Last week, Bleacher Report called the 10 best hitters of the 2010s, with Mike Trout binding out Miguel Cabrera for the No. 1 atom on that list.
Now we about-face our absorption to the casting ancillary of things.
The ambition was to analyze the 10 best pitchers of the accomplished decade, and accomplishing that appropriate a mix of considerately digesting stats and abandoned belief resumes with altered levels of breadth and achievement.
On the abutting slide, you’ll acquisition a quick briefing of the alignment abaft absorption the acreage of candidates and a scattering of atonement mentions afore we dive into the top 10.
Let’s get to it.
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The aboriginal footfall was to attenuated the acreage to able players. We did that by aboriginal eliminating anyone who did not angle at atomic 1,000 innings during the 2010s, which meant no abatement pitchers were advised for inclusion.
That narrowed the annual of candidates to 89 players.
The abutting footfall was to carve that bottomward to abandoned the absolutely above-average pitchers, so any players with an ERA lower than 110 were bumped, which conspicuously abandoned R.A. Dickey (109), Julio Teheran (109), Jered Weaver (107), Anibal Sanchez (104) and James Shields (99).
That narrowed the actual acreage to 32 players.
From there, a added abstract access was taken to baddest the 10 players who would accomplish the final list, with abounding statistical anatomy of work, accent to aggregation success, postseason resume and bendability of achievement all taken into account.
Here are the 22 who didn’t accomplish the cut for our top 10, listed alphabetically:
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Stephen Strasburg almost belted out Felix Hernandez, Cole Hamels and David Price for the No. 10 atom on this list.
Here’s a attending at how those four pitchers ample up statistically during the 2010s:
The No. 1 all-embracing aces in the 2009 draft, Strasburg fabricated his MLB admission the afterward division as one of the best absorbed casting affairs in contempo memory.
Tommy John anaplasty bound him to aloof 17 starts over his aboriginal two seasons, and he’s battled assorted injuries throughout his career. But aback healthy, he’s been one of baseball’s best cutting pitchers.
His 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings rank third amid alive starters, abaft abandoned Yu Darvish (11.1 K/9) and Chris Sale (11.1 K/9), and he has accomplished in the top 10 of the Cy Young Award voting three altered times.
His achievement during the 2019 postseason closed his abode on this list. Over 36.1 innings, he went 5-0 and acquaint a 1.98 ERA, including affection starts in Games 2 and 6 of the Fall Classic to affirmation World Series MVP honors.
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After acceptable American Alliance Cy Young ceremoniousness with the Kansas City Royals in 2009, Zack Greinke began the decade with a 4.17 ERA (100 ERA ) in 220 innings during the 2010 season.
From there, he spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks afore abutting the Houston Astros in a barter aftermost summer.
He was allotment of three blockbuster trades during that span, aboriginal activity to the Brewers in a accord that beatific Lorenzo Cain, Jake Odorizzi and Alcides Escobar to the Royals, afresh affective from the Brewers to the Angels for a three-player amalgamation accent by Jean Segura. Finally, he was beatific to the Astros in barter for four affairs this July.
In 1,984 innings during the decade, he acquaint a 3.18 ERA (128 ERA ), 1.11 WHIP and 8.5 K/9, topping the 200-inning mark seven times.
He ailing in 2015 aback he led the National Alliance in ERA (1.66), ERA (222) and WHIP (0.84) to accomplishment additional to Jake Arrieta in NL Cy Young voting. That was one of four times he absurd the top 10 in the balloting, and he additionally becoming an All-Star nod bristles times.
With 44.0 WAR, he ranked sixth amid all pitchers for the decade.
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Back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards to abutting out the decade are abundant to acreage Jacob deGrom in the No. 8 atom admitting the actuality that he did not accomplish his MLB admission until the 2014 division aback he won NL Amateur of the Year honors.
After four able seasons to activate his big alliance career, he took his bold to addition akin in 2018. He led the majors with a 1.70 ERA in 217 innings, and his 221 ERA indicates that he was 121 percent bigger than the boilerplate pitcher, which was acceptable for the 18th-highest mark in MLB history.
That was followed by addition agitating division in 2019 as he accomplished additional in the NL in ERA (2.43), additional in WHIP (0.97) and aboriginal in strikeouts (255) to defended 29 of 30 first-place votes in the NL Cy Young acclamation for the additional time in a row.
Those two seasons abandoned accept been account 16.9 WAR, and his 32.7 WAR during the 2010s ranks ninth amid all pitchers admitting his backward alpha to the decade.
He’s appeared in aloof one postseason, but he played a above role in the New York Mets extensive the World Series in 2015. During three starts in the NLDS and NLCS, he becoming a 1.80 ERA with 27 strikeouts over 20 innings.
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Some pitchers accept bigger all-embracing carbon curve than Jon Lester for the decade, but few avowal a postseason clue almanac as absorbing as the one he aggregate while casting for a brace of World Series winners.
Over a whopping 112 postseason innings during the 2010s, he acquaint a 2.49 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with seven wins in 16 starts. As the ace of two altered staffs, he was the Bold 1 amateur in the World Series for both the 2013 Boston Red Sox and the 2016 Chicago Cubs.
That’s not to say he wasn’t additionally accomplished during the approved season.
The crammer left-hander fabricated at atomic 31 starts during anniversary division of the decade, announcement a 3.54 ERA (118 ERA ) and 1.24 WHIP in 1,979.2 innings for 31.2 WAR.
He was a five-time All-Star, and he appeared in the top 10 in Cy Young voting four altered times. His best accomplishment came in 2016 aback his 2.44 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 197 strikeouts in 202.2 innings fabricated him the runner-up to Max Scherzer.
The six-year, $155 actor arrangement he active with the Cubs above-mentioned to the 2015 division apparent a axis point for that franchise, and his time with the North Siders caked his abode as one of the top pitchers of the decade.
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A late-bloomer who did not become a full-time affiliate of the Cleveland Indians starting circling until his age-27 division in 2013, Corey Kluber bound emerged as a bona fide ace.
The afterward year, he won his aboriginal AL Cy Young Award with a 2.44 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 269 strikeouts in a career-high 235.2 innings, binding out Felix Hernandez in the balloting.
During the five-year amount afterward that blemish season, he went 83-45 with a 2.85 ERA (151 ERA ), 1.02 WHIP, 10.1 K/9 and 32.4 WAR. He added a additional Cy Young to his bays case in 2017 while finishing third in the voting two added times.
He may not accept 10 abounding seasons of ace-level assembly beneath his belt like some of the added guys advanced of him on this list, but his aiguille is aerial abundant to acquire him a abode amid the best of the 2010s.
His achievement during the 2016 postseason additionally deserves a mention.
In 34.1 innings, he had a 1.83 ERA and 1.05 WHIP, and he was consistently asked to angle on abbreviate blow as the ace of a banged-up Indians staff, allowance the aggregation abduction the AL banderole for aloof the sixth time in authorization history.
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Just two months afterwards he went No. 13 all-embracing in the 2010 draft, Chris Sale abutting the Chicago White Sox roster, announcement a 1.93 ERA and 12.3 K/9 with four saves in 21 appearances out of the bullpen.
He formed alone in abatement already afresh the afterward division afore abutting the circling in 2012, and it accepted to be a bland alteration to the role of agents ace. In bristles seasons as a affiliate of the White Sox rotation, he acquaint a 3.04 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 1,133 strikeouts over 1,015.2 innings, finishing in the top six in AL Cy Young voting anniversary season.
Prior to the 2017 season, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox during winter affairs in a blockbuster accord that netted the White Sox top affairs Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech as allotment of a four-player acknowledgment package.
He was account 12.8 WAR during his aboriginal two seasons with the Red Sox, cutting up a career-high 308 strikeouts in 2017 afore arch the aggregation to a World Series appellation in 2018.
While he stumbled to a 4.40 ERA in 147.1 innings this accomplished season, he still accomplished the decade with a 3.03 ERA and 1.04 WHIP, and his 30.7 percent strikeout amount led all pitchers who threw at atomic 1,000 innings during the 2010s.
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Madison Bumgarner was a 21-year-old amateur with aloof 133.2 MLB innings beneath his belt aback he took the brawl in Bold 4 of the 2010 World Series and tossed eight annihilation innings of three-hit brawl adjoin a ample Texas Rangers lineup.
That would prove to be aloof the alpha for one of the greatest postseason pitchers in MLB history. In 102.1 career postseason innings, Bumgarner has a 2.11 ERA and 0.90 WHIP with three complete-game shutouts to his credit.
His run during the 2014 postseason, aback he acquaint a 1.03 ERA in 52.2 innings, ability be the greatest October anytime by a pitcher. It began with a four-hit annihilation in the NL Wild Card Bold and concluded with a five-inning save on two days’ blow to attach bottomward the achievement in Bold 7 of the World Series.
During the approved season, he topped 200 innings seven altered times during the decade, logging a 3.14 ERA (120 ERA ) and 1.11 WHIP in 1,836 innings. He accomplished in the top 10 in NL Cy Young voting four altered times and was a four-time All-Star, as well.
Based absolutely on regular-season numbers, he apparently belongs added bottomward this list. But the allegorical October clue almanac is abundant to bang him up a few spots.
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Already an accustomed ace aback the decade began, Justin Verlander has not absent a exhausted in 10 years, claiming AL Cy Young ceremoniousness for his age-36 division in 2019.
That was the additional Cy Young win of his career, and the aboriginal came in 2011 aback he led the AL in wins (24), ERA (2.40), ERA (172), WHIP (0.92), strikeouts (250) and innings pitched (251) to become the ninth abode in MLB history to win MVP honors.
A six-time All-Star who accomplished as the Cy Young runner-up three times, Verlander has continued been one of baseball’s aristocratic pitchers abreast from a middling 2014 division (206 IP, 4.54 ERA) and an injury-shortened 2015 attack (20 GS, 133.1 IP).
His 56.2 WAR for the decade ranked additional to Clayton Kershaw (59.3), and he topped 6.0 WAR bristles altered times, including 8.6 and 8.1 WAR in the additional and third seasons of the decade, respectively.
Despite his 0-6 almanac in the World Series, Verlander has additionally abundantly pitched able-bodied in a huge postseason sample size, logging a 3.09 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 9.9 K/9 in 166 innings.
Among his abounding absorbing accomplishments, his 0.80 WHIP in 2019 is the fifth-lowest mark in MLB history, abaft abandoned Pedro Martinez (0.74 in 2000), Guy Hecker (0.77 in 1882), Walter Johnson (0.78 in 1913) and Tim Keefe (0.80 in 1880).
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One of aloof six pitchers to win a Cy Young Award in both leagues, Max Scherzer won AL Cy Young with the Detroit Tigers in 2013 and claimed NL Cy Young in back-to-back seasons with the Washington Nationals in 2016 and 2017.
Dating aback to his blemish 2013 campaign, Scherzer has gone 118-47 with a 2.82 ERA (149 ERA ), 0.98 WHIP and 11.3 K/9, finishing in the top bristles in Cy Young voting anniversary year.
With a bi-weekly mentality and a athletic 6’3″, 215-pound frame, Scherzer was a crammer throughout the decade, logging at atomic 170 innings anniversary year while arch the alliance in strikeouts three times and WHIP four times.
He’s additionally been rock-solid during the postseason, casting to a 3.38 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 112 innings, including a 2.40 ERA and .193 opponents’ batting boilerplate in six appearances this October to advice advance the Nationals to a title.
The seven-year, $191.4 actor arrangement he active with the Nationals above-mentioned to the 2015 division has a adventitious to go bottomward as one of the best free-agent signings in MLB history, and he almost edges out Verlander for the No. 2 atom on this list.
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In the end, the No. 1 atom was an accessible choice.
During the 2010s, Clayton Kershaw led all pitchers who threw at atomic 1,000 innings in WAR (59.3), ERA (2.31), ERA (164) and WHIP (0.96).
The four-year amount from 2011 to 2014 saw him win three NL Cy Young Awards while arch the alliance in ERA and WHIP all four seasons. All told, he was 72-26 with a 2.11 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 9.5 K/9 while averaging 224 innings per year during that stretch.
There are absolutely some holes in his resume, though.
Injuries accept slowed him bottomward a bit in contempo seasons, attached him to an boilerplate of 26 starts and 166 innings over the accomplished four years. He has additionally stumbled time and afresh in the postseason, tallying a 9-10 almanac and a 4.28 ERA over 143 innings.
Still, he spent abundant time as the absolute best abode in baseball to be the accessible best for the No. 1 atom amid the top pitchers of the 2010s.
All stats address of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless contrarily noted.
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