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Best Postseason Starting Pitchers In MLB History

Honorable Mentions: 

Waite Hoyt: 12 G (11 GS), 6-4, 1.83 ERA, 83.2 IP, 49 K’s

Hoyt was a machine in the 1921 World Series for the New York Yankees. Over three games against New York Giants, the future Hall Of Famer (inducted in 1969) tossed 27 innings of scoreless innings and played a significant role for the Yankees’ team that won consecutive titles in 1927-28.


Andy Pettitte: 44 G (44 GS) 19-11, 3.81 ERA, 276.2, 183 K’s

Shocked Pettitte didn’t crack our list? Don’t be. Sure, his notable 19 postseason wins are the most in history, but his categorization of a “big time” playoff performer is influenced by 44 starts (easily the most). The southpaw does have memorable outings — like Game 5 of the 1996 World Series in which he outdueled John Smoltz — but in 10 out of the 32 series he performed in, his ERA was over 5.00 and most remember his choke in Game 5 of the 2000 AL Division Series more than his “dominance.”


Other notables: Tom Glavine (14-16, 3.30 ERA), Red Ruffing (7-2, 2.63), Jim Palmer (8-3, 2.61)