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Major League Baseball's Top Pitching Duos

Blake VandeBunteContributor IJune 7, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 24:  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 24, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Every once in a while, I’ll get a really good idea for a post from a comment made by a reader. This is one of those posts. In last night’s game summary, loyal reader and commenter (thanks!) JAYRC said that Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson might be the best pitching duo in all of baseball. That made me want to look into things.

The season is still young, so it certainly doesn’t mean that all of these trends will continue, but there are some very good pitching duos in the game right now. Numbers do tend to fall off as the season progresses, so this might be something I can go and look at in November as well.

Anyway, I was going to check all of baseball, but I hit a few snags. It took me a lot of time to do just the American League. I spent an hour doing just the AL.

Second, it’s not really fair to compare AL pitching stats to NL pitching stats since NL pitchers do get to pitch against pitchers and generally weaker lineups. So, what I have here is the seven best pitching duos in the American League.

I’ve done the math and the presenting, you can draw your conclusions. Enjoy.

TeamDuoRecordERAWHIPK/9SO/BBIP
        
YankeesSabathia5-33.561.126.42.2686

Chamberlain3-13.711.448.61.8953.1

TOTAL8-43.611.247.232.07139.1

Rank7tht-6th6th5th7th6th
RaysShields5-43.411.286.63.0182

Garza4-43.671.128.12.3673.2

TOTAL9-83.521.217.282.62155.2

Rankt-5th5tht-4th4th5th2nd
TigersJackson6-32.160.986.73.2683.1

Verlander6-23.261.1311.34.0477.1

TOTAL12-52.681.058.913.69160.2

Rank2nd2nd1st2nd1st1st
TwinsBlackburn5-23.311.3241.6276.1

Slowey8-13.971.356.5768

TOTAL13-33.611.335.12.96144.1

Rank1stt-6th7th7th4th5th
RoyalsGreinke8-21.550.969.4787

Meche2-54.081.476.61.8568.1

TOTAL10-72.661.198.163.52155.1

Rank4th1st3rd3rd2nd3rd
AngelsWeaver5-22.261.017.53.1575.2

Saunders6-43.771.224.61.9571.2

TOTAL11-62.991.116.112.5147.1

Rank3rd4th2nd6th6th4th
MarinersHernandez5-33.221.279.13.4378.1
 Bedard4-22.371.1293.3960.2
 TOTAL9-62.851.219.063.41139
 Rankt-5th3rdt-4th1st3rd7th
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