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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Top 10 Starting Pitchers of the 1990s

Top 10 Starting Pitchers of the 1990s

Top 10 Starting Pitchers of the 1990s!
Publish Date: 07/05/2023
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

10) Kevin Appier

From 1990–93, Appier had an ERA under 3. Then, he was a solid pitcher for the rest of the decade, but never as good as he was the first half of the decade.

Video: KC@CAL: Appier completes shutout, picks up 14th win

KC@CAL: Appier completes shutout, picks up 14th win

9) Mike Mussina

Mussina was an effective pitcher for the entire decade, Compiling a 136-66 record in 254 games starts from 1991–99. His best year came in 1992 when he threw 4 shutouts and 8 complete games in 32 starts.

Video: Legend Series: Mike Mussina Highlights

Legend Series: Mike Mussina Highlights

8) John Smoltz

Smoltz is one of three Braves pitchers from the 90s on this list. He broke teammate Greg Maddux’s consecutive Cy Young streak in 1996.

Video: John Smoltz career highlights

John Smoltz career highlights

7) David Cone

Cone’s finest season was in 1994 when he won the Cy Young award as a Kansas City Royal during a strike-shortened season. For the decade of the 90s, Cone compiled a 3.21 ERA.

Video: David Cone Ultimate Career Highlights

David Cone Ultimate Career Highlights

6) Kevin Brown

Brown was dominant over the last 5 years of the 1990s. Brown led the league in ERA in ’96 at 1.89, coming in second in the NL Cy Young race. Maybe his most significant season was 1997 when he helped lead the Marlins to a World Series win over the Cleveland Indians.

Video: 1998 NLCS Gm2: Kevin Brown shuts out Braves

1998 NLCS Gm2: Kevin Brown shuts out Braves

5) Pedro Martinez

Martinez was dominant at the end of the 1990s, and he was the best in the game from1997 to –99. After winning his first Cy Young award and posting a 1.90 ERA in ’97 with the Montreal Expos, the team dealt him for some stupid reason to the Boston Red Sox for Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. He went on to win the Cy Young again in 1998, finished second in 1999. In 1999 he helped lead the Red Sox to the playoffs.

Video: Pedro fans 17 Yanks in a one-hit victory

Pedro fans 17 Yanks in a one-hit victory

4) Tom Glavine

Glavine, for the decade, compiled an ERA of 3.21 and helped the Braves won a World Series in addition n 1995. In addition, Glavine, during the decade, led the National League in wins 4 times. Glavine also won two Cy Young awards.

Video: 95 WS Gm6: Glavine tosses eight scoreless in clincher

95 WS Gm6: Glavine tosses eight scoreless in clincher

3) Randy Johnson

Johnson’s best year during the decade came in 1995, the first year he won a Cy Young award, in which he led the league in both eras (2.48). Johnson helped the Mariners make it all the way to the ALCS. Johnson won a second Cy Young in 1999 pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks. For the decade, Johnson had an ERA of 3.14.

Video: Randy Johnson's Greatest Moments

Randy Johnson’s Greatest Moments

2) Roger Clemens

Clemens won 3 Cy Young awards in the 1990s and pitched for three teams: the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Yankees. For the decade, his ERA was 3.01, with his best season coming in 1990 as he led the Red Sox to the ALCS with a season ERA of 1.93.

Video: Roger Clemens Career Highlights

Roger Clemens Career Highlights

1) Greg Maddux

Maddux has to be number one as he won 4 consecutive Cy Young awards between 1992-95. He helped lead Atlanta to a World Championship in 1995. Maddux pitched 24 innings in the 1995 NLCS and World Series and allowed just 5 earned runs.

Video: 8 Minutes of Greg Maddux Being a Human Highlight Reel

8 Minutes of Greg Maddux Being a Human Highlight Reel

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