1. Bob Gibson’s 251 Wins
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The 251 wins Gibson piled up in his 17 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals is becoming more unbeatable every year for a couple of reasons. One, because the righthander was simply great, collecting 20 or more victories in five of those seasons. And two, the nature of pitching has changed dramatically since Gibby retired in 1975. Actually, it was already changing even then.
Starting pitchers simply don’t last as long in games now, averaging around six innings a start. That’s perilously
close to the five innings required to simply qualify for the win. Michael Wacha led the St. Louis Cardinals with 17 victories in 2015, but fans can expect to see records more in line with John Lackey’s 13-10 and Lance Lynn’s 12-11. Records where the losses are about equal to wins because the game changes after the starters come out of the game.
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