Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan was a good pitcher, but he’s definitely overrated by the average baseball. One of those reasons why he’s overrated is because of his strikeout numbers and the seven no hitters he got through out his career. I personally don’t rank him in my top 20 best pitcher of all time. He did finish his career with 324 wins but he also finished with 292 loses, which is a lot. His ERA was average nothing outstanding. Also when you discuss greatest pitchers of all time, there’s always one season that really stick out for the top five pitchers, personally you don’t even see that with Nolan. Where do you rank Nolan? What are your thoughts on him? Do you think he’s overrated. What I found out was – Nolan Ryan was one of the most dominating pitchers to ever stand on the mound. He had an effectively wild fastball that consistently broke 100 MPH and a curveball that started at the batters head and broke across the strikezone. His won-loss record is not as good as others, but he pitched for only expansion teams (Mets-Angels-Astros-Rangers) and never had much offensive help. That did not help his won-loss record. One of his peers was Jim “Catfish” Hunter. Both broke in at age 19 in the 1966 season. Hunter ended up with exactly 100 fewer wins but a higher winning percentage (. 574 vs . 526). His strikeout to walk ratio was slightly better than Ryan’s (2. 1 vs 2. 04) but his ERA was slightly worse (3. 24 vs Ryan’s 3. 19) One big difference is the hits allowed per inning pitched. Ryan gave up only . 72 hits per inning and Hunter was . 86 per inning pitched. Of course Nolan Ryan took care of many more outs himself which was important because his supporting cast was consistently much weaker than Hunter’s teammates. Ryan struck out 1. 06 batters per inning pitched. Hunter struck out only 0. 58 batters per inning pitched. When you look at all of the statistics of two hall of fame pitchers that broke in the same year at the same age you can see that the won-loss record and percentage is only one key to look at. So to answer your question, Nolan Ryan is one of the all-time best pitchers and he is not overrated.

Toronto Blue Jays 0 at Texas Rangers 3, F — When baseball’s King of Ks, Nolan Ryan, struck out Roberto Alomar for his 16th strikeout of the game, it marked . . .