2
4. Sherry Smith 5.044 30.1
5. Randy Myers 5.283 30.2
6. Roy Halladay 5.447 38.0
7. Mariano Rivera 5.489 141.0
8. Babe Ruth 5.516 31.0
9. Tim Lincecum 5.598 54.2
10. George Earnshaw 5.601 62.2
BB PER 9 INNINGS
1. Mark Buehrle .293 30.2
2. Schoolboy Rowe .391 46.0
3. Deacon Phillippe .720 50.0
4. Dennis Eckersley .750 36.0
5. Christy Mathewson .885 101.2
6. Lefty Grove 1.052 51.1
7. Cy Young 1.059 34.0
8. Cliff Lee 1.098 82.0
9. Carl Pavano 1.113 32.1
10. Ralph Terry 1.174 46.0
K PER 9 INNINGS
1. Brad Lidge 12.309 45.1
2. Sterling Hitchcock 12.033 30.2
3. Francisco Rodriguez 12.027 36.2
4. Adam Wainwright 11.571 32.2
5. Ryan Madson 11.412 32.1
6. Max Scherzer 10.909 33.0
7. Armando Benitez 10.681 30.1
8. Tim Lincecum 10.372 54.2
9. Mark Wohlers 10.330 38.1
10. Jeff Nelson 10.270 54.1

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