Top Ten Active List: Wins Leaders For Pitchers: Will Anyone Have A Chance To Win 300 Games?
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Furthermore, Colon also holds the active record for Shutouts for throwers at just (13) – which is the same total Bob Gibson put up in one season for the Cards in 1968. A year that concluded with the MLB deciding to lower the mound.
At 218 wins, there is no way Colon will ever achieve 300 wins. It is ultimately too bad he lost the greater part of every year from 2006 – 2009 – only making 47 injury riddled starts. He only managed 14 victories in those said starts.
Mark Buerhle is the active ALL – Time leader for Innings Pitched for the Majors at 3283.1 IP. The problem is that he suggested retirement already – even though he has put up double digit winning years every season since 2001.
For the record, Buerhle also holds the active mark for Losses by a Pitcher at 160.
Sabathia looked he might have had a chance to chase 300 victories a few years ago. At Age 32, he held 205 Wins and plays for the NY Yankees. But injuries and personal problems have caught up to him. He has only mustered 9 victories over the last 2 years.
Sabathia also has battled weight and knee problems recently, so it is looking less that he will ever be higher than a #5 pitcher ever again.
Looking down the list of the top 10 list here, all are north of 30, and most of them will not have much of a chance to challenge even the higher mark of the 200’s in wins.
The lone exception on the list may be Felix Hernandez. At just Age 30 to start the next campaign, Hernandez may have a shot to take a run it – provided he can keep pitching into his early 40’s.
The ‘King’ has already lugged 2262.1 IP in his career, and I am a little doubtful that with that many pitches in his career already that he will challenge 300 Wins.
If Hernandez had played for a better team over the last decade, perhaps he would have 20 – 25 more wins at this point. I think he finishes in the 250 – 270 win range.
Clayton Kershaw has 114 wins through age 27, and will enter his age 28 year in 2016. If he can rack up an average of 18 wins a year like he has the last 5 years, in the next 5 seasons. This could give him around 200 wins heading into his Age 33 year.
Kershaw has he right circumstances in pitching for the Dodgers, and him being a Left Handed Pitcher will give him a chance to throw forever.
I think he is last pitcher to have a chance at the mark.
To show you how hard it is to stay healthy in the Majors only 100 active pitchers have actually registered 50+ wins in their career heading into next season..
|Rank||Player (yrs, age)||Wins||Throws|
|1.||Bartolo Colon (18, 42)||218||R|
|2.||Mark Buehrle (16, 36)||214||L|
|CC Sabathia (15, 34)||214||L|
|4.||John Lackey (13, 36)||165||R|
|5.||Justin Verlander (11, 32)||157||R|
|6.||Freddy Garcia (15, 38)||156||R|
|7.||Kyle Lohse (15, 36)||147||R|
|Jake Peavy (14, 34)||147||R|
|9.||Bronson Arroyo (15, 38)||145||R|
|10.||Felix Hernandez (11, 29)||143||R|
|Cliff Lee (13, 36)||143|
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Posted on November 24, 2015, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged Adam Wainright, bartolo colon, bob gibson, cc sabathia, clayton kershaw, cliff lee, felix hernandez, frank tanana, freddy garcia, jake peavy, jered weaver, john lackey, jon lester, kyle lohse, Mark buerhle, tim hudson. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.