In light of recent discussions of Roy Halladay, here are the best 4-year bWAR totals by pitchers in the past 30 years. The top 15 marks all belong to Clemens, Maddux, Johnson or Pedro (with an even spacing among the top 12); you’ll find Halladay’s 27.7 WAR at #18:
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It’s been mentioned that Halladay has 4 straight years with ERA+ of 150 or better. Putting it in WAR terms, he has 4 straight years of 6+ WAR; only 4 other pitchers have done that since 1982:
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Maddux had 7 straight years at the 6-WAR level; no one else in this span had more than 4 straight.
Finally, here are the pitchers with the most 5-WAR seasons since 1982:
(Note the threshold change from the prior table – this is 5-WAR seasons)
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