Pitcher WAR Rankings

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Our Player Rankings are based on Wins Above Replacement (WAR) and a combination of career, short and long peak performance, prime performance, and performance during championship seasons.

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Our formula that combines career, peak, prime, and championship WAR.

WAR
Career Wins Above Replacement.

WAR7
Top 7 seasons, based on Wins Above Replacement.

WAR5C
Best 5 consecutive seasons by Wins Above Replacement.

WAR3
Top 3 seasons, based on Wins Above Replacement.

CHWAR
Wins Above Replacement in pennant-winning seasons.

RANK PLAYER HOF FROM TO SCORE WAR WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 CHWAR
1 Walter Johnson Y 1907 1927 592.7 165.2 83.1 61.3 40.0 11.9
2 Greg Maddux Y 1986 2008 494.6 106.7 55.5 43.8 27.4 20.0
3 Tom Seaver Y 1967 1986 460.2 110.1 56.7 40.9 28.8 17.9
4 Randy Johnson Y 1988 2009 460.1 101.1 63.3 43.8 30.1 10.0
5 Lefty Grove Y 1925 1941 460.0 106.1 66.5 46.0 30.8 26.6
6 Bob Feller Y 1936 1956 459.4 63.9 51.8 48.5 29.2 3.7
7 Pete Alexander Y 1911 1930 459.2 120.2 67.2 46.2 33.6 17.1
8 Roger Clemens N 1984 2007 453.8 139.6 65.7 41.4 31.9 33.9
9 Pedro Martinez Y 1992 2009 429.4 84.0 59.1 42.8 30.4 5.5
10 Bob Gibson Y 1959 1975 414.1 89.4 55.9 42.5 30.5 19.7
11 Cy Young Y 1890 1911 413.5 168.0 79.7 56.6 38.9 7.1
12 Phil Niekro Y 1964 1987 413.4 96.2 53.6 40.1 26.7 0.0
13 Bert Blyleven Y 1970 1992 410.2 95.0 50.7 35.0 25.0 7.8
14 Warren Spahn Y 1942 1965 401.9 99.9 49.7 34.0 26.2 12.1
15 Steve Carlton Y 1965 1988 398.1 90.5 51.6 31.8 29.2 15.7
16 Robin Roberts Y 1948 1966 385.7 86.0 53.0 42.6 27.1 7.3
17 Christy Mathewson Y 1900 1916 385.3 104.0 63.4 45.2 30.2 36.2
18 Curt Schilling N 1988 2007 384.7 79.6 49.8 36.3 25.4 23.3
19 Mike Mussina Y 1991 2008 376.0 83.0 44.5 28.2 21.9 13.7
20 Fergie Jenkins Y 1965 1983 372.8 84.4 50.1 36.5 25.3 0.0
21 Justin Verlander N 2005 2020 359.9 71.6 48.4 31.0 24.1 24.1
22 Clayton Kershaw N 2008 2020 357.6 68.0 47.7 36.3 23.2 8.9
23 Nolan Ryan Y 1966 1993 347.0 81.8 43.4 27.5 21.8 0.7
24 Roy Halladay Y 1998 2013 345.8 64.3 51.3 34.0 25.3 0.0
25 Zack Greinke N 2004 2020 341.4 71.7 45.2 26.8 25.2 1.3
--- HOF Starting Pitcher --- --- --- 337.7 76.8 47.7 34.9 24.8 13.3
26 Tom Glavine Y 1987 2008 336.9 80.8 36.6 25.2 18.6 25.7
27 David Cone N 1986 2003 334.7 62.4 43.7 30.7 21.0 11.0
28 Max Scherzer N 2008 2020 334.7 60.3 47.0 34.9 22.8 10.0
29 Juan Marichal Y 1960 1975 332.9 63.0 49.8 37.1 27.2 3.5
30 Gaylord Perry Y 1962 1983 327.9 90.4 53.2 37.0 27.5 0.0
31 Sandy Koufax Y 1955 1966 326.8 49.0 48.7 40.7 29.1 31.2
32 Jim Palmer Y 1965 1984 326.2 68.9 47.0 30.7 22.6 19.3
33 Carl Hubbell Y 1928 1943 322.0 68.4 45.6 37.3 25.6 22.4
34 Ed Walsh Y 1904 1917 314.8 66.0 59.9 48.1 32.4 4.7
35 Stan Coveleski Y 1916 1928 314.8 60.3 52.9 40.3 26.5 15.0
36 John Smoltz Y 1988 2009 313.7 69.1 37.3 24.0 18.6 24.9
37 Rube Waddell Y 1897 1910 308.2 58.3 51.2 43.6 29.4 18.8
38 Luis Tiant N 1964 1982 307.0 66.5 44.7 28.2 22.8 2.6
39 CC Sabathia N 2001 2019 305.4 63.0 38.8 30.4 19.5 6.2
40 Johan Santana N 2000 2012 305.1 51.6 44.2 35.6 23.3 0.0
41 Eddie Plank Y 1901 1917 305.1 91.5 48.2 33.3 22.8 24.1
42 Don Drysdale Y 1956 1969 304.5 67.2 42.1 29.9 21.0 17.9
43 Dazzy Vance Y 1915 1935 301.7 60.1 51.2 36.6 28.3 1.0
44 Jim Bunning Y 1955 1971 301.6 59.6 47.9 31.7 24.8 0.0
45 Vic Willis N 1898 1910 296.6 63.7 51.5 34.7 27.7 9.7
46 Hal Newhouser Y 1939 1955 294.9 63.3 50.5 40.9 28.7 12.5
47 Dennis Eckersley Y 1975 1998 291.0 62.4 38.3 27.7 19.9 8.2
48 Joe McGinnity Y 1899 1908 290.7 57.9 51.9 43.6 30.0 12.2
49 Bret Saberhagen N 1984 2001 289.2 59.0 43.1 30.5 25.0 7.3
50 Kevin Brown N 1986 2005 289.1 68.0 46.3 36.7 23.8 15.6
51 Dave Stieb N 1979 1998 286.8 56.7 44.7 35.9 22.6 0.0
52 Wes Ferrell N 1927 1941 286.5 61.2 46.2 30.2 23.3 0.0
53 Ted Lyons Y 1923 1946 283.8 71.5 38.6 23.8 18.6 0.0
54 Red Faber Y 1914 1933 283.4 65.0 41.5 32.4 26.7 2.3
55 Don Sutton Y 1966 1988 281.1 67.0 34.5 22.6 18.3 12.0
56 Orel Hershiser N 1983 2000 280.0 56.3 37.3 28.7 20.6 13.2
57 Kevin Appier N 1989 2004 279.7 54.7 43.3 32.3 23.3 1.8
58 Dwight Gooden N 1984 2000 274.8 53.0 36.1 29.2 22.1 7.0
59 Felix Hernandez N 2005 2019 274.6 50.1 38.6 27.6 19.5 0.0
60 Eddie Cicotte N 1905 1920 274.4 58.7 44.0 32.9 28.2 20.9
61 Wilbur Wood N 1961 1978 274.0 50.3 47.2 39.1 29.9 0.0
62 Mordecai Brown Y 1903 1916 273.2 58.3 40.8 35.7 24.0 25.4
63 Mark Buehrle N 2000 2015 272.7 59.3 35.7 23.5 17.3 4.8
64 Frank Tanana N 1973 1993 272.3 57.6 38.4 30.7 23.2 0.0
65 Ron Guidry N 1975 1988 271.8 48.1 38.0 28.7 21.4 17.5
66 Cole Hamels N 2006 2019 270.4 59.6 36.6 27.7 18.5 6.3
67 Chuck Finley N 1986 2002 267.1 58.1 39.7 25.9 22.0 0.0
68 Tim Hudson N 1999 2015 263.6 58.2 37.5 27.1 20.1 1.5
69 Red Ruffing Y 1924 1947 262.3 68.7 33.8 23.5 18.2 29.0
70 Whitey Ford Y 1950 1967 262.2 56.9 33.3 23.7 17.1 42.4
71 Mickey Lolich N 1963 1979 261.4 48.3 38.6 30.3 21.6 0.9
72 Urban Shocker N 1916 1928 261.2 58.9 42.7 31.4 21.5 7.3
73 Tommy John N 1963 1989 260.7 62.0 34.4 20.9 16.6 11.1
74 Frank Viola N 1982 1996 260.5 47.2 41.3 28.9 22.2 8.1
75 Jimmy Key N 1984 1998 260.2 49.1 36.9 22.0 18.7 6.8
76 Mark Langston N 1984 1999 259.7 50.3 41.7 26.9 22.4 0.0
77 Early Wynn Y 1939 1963 259.1 61.1 35.0 23.9 19.3 8.0
78 Rick Reuschel N 1972 1991 258.6 69.7 43.0 31.1 21.4 4.3
79 Dizzy Dean Y 1930 1947 257.2 45.6 40.7 34.6 22.1 15.2
80 Andy Pettitte N 1995 2013 256.9 60.3 34.9 22.3 20.8 30.6
81 Cliff Lee N 2002 2014 254.3 43.5 40.0 30.1 22.8 2.5
82 Roy Oswalt N 2001 2013 254.0 50.1 38.0 25.5 19.6 5.9
83 Billy Pierce N 1945 1964 253.9 53.2 38.6 26.4 20.3 3.9
84 Mariano Rivera Y 1995 2013 253.1 56.2 28.7 18.4 13.5 29.4
85 Chris Sale N 2010 2019 252.0 45.3 39.6 27.3 19.5 6.9
86 Jerry Koosman N 1967 1985 249.0 53.9 37.9 18.4 19.4 11.7
87 Hippo Vaughn N 1908 1921 248.0 46.4 41.7 33.7 21.9 7.8
88 David Wells N 1987 2007 247.2 53.6 30.8 19.8 14.1 7.2
89 Sam McDowell N 1961 1975 245.8 41.9 42.0 26.7 23.0 0.0
90 Vida Blue N 1969 1986 245.3 45.4 38.7 21.0 22.5 4.8
91 Curt Davis N 1934 1946 244.1 38.6 30.7 30.2 18.7 2.4
92 Larry Jackson N 1955 1968 242.5 52.1 35.1 24.1 18.5 0.0
93 Jacob deGrom N 2014 2020 242.1 34.9 34.9 29.6 22.1 5.2
94 Steve Rogers N 1973 1985 241.2 44.9 37.6 24.2 18.7 0.0
95 Bucky Walters N 1934 1950 240.8 53.3 37.5 25.5 21.2 14.6
96 Dennis Martinez N 1976 1998 240.7 49.0 34.0 22.8 16.2 7.7
97 Fernando Valenzuela N 1980 1997 240.3 42.1 33.2 24.0 16.5 4.8
98 Bobo Newsom N 1929 1953 240.1 47.9 38.4 26.6 21.8 9.7
99 Eddie Rommel N 1920 1932 240.0 49.7 39.2 28.4 18.9 6.4
100 Wilbur Cooper N 1912 1926 239.2 53.7 38.3 27.5 19.3 0.0