One of the goals for most starting pitchers in the majors is to have the kind of season that nets them 20 wins (or more). That 20-win mark seems to be an important milestone each season that notes this pitcher had a “great year.”
Last season saw two pitchers fell one win short of this 20-win mark: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright won 19 games in a season for the second time in his career. He has, however, won 20 games in a season, winning 20 in 2010. Washington’s Jordan Zimmerman also won 19 in 2013; he has yet to win 20 in a season.
There have been 192 pitchers who have won 20 or more games in a season. Wainwright last season became the 29th pitcher in history to win 19 in a season two or more times.
Greg Maddux, who will be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame this summer, leads MLB pitchers with the most 19-win seasons, five. Here are the four pitchers who have won 19 in a season on three or more occasions.
Most 19-win seasons
5: Greg Maddux
4: Jim Bunning
3: C.C. Sabathia, Randy Johnson
Of the four pitchers listed above, all won at least 20 games in one season. Johnson had three 20-win seasons, Maddux had two, and Bunning and Sabathia each was a 20-game winner in one season.
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