In modern baseball, an ERA under 2.00 is considered exceptional and is rare. An ERA between 2.00 and 3.00 is also considered excellent and is only achieved by the best pitchers in the league. An ERA between 3.00 and 4.00 is above-average.
In baseball, a 4.5 ERA falls into the average range for Major League pitchers, which is an ERA between 4.00 and 5.00.
It is determined by dividing the number of earned runs allowed by the number of innings pitched and multiplying by nine. Thus, a lower ERA is better.
WHIP reflects a pitcher’s propensity for allowing batters to reach base, therefore a lower WHIP indicates better performance. While earned run average (ERA) measures the runs a pitcher gives up, WHIP more directly measures a pitcher’s effectiveness against batters.
J. VerlanderHOUMLB Stat Leaders 2022
|EARNED RUN AVERAGE||ERA|
|1 J. VerlanderHOU||1.82|
|2 D. CeaseCHW||2.06|
|3 J. UriasLAD||2.25|
|4 A. ManoahTOR||2.31|
If a pitcher has an ERA of 4.00 or below, or even better, an ERA score of 2.00 or below, this means that the pitcher’s performance is stronger. The lower the ERA score the better, and the lower the ERA score, the stronger the pitcher’s performance is.
Earned Run Average
| colspan=“3”>Earned Run Average All Time Leaders | ‘Top 1,000’ | | — | | Name | ERA (Raw ERA) | Rank | | Ed Walsh | 1.82 (1.816) | 1 | | Addie Joss | 1.89 (1.887) | 2 | | Jim Devlin | 1.89 (1.890) | 3 |
The levels of MiLB are as follows, starting with the highest level and working down to the lowest: AAA or triple A is the highest MiLB level, and where players are most likely to be called up to the parent Major League team. AA or double A. Class A advanced or “High A”
Here are the 15 times a pitcher in his age-36 season or older won an AL or NL ERA title, starting with the oldest.- Roger Clemens, 2005 Astros (age 42)
Ted Lyons, 1942 White Sox (age 41)
Warren Spahn, 1961 Milwaukee Braves (age 40)
Nolan Ryan, 1987 Astros (age 40)
Dazzy Vance, 1930 Brooklyn Robins (age 39)
Most Seasons Played
Outfielder Ty Cobb, whose career ended in 1928, has the highest batting average in Major League Baseball (MLB) history. He batted . 366 over 24 seasons, mostly with the Detroit Tigers.
Completely unofficial and no record books have ever been kept. The following pitchers had no problem with their pitch count, at least for one inning, as they started the inning, threw exactly three pitches and recorded three outs.
These 10 baseball records (and some related ones) will never be broken.- Most wins, lifetime, Cy Young, 511.
Most triples, lifetime, Sam Crawford, 309.
Highest batting average, lifetime, Ty Cobb, .366.
Most consecutive games played, Cal Ripken, 2632 games.
Highest batting average, season, Rogers Hornsby, .424 in 1924.
Infinity ERA, also known as infinite ERA, is when a pitcher allows one or more earned runs without recording a single out. ERA is calculated by dividing earned runs by innings pitched and multiplying by 9, but if no outs are recorded then you would be dividing by 0, which equates to infinity.
This seems to meet the definition of “illegal pitch” in the MLB rulebook, which reads, “An ILLEGAL PITCH is (1) a pitch delivered to the batter when the pitcher does not have his pivot foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate; (2) a quick return pitch. An illegal pitch when runners are on base is a balk.”
Aroldis Chapman’s fastball is widely regarded as the fastest pitch in MLB today. In fact, even after more than 575 career innings and countless pitches hitting 100-plus mph, he also holds the title this season.
ERA is the most commonly accepted statistical tool for evaluating pitchers. The formula for finding ERA is: 9 x earned runs / innings pitched. If a pitcher exits a game with runners on base, any earned runs scored by those runners will count against him. ERA should be an ideal evaluation of pitchers.
205Career Leaders & Records for Adjusted ERA+
|Rank||Player (yrs, age)||Adjusted ERA+|
|1.||Mariano Rivera+ (19)||205|
|2.||Bill Foster+ (14)||164|
|3.||Bullet Rogan+ (13)||161|
|4.||Jacob deGrom (9, 34)||157|
However, there is a key difference: A passed ball is deemed to be the catcher’s fault, while a wild pitch is deemed to be the fault of the pitcher. A passed ball is not recorded as an error, but when a run scores as the result of a passed ball, it does not count as an earned run against a pitcher.
Below is the list of the top 100 Major League Baseball pitchers in Walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) with at least 1,000 innings pitched. Addie Joss is the all-time leader with a career WHIP of 0.9678.