Top 50 Sox Seasons #47: Roger Clemens, 1991

18-10, 2.62/1.047/.223, 271.1 IP, 241 K, 65 BB, 8.0 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 3.7 K/BB, 13 CG, 4 SHO, 164 ERA+
Cy Young,  All-Star, MVP – 10

Of Clemens’ monster 1990-92 peak, this performance was the “worst” – a season in which the flamethrowing Texan only led the league in strikeouts, ERA and shutouts and won the Cy Young Award, to boot. He finished April with a 0.28 ERA and started the season 6-0 – his second start of the year on April 13 being an 11-strikeout, no-walk shutout.

The team surrounding him, however, was merely mediocre: Clemens lost five games and received five no decisions in 10 of his 28 quality starts while he went 0-5 in seven non-quality starts.

Key game: April 13. In his second start of the season, Clemens does his best work – a three-hitter with no walks and 11 strikeouts. He strikes out at least one in every inning but the first, yet never throws more than 16 pitches in any inning.

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