Friday, December 13, 2019

Gerrit Cole: highest K% for 300 SO since 1901.

1901-2019: 300 Strike Outs (SO) 38 times, including multiple times by some pitchers:

Ryan 6
Randy Johnson 6
Koufax 3
Schilling 3
Waddell 2
Walter Johnson 2
McDowell 2
Richard 2
Martinez 2

in 2019 Gerrit Cole had the highest K% (SO/BF) of all 38 300 SO seasons. However, for some perspective:

Dazzy Vance 1924 Strike Out King. Friday, December 13, 2019

Dazzy Vance led MLB in Strike Outs (SO) AND K% (SO/BF): 21.5%, 144% higher than #8 in K%. Pitching for the Brooklyn Dodgers Vance had more SO (262) than the next two National League (NL) pitchers combined: teammate Burleigh Grimes 135 + Cincinnati Red Dolf Luque 86 = 221.

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300 SO sorted by K%:

RkPlayerSOK%
YearAgeTmLgGGSCGSHOGFWLW-L%SVIPHRERBBERAFIPBB%ERA+BAbipHRBFAB2B3BIBBHBPSHSFGDPSBCSPOBKWPBAOBPSLGOPSOPS+PitStr
1Gerrit Cole32639.9%201928HOUAL3333000205.8000212.11426659482.502.645.9%185.2762981776230103137115034.186.237.343.5794933622254
2Pedro Martinez31337.5%199927BOSAL3129511234.8520213.11605649372.071.394.4%243.32598357803801936112110006.205.248.288.53635
3Randy Johnson37237.4%200137ARINL3534321216.7780249.21817469712.492.137.1%188.32119994890332218105171915418.203.274.309.5835040762638
4Chris Sale30836.2%201728BOSAL3232100178.6800214.11657369432.902.455.1%157.30324851794343082411102003.208.254.349.6035634282343
5Justin Verlander30035.4%201936HOUAL3434210216.7780223.01376664422.583.275.0%179.219368477962870602793004.172.219.361.5794834482361
6Randy Johnson34734.7%200036ARINL3535830197.7310248.22028973762.642.537.6%181.33523100190045216145152616625.224.288.356.6436340192594
7Max Scherzer30034.6%201833WSNNL3333210187.7200220.21506662512.532.655.9%166.26723866797365412421082014.188.247.332.5805634932406
8Clayton Kershaw30133.8%201527LADNL3333430167.6960232.21636255422.131.994.7%173.283158908392621540879939.194.237.284.5214933922303
9Randy Johnson36433.7%199935ARINL35351220179.6540271.22078675702.482.766.5%184.2943010799932843943144217524.208.266.335.60155
10Randy Johnson32932.5%199834TOTML343410601911.6330244.120310289863.282.908.5%135.32323101490738111452133119327.224.300.344.64471
11Randy Johnson33432.3%200238ARINL3535840245.8280260.01977867712.322.666.9%195.29126103594542511342191915323.208.273.346.6195939882619
12Pedro Martinez30532.2%199725MONNL31311340178.6800241.11586551671.902.397.1%219.26316947860244599116205313.184.250.277.52642
13Curt Schilling31931.6%199730PHINL35357201711.6070254.12089684582.972.625.8%143.30825100993049735881699315.224.271.372.64371
14Curt Schilling31631.1%200235ARINL3635510237.7670259.12189593333.232.403.2%140.30029101797432813521196006.224.251.362.6135737212630
15Nolan Ryan30130.5%198942TEXAL32326201610.6150239.11629685983.202.519.9%124.26217988867282399543660119.187.275.283.55756
16Sandy Koufax38229.5%196529LADNL43412782268.7652335.22169076712.041.935.5%160.238261297120529745133131641011.179.227.280.50752
17Randy Johnson30829.5%199329SEAAL35341031198.7041255.11859792993.243.059.5%135.27622104391337311687162812228.203.290.322.61264
18Sam McDowell32529.1%196522CLEAL423514351711.6074273.017880661322.182.0811.8%161.268911169633007613223492017.185.286.244.53156
19Mike Scott30628.7%198631HOUNL37377501810.6430275.11827368722.222.166.8%161.2501710659764156286114112203.186.242.291.53353
20Nolan Ryan32928.5%197225CALAL393920901916.5430284.016680721572.282.4913.6%128.240141154973253410113174091018.171.291.246.53770
21Nolan Ryan38328.3%197326CALAL413926422116.5681326.02381131041622.872.4912.0%123.283181355117253527772437104015.203.302.303.60578
22Curt Schilling30027.6%199831PHINL353515201514.5170268.223610197613.252.775.6%134.311231089100056636147181050012.236.282.373.65574
23Nolan Ryan32727.3%197629CALAL393921701718.4860284.11931171061833.362.9115.3%99.27513119699033825134124423625.195.322.284.60684
24Nolan Ryan34126.8%197730CALAL373722401916.5430299.0198110922042.773.1216.0%141.27212127210272337922102143197321.193.329.256.58564
25J.R. Richard31326.6%197929HOUNL383819401813.5810292.12209888982.712.218.3%130.2821311751051387531481728101119.209.277.296.57365
26J.R. Richard30326.6%197828HOUNL363616301811.6210275.1192104951413.112.5112.4%106.269121139979338421341434146316.196.298.283.58074
27Nolan Ryan36726.4%197427CALAL424126312216.5790332.22211271072022.892.9814.5%118.259181392116538639124242821309.190.313.279.59276
28Sandy Koufax30625.3%196327LADNL404020110255.8330311.02146865581.881.854.8%159.2411812101135286731319111016.189.230.271.50154
29Sandy Koufax31724.9%196630LADNL41412750279.7500323.02417462771.732.076.0%190.26119127411783854011813135107.205.252.294.54562
30Vida Blue30124.9%197121OAKAL39392480248.7500312.02097363881.822.207.3%183.2421912071103283349323770110.189.251.272.52355
31Sam McDowell30424.2%197027CLEAL393919122012.6250305.0236108991312.923.0710.4%134.270251257110731610784222115017.213.299.320.61974
32Rube Waddell30223.4%190326PHAAL393834412116.5680324.027410988852.441.876.6%125undef31291809undefundefundef
33Rube Waddell34923.3%190427PHAAL464639802519.5680383.030710969911.621.596.1%165undef514961408undefundefundef
34Bob Feller34823.0%194627CLEAL4842361052615.6344371.1277101901532.182.1610.1%151.274111512133134803250161611203.208.291.270.56267
35Steve Carlton31023.0%197227PHINL414130802710.7300346.12578476871.972.016.4%182.25917135112444458199232212528.207.257.291.54860
36Walter Johnson31322.9%191022WSHAL454238832517.5951370.02629256761.361.385.6%183undef1136713021undefundefundef
37Walter Johnson30321.4%191224WSHAL5037347133312.7332369.02598957761.392.035.4%243undef2141316011undefundefundef
38Mickey Lolich30820.0%197130DETAL454529402514.6410376.0336133122922.922.856.0%124.2773615381415498271212221810207.237.285.360.64584