​​​​​​​​​​LEFTHANDED BASEBALL

The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

Among the leaders in Earned Run Average, 14 of the top 50 are lefthanded.  Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays had the 2nd best ERA with 1.89.  He was followed by Kyle Freeland of the Colorado Rockies at 2.85, Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks at 3.15, Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs at 3.32, Derek Holland of the San Francisco Giants at 3.57, David Price of the Boston Red Sox at 3.58, J.A. Happ of the New York Yankees at 3.65, Wade LeBlanc of the Seattle Mariners at 3.72, Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros at 3.74, Sean Newcomb of the Atlanta Braves at 3.90, Jose Quintana of the Cubs at 4.03, Andrew Heaney of the Los Angeles Angels at 4.15, Gio Gonzalez of the Milwaukee Brewers at 4.21, Matt Boyd of the Detroit Tigers at 4.39.

Among the leaders in Games Won, 16 of the top 50 are lefthanded.  Blake Snell of the Rays lead the league with 21 wins.  He was followed by Jon Lester of the Cubs with 18, Kyle Freeland of the Rockies and Jay Happ of the Yankees with 17, David Price of the Red Sox and Ryan Yarbrough of the Rays with 16, Jose Quintana of the Cubs and Eduardo Rodriguez of the Red Sox with 13, Dallas Keuchel of the Astros, Sean Manaea of the Oakland A's, Mike Minor of the Texas Rangers, and Sean Newcomb of the Braves with 12, Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks, Rich Hill of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and James Paxton of the Mariners with 11.

Among Leaders in Strikeouts, 14 of the top 50 are lefthanded.  Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks had the 5th most strikeouts with 246.  He was followed by Chris Sale of the Red Sox with 237, Blake Snell of the Rays with 221, James Paxton of the Mariners with 208, J.A. Happ of the Yankees with 193, Cole Hamels of the Cubs with 188, Andrew Heaney of the Angels with 180, David Price of the Red Sox with 177, Kyle Freeland of the Rockies with 173, Robbie Ray of the Diamondbacks with 165, Tyler Anderson of the Rockies with 164, Sean Newcomb of the Braves with 160, and Matt Boyd of the Tigers with 159.

Among the leaders in Games Started, 13 of the top 50 are lefthanded.  Dallas Keuchel of the Astros had the 2nd most starts with 34.  He was followed by Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks and Kyle Freeland of the Rockies with 33, and Tyler Anderson of the Rockies, Gio Gonzalez of the Brewers, Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and Jose Quintana of the Cubs with 32, Matt Boyd of the Tigers, J.A. Happ of the Yankees and Blake Snell of the Rays with 31, and Andrew Heaney of the Angels and Derek Holland of the Giants with 30.

Among the leaders in Innings Pitched, 13 of the top 50 are lefthanded.  Dallas Keuchel of the Astros had the 7th most innings pitched with 204.  He was followed by Kyle Freeland of the Rockies with 202, Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks with 200, Cole Hamels of the Cubs with 190, and Jon Lester of the Cubs with 181, Blake Snell of the Rays and Andrew Heaney of the Angels with 180, J.A. Happ of the Yankees with 177, Tyler Anderson of the Rockies and David Price of the Red Sox with 176, Jose Quintana of the Cubs with 174, Derek Holland of the Giants and Gio Gonzalez of the Brewers with 171, and Matt Boyd of the Tigers with 170.

Among the four players previously identified as the current best lefthanded pitchers...

Clayton Kershaw  had another great season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, finishing with
18 wins, 4 losses, 202 strikeouts, and a 2.31 earned run average in 27 starts and 175 innings pitched

​David Price was injured for part of the season with the Boston Red Sox, finishing with
6 wins, 3 losses, 76 strikeouts and a 3.38 earned run average in 11 starts and 74 innings pitched

Madison Bumgarner was injured for part of the season with the San Francisco Giants, finishing with
4 wins, 9 losses, 101 strikeouts and a 3.32 earned run average in 17 starts and 111 innings pitched

Chris Sale had another great season after being traded to the Boston Red Sox, finishing with
17 wins, 8 losses, 308 strikeouts and a 2.90 earned run average in 32 starts and 214 innings pitched

2018 Starting Pitchers