In 2008, Cole Hamels was the postseason star for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was named Most Valuable Player for both the NLCS and World Series. Hamels went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five postseason starts.
Through the 2008 season, that is Mariano Rivera who has pitched 117 1/3 innings in the postseason to an ERA of 0.77. He has pitched 47 2/3 innings in the ALDS to an ERA of 0.38, 38 2/3 innings in the ALCS to an ERA of 0.93, and 31 innings in the World Series to an ERA of 1.16. All told, he has given up 10 earned runs in postseason play.
Don Gullett, 15-4 with a 2.42 ERA.
Babe Ruth's best record as a pitcher was 23-12 in 1916. He registered a 1.75 ERA during that season.
Through the 2011 season, Mariano Rivera has a career ERA of 2.21. He also has a career postseason ERA of 0.70.
That was Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox at 2.22.
That was Bob Gibson, whose 1.12 ERA remains the lowest for any starting pitcher since Dutch Leonard in 1914, and the fourth-lowest of all time, dating back to 1876. In that year Gibson pitched 13 shutouts -- since 1998, no MLB starting pitcher has had 13 complete games!
Through the 2010 season, 3.85 in the regular season and 2.13 in the postseason.
Arguably the best MLB pitcher of all time was Nolan Ryan. While he had thousands of walks, he also had a relatively low ERA and struck out over 5,000 batters.
Mariano Rivera 2.25 ERA 1090.0 Innings pitched (as of 2009) Whitey Ford 2.54 ERA 1112.2 innings pitched
Andy Pettitte has a record of 18 wins, 9 losses and an ERA of 3.90
Ed Walsh with in ERA of 1.82
Spud Chandler had a 1.64 ERA in 1943.
Babe Ruth, pitching for the Boston Red Sox had the best ERA in 1916. It was 1.75. That's a low ERA for people not familiar with the game.
ERA stands for a pitcher's earned run average.
My best research seems to indicate that the Yankees first African-American pitcher seems to be Al Downing, who joined the Yanks as a 20 year old lefthander in the 1961 season appearing in 5 games, starting one and compiling a record of 0-1 with an era of 8.00.
Ublado Jiemenz of the Colorado Rockies achieving an ERA of 0.70 and pitching the first no hitter in the history of the Rockies.
The ERA (Earned Run Average) is calculated by dividing the number of earned runs the pitcher has allowed by his innings pitched, then multiplying that result by 9.
Not necessarily. A pitcher could have a decent ERA but give up several hits and walks an inning. An adequate way to evaluate a pitcher would be to look at his WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched), along with ERA
Low ERA is better - Means less Earned runs by a pitcher in Baseball
Through the 2009 season, for starting pitchers that pitched at least 162 innings and qualified for the ERA title, that was Allan Anderson with a 2.45 ERA in 1988.
I think it was Carlos Zambrano with the Cubs in 2001 it was 15.26 ERA
Koufax was primarily a starter, starting 314 of the 397 MLB games he appeared in. In his final 5 seasons when he was absolutely dominant (111-34 record with a 1.95 ERA) he relieved in 5 of the 181 games he appeared in, picking up 4 saves.
Tim Keefe in 1880 had an ERA of 0.860.