Just over a month into the 2013 regular season, 11 starting pitchers sit with an ERA below 2.00.
While a starting pitcher finishing the season with an ERA under 2.00 isn't as rare a feat as a batter hitting .400 for an entire year, it's not a common occurrence. In the 72 years since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941, only 21 pitchers have finished a season with a sub-2.00 ERA, accomplishing the feat 28 times.
That's a pretty exclusive club.
Over the past decade, only one pitcher, Roger Clemens, has manged to pull it off, pitching to a 1.87 ERA for the Houston Astros in 2005. You have to go back 13 years to find the last time it happened in the AL, when Pedro Martinez pitched to a 1.74 ERA with Boston back in 2000.
What are the chances that one of the 11 starters off to scintillating starts in 2013 will become the third starting pitcher to pull off the feat this century?
Let's take a look.