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  • In 1983, La Marr Hoyt of the Chicago White Sox won the AL Cy Young, with a 3.66 ERA, going 24-10. In the NL, the highest is Bob Gibson's 3.12 for St. Louis, enough to win it in 1970, thanks to a 23-7 record. For 20-game winners, the worst is Bobo Newson of the 1938 St. Louis Browns, whose ERA was 5.08 [the team that year went 55-97!] Of course, it helped that he made 40 starts and threw 31 complete games. That makes the record unlikely to be challenged, but if you're looking for something more modern, Rick Helling of the Rangers won 20 games with a 4.41 ERA in 1998 - that's the highest since Newsom. And Mike Mussina came close, winning 19 with a 4.81 ERA for Baltimore in 1996.
  • Here's a list of all the 20 game winner since 1900 that had an ERA of over 4.00: ------------- YEAR ERA W 1 Bobo Newsom 1938 5.07 20 2 Ray Kremer 1930 5.02 20 3 Vern Kennedy 1936 4.63 21 4 George Earnshaw 1930 4.44 22 5 Rick Helling 1998 4.41 20 6 Lefty Gomez 1932 4.21 24 7 Wes Ferrell 1936 4.19 20 8 Tim Hudson 2000 4.14 20 9 David Wells 2000 4.11 20 T10 Jim Merritt 1970 4.08 20 T10 Montie Weaver 1932 4.08 22 12 George Uhle 1922 4.08 22 13 Lew Burdette 1959 4.07 21 14 Billy Hoeft 1956 4.06 20 15 Jack Morris 1992 4.04 21 16 Andy Pettitte 2003 4.02 21 17 Murry Dickson 1951 4.02 20

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