All-Time Pitching Leaders by Franchise

Following are lists of all-time leading pitchers, by franchise, for a variety of common pitching metrics.

Ever wanted to know which pitcher had the most 200 strikeout seasons playing for Cleveland? You’ll find that out and lots more after the jump.

Let’s start with the most basic, back of the baseball card, stats. Below are pitchers with most seasons reaching the indicated milestones for each team.

Team20 Wins, Most Seasons15 Wins, Most Seasons30 Saves, Most Seasons
Angels2 - Nolan Ryan6 - Nolan Ryan, Chuck Finley8 - Troy Percival
Astros2 - Roy Oswalt, Joe Niekro5 - Roy Oswalt, Joe Niekro5 - Billy Wagner
Athletics7 - Lefty Grove, Eddie Plank13 - Eddie Plank6 - Dennis Eckersley
Blue Jays2 - Roy Halladay, Roger Clemens6 - Roy Halladay, Dave Stieb4 - Tom Henke
Braves13 - Warren Spahn16 - Warren Spahn3 - John Smoltz
Brewers1 - Teddy Higuera, Mike Caldwell, Jim Colborn4 - Teddy Higuera2 - John Axford, Dan Plesac
Cardinals5 - Bob Gibson10 - Bob Gibson5 - Jason Isringhausen
Cubs6 - Fergie Jenkins, Mordecai Brown, Clark Griffith8 - Charlie Root, Morecai Brown4 - Lee Smith
D-Backs2 - Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson5 - Randy Johnson2 - J.J. Putz
Dodgers4 - Burleigh Grimes, Brickyard Kennedy9 - Don Sutton3 - Eric Gagne, Todd Worrell
Giants13 - Christy Mathewson13 - Christy Mathewson5 - Robb Nen
Indians7 - Bob Lemon10 - Bob Feller3 - Doug Jones
Mariners2 - Jamie Moyer4 - Jamie Moyer3 - Kazuhiro Sasaki
Marlins1 - Dontrelle Willis2 - Kevin Brown2 - Juan Carlos Oviedo, Robb Nen
Mets4 - Tom Seaver8 - Tom Seaver5 - John Franco
Nats/Expos1 - Gio Gonzalez, Ross Grimsley5 - Steve Rogers2 - 5 pitchers, last Chad Cordero
Orioles8 - Jim Palmer12 - Jim Palmer3 - Gregg Olson
Padres2 - Randy Jones3 - Eric Show13 - Trevor Hoffman
Phillies6 - Robin Roberts, Pete Alexander10 - Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts2 - Brad Lidge, Jose Mesa, Ricky Bottalico, Mitch Williams
Pirates5 - Deacon Phillippe9 -Wilbur Cooper2 - Joel Hanrahan, Kent Tekulve
Rangers1 - Rick Helling, Kevin Brown, Fergie Jenkins6 - Charlie Hough4 - John Wetteland
Rays1 - David Price2 - James Shields, David Price2 - Danys Baez, Roberto Hernandez
Red Sox6 - Cy Young7 - Roger Clemens, Cy Young6 - Jonathan Papelbon
Reds5 - Tony Mullane7 - Frank Dwyer4 - Francisco Cordero, Danny Graves
Rockiesnone, most 19 - Ubaldo jimenez2 - Ubaldo Jimenez3 - Brian Fuentes
Royals3 - Dennis Leonard5 - Dennis Leonard5 - Jeff Montgomery, Dan Quisenberry
Tigers5 - George Mullin10 - Jack Morris5 - Todd Jones
Twins12 - Walter Johnson16 - Walter Johnson6 - Joe Nathan
White Sox4 - Wilbur Wood, Red Faber, Ed Walsh7 - Billy Pierce, Red Faber, Ed Walsh, Doc White4 - Bobby Thigpen
Yankees4 - Red Ruffing, Lefty Gomez, Bob Shawkey11 - Red Ruffing14 - Mariano Rivera

You can sort or search the table above as you like. Franchise records go all the way back to the beginning of each current team, including teams that moved from the NL to the AA and back again in  the 19th century.

Now for qualifying seasons reaching strikeout and WHIP milestones. Most impressive here are pitchers whose names show up for more the one franchise, particularly Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan.

Team250 Ks, Most Seasons200 Ks, Most SeasonsWHIP <= 1.1, Most Seasons
Angels6 - Nolan Ryan7 - Nolan Ryan3 - Jered Weaver
Astros2 - J.R. Richard5 - Nolan Ryan3 - Mike Scott
Athletics3 - Rube Waddell5 - Rube Waddell6 - Eddie Plank
Blue Jays2 - Roger Clemens3 - Roy Halladay3 - Roy Halladay
Braves2 - Jim Whitney5 - John Smoltz8 - Greg Maddux
Brewers1 - Ben Sheets4 - Yovani Gallardo1 - Ben Sheets, Teddy Higuera, Mike Caldwell
Cardinals4 - Bob Gibson9 - Bob Gibson3 - Chris Carpenter, Bob Gibson, Jumbo McGinnis
Cubs4 - Fergie Jenkins5 - Fergie Jenkins7 - Mordecai Brown
D-Backs5 - Randy Johnson5 - Randy Johnson4 - Randy Johnson
Dodgers4 - Sandy Koufax6 - Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale6 - Don Sutton
Giants3 - Amos Rusie, Mickey Welch6 - Juan Marichal7 - Juan Marichal, Christy Mathewson
Indians4 - Sam McDowell6 - Sam McDowell7 - Addie Joss
Mariners3 - Randy Johnson7 - Randy Johnson2 - Randy Johnson
Marlinsnone, most 209 - Ryan Dempster1 - Anibal Sanchez, A.J. Burnett, Ryan Dempster, Kevin Brown, Al Leiter1 - Kevin Brown
Mets3 - Tom Seaver9 - Tom Seaver7 - Tom Seaver
Nats/Expos1 - Pedro Martinez, Bill Stoneman2 - Javier Vazquez, Pedro Martinez3 - Bryn Smith
Oriolesnone, most 232 - Rube Waddell3 - Mike Mussina5 - Harry Howell
Padres1 - Kevin Brown3 - Jake Peavy2 - Jake Peavy, Randy Jones
Phillies4 - Steve Carlton7 - Steve Carlton4 - Jim Bunning
Pirates2 - Bob Veale, Ed Morris4 - Bob Veale7 - Babe Adams
Rangers1 - Nolan Ryan3 - Nolan Ryan3 - Nolan Ryan
Raysnone, most 239 - Scott Kazmir2 - James Shields, David Price1 - David Price, James Shields
Red Sox3 - Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens8 - Roger Clemens8 - Cy Young
Reds1 - Mario Soto, Jim Maloney, Tony Mullane 4 - Jim Maloney4 - Gary Nolan
Rockiesnone, most 214 - Ubaldo Jimenez1 - Ubaldo Jimenez, Pedro Astacionone
Royalsnone, most 244 - Dennis Leonard1 - Zack Greinke, Kevin Appier, Dennis Leonard, Bob Johnson3 - Bret Saberhagen
Tigers3 - Mickey Lolich7 - Mickey Lolich3 - Denny McLain
Twins2 - Walter Johnson7 - Walter Johnson10 - Walter Johnson
White Sox4 - Ed Walsh5 - Ed Walsh7 - Ed Walsh
Yankeesnone, most 248 - Ron Guidry2 - David Cone, Ron Guidry3 - Ron Guidry, Fritz Peterson, Ralph Terry, Whitey Ford

Now, let’s look at ERA. To normalize for periods, the table below shows pitchers with the most qualifying seasons meeting specified ERA+ milestones.

Team150 ERA+, Most Seasons125 ERA+, Most Seasons
Angels1 - Jered Weaver, John Lackey, Chuck Finley, Frank Tanana, Dean Chance4 - Chuck Finley
Astros1 - 10 pitchers, last Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte4 - Roy Oswalt
Athletics5 - Lefty Grove8 - Lefty Grove
Blue Jays3 - Roy Halladay6 - Dave Stieb
Braves8 - Greg Maddux10 - Greg Maddux
Brewers2 - Teddy Higuera2 - Teddy Higuera, Ben Sheets, Mike Caldwell
Cardinals3 - Bob Gibson10 - Bob Gibson
Cubs5 - Mordecai Brown7 - Mordecai Brown
D-Backs5 - Randy Johnson5 - Randy Johnson, Brandon Webb
Dodgers4 - Sandy Koufax5 - Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Orel Hershiser
Giants7 - Christy Mathewson11 - Christy Mathewson
Indians4 - Addie Joss7 - Addie Joss
Mariners3 - Randy Johnson4 - Randy Johnson, Jamie Moyer
Marlins2 - Kevin Brown2 - Kevin Brown, Josh Johnson
Mets3 - Tom Seaver7 - Tom Seaver
Nats/Expos1 - Pedro Martinez, Dennis Martinez, Steve Rogers3 - Ken Hill, Dennis Martinez
Orioles3 - Jim Palmer10 - Jim Palmer
Padres2 - Jake Peavy4 - Jake Peavy
Phillies4 - Steve Carlton5 - Cole Hamels, Curt Schilling, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, Pete Alexander
Pirates1 - 14 pitchers, last Rick Reuschel6 - Babe Adams
Rangers1 - 6 pitchers, last C.J. Wilson2 - Matt Harrison, C.J. Wilson, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Hough, Bert Blyleven
Rays1 - Matt Moore, David Price2 - David Price
Red Sox6 - Roger Clemens9 - Roger Clemens
Reds3 - Jose Rijo6 - Jose Rijo
Rockies1 - Ubaldo Jimenez, Marvin Freeman2 - Ubaldo Jimenez
Royals2 - Kevin Appier6 - Kevin Appier
Tigers4 - Hal Newhouser7 - Tommy Bridges
Twins8 - Walter Johnson13 - Walter Johnson
White Sox4 - Eddie Cicotte9 - Ted Lyons
Yankees3 - Whitey Ford6 - Whitey Ford, Lefty Gomez

We’ll finish this section with pitchers who most frequently put it all together and were unhittable on a particular day, or nearly so. These records are only for the searchable era, since 1916.

Angels4 - Nolan Ryan6 - Nolan Ryan13 - Nolan Ryan
Astros2 - Don Wilson3 - Mike Scott6 - Don Wilson, J.R. Richard
Athletics1 - 8 pitchers, last Dallas Braden3 - Vida Blue5 - Catfish Hunter
Blue Jays1 - Dave Stieb5 - Dave Stieb5 - Jimmy Key
Braves2 - Jim Tobin, Warren Spahn2 - 9 pitchers, last Tim Hudson12 - Phil Niekro
Brewers1 - Juan Nieves2 - Skip Lockwood3 - Jim Slaton
Cardinals2 - Bob Forsch3 - Silvio Martinez, Bill Doak8 - Bob Gibson
Cubs2 - Ken Holtzman3 - Hippo Vaughn6 - Hippo Vaughn
D-Backs1 - Randy Johnson, Edwin Jackson1 - Brandon Webb, Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson4 - Randy Johnson
Dodgers4 - Sandy Koufax5 - Don Sutton8 - Fernando Valenzuela, Don Sutton, Sandy Koufax
Giants1 - 10 pitchers, last Matt Cain3 - Matt Cain, Juan Marichal, Carl Hubbell, Phil Douglas7 - Gaylord Perry
Indians3 - Bob Feller12 - Bob Feller9 - Sam McDowell
Mariners1 - Felix Hernandez, Randy Johnson, Chris Bosio3 - Randy Johnson4 - Felix Hernandez
Marlins1 - 4 pitchers, last Anibal Sanchez3 - Anibal Sanchez3- A.J. Burnett
Mets1 - Johan Santana5 - Tom Seaver6 - Tom Seaver
Nats/Expos2 - Bill Stoneman4 - Steve Rogers5 - Steve Rogers
Orioles1 - 7 pitchers, last Jim Palmer5 - Jim Palmer11 - Jim Palmer
Padresnone2 - Randy Jones, Bruce Hurst4 - Steve Arlin
Phillies1 - 6 pitchers, last Roy Halladay5 - Steve Carlton7 - Steve Carlton
Pirates1 - John Candelaria, Bob Moose, Dock Ellis, Cliff Chambers2 - Zane Smith, John Smiley, Bob Friend, Doug Drabek, Wilbur Cooper5 - Bob Veale
Rangers2 - Nolan Ryan3 - Nolan Ryan6 - Fergie Jenkins
Rays1 - Matt Garza1 - James Shields, Joe Kennedy, Matt Garza3 - James Shields
Red Sox2 - Dutch Leonard2 - Pedro Martinez, Rick Wise, Bill Monbouquette, Carl Mays, Bullet Joe Bush11 - Roger Clemens
Reds2 - Johnny Vander Meer, Jim Maloney5 - Jim Maloney10 - Jim Maloney
Rockies1 - Ubaldo Jimeneznone1 - 7 pitchers, last Ubaldo Jimenez
Royals2 - Steve Busby3 - Paul Splittorff5 - Bret Saberhagen
Tigers2 - Justin Verlander, Virgil Trucks3 - Jack Morris, Denny McLain, Tommy Bridges6 - Hal Newhouser
Twins2 - Walter Johnson, Dean Chance4 - Walter Johnson6 - Camilo Pascual
White Sox2 - Mark Buehrle4 - Billy Pierce7 - Billy Pierce
Yankees2 - Allie Reynolds3 - Bob Turley, Whitey Ford9 - Red Ruffing

Now let’s turn to teams. Below are the teams for each franchise with the most pitchers reaching specified win totals.

Team20 Wins, Most Pitchers15 Wins, Most Pitchers
Angels2, 1973 - Nolan Ryan, Bill Singer3, 3 teams, last 1991 - Jim Abbott, Chuck Finley, Mark Langston
Astros2, 1999 - Mike Hampton, Jose Lima3, 2 teams, last 1999 - Mike Hampton, Jose Lima, Shane Reynolds
Athletics3, 2 teams, last 1973 - Vida Blue, Ken Holtzman, Catfish Hunter4, 9 teams, last 1989 - Storm Davis, Mike Moore, Dave Stewart, Bob Welch
Blue Jays1, 7 teams, last 2008 - Roy Halladay3, 1991 - Jimmy Key, Todd Stottlemyre, David Wells
Braves3, 5 teams, last 1898 - Ted Lewis, Kid Nichols, Vic Willis5, 1998 - Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Kevin Millwood, Denny Neagle, John Smoltz
Brewers1, 3 teams, last 1986 - Teddy Higuera3, 1979 - Mike Caldwell, Jim Slaton, Lary Sorensen
Cardinals3, 1887 - Bob Carruthers, Dave Foultz, Silver King4, 2 teams, last 2004 - Chris Carpenter, Jason Marquis, Matt Morris, Jeff Suppan
Cubs3, 2 teams, last 1903 - Jack Taylor, Jake Weimer, Bob Wicker5, 1904 - Buttons Briggs, Mordecai Brown, Carl Lundgren, Jake Weimer, Bob Wicker
D-Backs2, 2 teams, last 2002 - Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling2, 6 teams, last 2012 - Ian Kennedy, Wade Miley
Dodgers3, 2 teams, last 1899 - Jack Dunn, Jim Hughes, Brickyard Kennedy4, 5 teams, last 1978 - Burt Hooton, Tommy John, Doug Rau, Don Sutton
Giants3, 4 teams, last 1920 - Jesse Barnes, Art Nehf, Fred Toney5, 1905 - Red Ames, Christy Mathewson, Joe McGinnity, Dummy Taylor, Hooks Wiltse
Indians3, 5 teams, last 1956 - Bob Lemon, Herb Score, Early Wynn4, 3 teams, last 1954 - Mike Garcia, Art Houtteman, Bob Lemon, Early Wynn
Mariners1, 3 teams, last 2003 - Jamie Moyer4, 2001 - Paul Abbott, Freddy Garcia, Jamie Moyer, Aaron Sele
Marlins1, 2005 - Dontrelle Willis2, 3 teams, last 2005 - Dontrelle Willis, Josh Beckett
Mets1, 9 teams, last 2012 - R.A. Dickey4, 1986 - Ron Darling, Sid Fernandez, Dwight Gooden, Bob Ojeda
Nats/Expos1, 2 teams, last 2012 - Gio Gonzalez3, 1983 - Bill Gullickson, Charlie Lea, Steve Rogers
Orioles4, 1971 - Mike Cuellar, Pat Dobson, Dave McNally, Jim Palmer4, 4 teams, last 1980 - Mike Flanagan, Scott McGregor, Jim Palmer, Steve Stone
Padres1, 3 teams, last 1978 - Gaylord Perry2, 5 teams, last 2004 - Brian Lawrence, Jake Peavy
Phillies3, 3 teams, last 1901 - Red Donahue, Bill Duggleby, Al Orth3, 14 teams, last 1966 - Jim Bunning, Larry Jackson, Chris Short
Pirates3, 1902 - Jack Chesbro, Deacon Phillippe, Jesse Tannehill5, 3 teams, last 1925 - Vic Aldridge, Ray Kremer, Lee Meadows, Johnny Morrison, Emil Yde
Rangers1, 3 teams, last 1998 - Rick Helling3, 1996 - Ken Hill, Roger Pavlik, Bobby Witt
Rays1, 2012 - David Price2, 2 teams, last 2012 - David Price, James Shields
Red Sox3, 3 teams, last 1912 - Hugh Bedient, Buck O'Brien, Smoky Joe Wood5, 1915 - Rube Foster, Dutch Leonard, Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore, Smoky Joe Wood
Reds3, 2 teams, last 1923 - Pete Donohue, Dolf Luque, Eppa Rixey4, 2 teams, last 1904 - Noodles Hahn, Jack Harper, Win Kellum, Tom Walker
Rockies03, 2009 - Ubaldo Jimenez, Jason Marquis, Jorge De La Rosa
Royals1, 8 teams, last 1989 - Bret Saberhagen3, 4 teams, last 1989 - Tom Gordon, Mark Gubicza, Bret Saberhagen
Tigers3, 1907 - Bill Donovan, Ed Killian, George Mullin4, 5 teams, last 1949 - Art Houtteman, Fred Hutchinson, Hal Newhouser, Virgil Trucks
Twins2, 5 teams, last 1969 - Jim Perry, Dave Boswell5, 1930 - Lloyd Brown, General Crowder, Bump Hadley, Sad Sam Jones, Firpo Marberry
White Sox4, 1920 - Eddie Cicotte, Red Faber, Dickey Kerr, Lefty Williams4, 5 teams, last 1920 - Eddie Cicotte, Red Faber, Dickey Kerr, Lefty Williams
Yankees2, 9 teams, last 1978 - Ed Figueroa, Ron Guidry5, 1923 - Bullet Joe Bush, Waite Hoyt, Sad Sam Jones, Herb Pennock, Bob Shawkey

Finally, here are the teams with the top rotations for each franchise. This table shows the teams for each franchise with the top ERA+ score achieved in a qualifying season by each of 2, 3 or 4 pitchers on one team.

TeamBest 2 Starters, ERA+Best 3 Starters, ERA+Best 4 Starters, ERA+
Angels141, 1977 - Nolan Ryan, Frank Tanana130, 1989 - Bert Blyleven, Chuck Finley, Kirk McCaskill113, 2005 - Paul Byrd, Bartolo Colon, John Lackey, Jarrod Washburn
Astros177, 2005 - Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte144, 2005 - Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Roy Oswalt117, 1981 - Nolan Ryan, Bob Knepper, Don Sutton, Joe Niekro
Athletics153, 1910 - Jack Coombs, Cy Morgan150, 1910 - Jack Coombs, Cy Morgan, Chief Bender147, 1909 - Harry Krause, Chief Bender, Cy Morgan, Eddie Plank
Blue Jays156, 1996 - Juan Guzman, Pat Hengten123, 1985 - Dave Stieb, Jimmy Key, Doyle Alexander93, 1989 - John Cerutti, Dave Stieb, Jimmy Key, Mike Flanagan
Braves168, 1998 - Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine147, 1996 - Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine138, 1997 - Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Denny Neagle, John Smoltz
Brewers129, 2004 - Ben Sheets, Doug Davis108, 1979 - Mike Caldwell, Jim Slaton, Bill Travers105, 1979 - Mike Caldwell, Jim Slaton, Larry Sorensen, Bill Travers
Cardinals164, 1969 - Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton132, 1889 - Ice Box Chamberlain, Silver King, Jack Stivetts117, 1961 - Curt Simmons, Bob Gibson, Ray Sadecki, Larry Jackson
Cubs213, 1907 - Jack Pfeister, Carl Lundgren179, 1907 - Jack Pfeister, Carl Lundgren, Mordecai Brown149, 1907 - Jack Pfeister, Carl Lundgren, Mordecai Brown, Orval Overall
D-Backs159, 2003 - Brandon Webb, Curt Schilling132, 2003 - Brandon Webb, Curt Schilling, Miguel Batista104, 2009 - Dan Haren, Doug Davis, Max Scherzer, Jon Garland
Dodgers153, 1957 - Johnny Podres, Don Drysdale141, 1985 - Orel Hershiser, Bob Welch, Fernando Valenzuela120, 1888 - Adonis Terry, Mickey Hughes, Bob Carruthers, Dave Foutz
Giants166, 1885 - Tim Keefe, Mickey Welch142, 1913 - Christy Mathewson, Jeff Tesreau, Al Demaree133, 1912 - Christy Mathewson, Jeff Tesreau, Red Ames, Rube Marquard
Indians165, 1968 - Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant142, 1906 - Otto Hess, Addie Joss, Bob Rhoads112, 1908 -Addie Joss, Charlie Chech, Bob Rhoads, Heinie Berger
Mariners128, 2002 - Joel Pieiero, Jamie Moyer126, 1993 - Randy Johnson, Chris Bosio, Erik Hanson103, 1991 - Bill Krueger, Brian Holman, Erik Hanson, Randy Johnson
Marlins139, 1996 - Kevin brown, Al Leiter116, 2005 - Dontrelle Willis, Josh Beckett, A.J. Burnett84, 2001 - Brad Penny, A.J. Burnett, Ryan Dempster, Matt Clement
Mets160, 1969 - Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman126, 1986 - Bob Ojeda, Ron Darling, Dwight Gooden109, 1970 - Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Jim McAndrew, Gary Gentry
Nats/Expos139, 2003 - Livan Hernandez, Javier Vazquez124, 1994 - Jeff Fassero, Ken Hill, Pedro Martinez118, 1988 - Pascual Perez, Dennis Martinez, Bryn Smith, John Dopson
Orioles150, 1919 - Allan Sothoron, Carl Weilman129, 1959 - Billy O'Dell, Jerry Walker, Hoyt Wilhelm116, 1959 - Billy O'Dell, Jerry Walker, Hoyt Wilhelm, Milt Pappas
Padres132, 1995 - Andy Ashby, Joey Hamilton112, 1985 - Dave Dravecky, Andy Hawkins, Eric Show102, 1985 - Dave Dravecky, Andy Hawkins, Eric Show, LaMarr Hoyt
Phillies160, 2011 - Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee137, 2011 - Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels117, 1952 - Robin Roberts, Karl Drews, Curt Simmons, Russ Meyer
Pirates148, 1901 - Jesse Tannehill, Deacon Phillippe138, 1901 - Jesse Tannehill, Deacon Phillippe, Jack Chesbro126, 1900 - Jesse Tannehill, Deacon Phillippe, Rube Waddell, Sam Leever
Rangers142, 1977 - Bert Blyleven, Dock Ellis126, 2011 - C.J. Wilson, Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando113, 1977 - Bert Blyleven, Dock Ellis, Gaylord Perry, Doyle Alexander
Rays128, 2011 - Jeremy Hellickson, James Shields109, 2012 - David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, James Shields101, 2012 - David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, James Shields, Matt Moore
Red Sox176, 2002 - Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe133, 1911 - Ray Collins, Larry Pape, Smoky Joe Wood121, 1904 - Bill Dinneen, Norwood Gibson, Jesse Tannehill, Cy Young
Reds171, 1882 - Harry McCormick, Will White 135, 1896 - Billy Rhines, Frank Dwyer, Red Ehret119, 1904 - Noodles Hahn, Tom Walker, Jack harper, Bob Ewing
Rockies118, 2008 - Aaron Cook, Ubaldo Jimenez 116, 2006 - Jason Jennings, Jeff Francis, Aaron Cook108, 2009 - Ubaldo Jimenez, Jason Marquis, Jason Hammel, Jorge de la Rosa
Royals143, 1985 - Charlie Liebrandt, Bret Saberhagen120, 1985 - Charlie Liebrandt, Bret Saberhagen, Danny Jackson114, 1987 - Charlie Liebrandt, Bret Saberhagen, Danny Jackson, Mark Gubicza
Tigers175, 1945 - Al Benton, Hal Newhouser144, 1942 - Hal Newhouser, Virgil Trucks, Tommy Bridges136, 1942 - Hal Newhouser, Virgil Trucks, Tommy Bridges, Hal White/Al Benton
Twins154, 1988 - Allan Anderson, Frank Viola125, 1991 - Kevin Tapani, Scott Erickson, Jack Morris112, 1930 - General Crowder, Bump Hadley, Sad Sam Jones, Firpo Marberry
White Sox154, 1913 - Eddie Cicotte, Reb Russell/Jim Scott154, 1913 - Eddie Cicotte, Reb Russell, Jim Scott127, 1940 - Thornton Lee, Ted Lyons, Johnny Rigney, Eddie Smith
Yankees156, 1997 - David Cone, Andy Pettitte137, 1942 - Tiny Bonham, Spud Chandler, Hank Borowy115, 1927 - Waite Hoyt, Urban Shocker, Herb Pennock, Dutch Ruether

Any surprises?


31 thoughts on “All-Time Pitching Leaders by Franchise

  1. 1
    Mike says:

    Surprise! Silvio Martinez leads with w/3 one-hitters in 97 forgettable starts for the Cardinals.

    • 2
      Doug says:

      Well, at least 3 of the starts were memorable. 🙂 He also had 2 two-hitters and 1 three-hitter. So, would seem he was tough to hit when he was on his game. And, to be fair, his 1979 season looks okay (206 IP, 15-8, 117 ERA+, under 3 BB/9).

      Silvio had just 87 starts, so three of them being one-hitters is a pretty high proportion. In fact, his one-hitters are more than 20% of his complete games. The two he had in the 1978 season are definitely atypical – 13 walks and 3 strikeouts combined in those two contests.

  2. 3
    oneblankspace says:

    Interesting to see which franchises have yet to have a 250K pitcher (most have had a $250K pitcher).

  3. 4
    e pluribus munu says:

    Doug, There’s a week’s worth of reflection in these tables – thanks for a great post! I’m going to show my appreciation by going way off on a tangent.

    My eye was caught by the 1907 Cubs staff, since I think of Brown and Overall before Pfiester and Lundgren, and, more particularly, I think of the ’06 staff before the ’07 staff – after all, the ’06 staff went 116-36, the winningest staff in history, along with the 2001 Mariners.

    Going to explore the details of the two Cubs staffs I discovered something I’d never known: the ’06 Cubs staff actually only won 115 games. Although B-Ref fails to record it properly, on August 7, the Giants forfeited to the Cubs (hat tip to Charlton’s Chronology).

    This means that the Seattle Mariners 2001 pitching staff stands alone as the winningest staff in baseball history. I’m glad to see they creep onto your charts once, at least, for Seattle’s most-15-game-winners title.

    • 5
      Doug says:

      Thanks epm,

      Carl Lundgren showed up in one of my quizzes recently, and it was for his 1907 season. His 1.17 ERA with a 4.0 BB/9 is the only qualifying season with BB/9 more than 3 times as large as ERA. But, that kind of luck doesn’t last, not even in the dead-ball era. Despite being just 27, and with 6 big-league seasons of 125 ERA+ under his belt, Lundgren would pitch just 143 more innings of 56 ERA+ ball. Hard to imagine any pitcher could top his ERA+ drop from 213 to 56 in one season.

      I remember the Mariners’ final game of that 2001 season, against the Rangers. The game was tied at 3-3 from the 4th inning on until a single-walk-single against Jeff Nelson with two outs in the 9th plated the winner for Texas. Had Seattle won the game, they would have eclipsed the ’54 Indians for the best winning percentage in the live ball era.

      Like those Indians, though, Seattle bowed out of the post-season rather meekly, barely surviving the divisional series before being thoroughly dominated by the Yanks in the LCS.

      • 6
        e pluribus munu says:

        Yeah, I remember that. It rankled, as did the loss to the Yankees (and the ’54 Tribe was the first WS team I rooted for).
        But, of course, the ’06 Cubs met their post-season match in the ChiSox, who, apart from being wonderful in their hitlessness, had a staff ERA+ over 30 points lower than the Cubs’. Something jinxish about these record-setting W-L years.

      • 8

        The Mariners could have had 117 wins that year, but for this embarrassment….

        • 9
          Doug says:


          Giving up a 12 run lead after 6 innings – incredible.

        • 11
          e pluribus munu says:

          I don’t recall this one at all, ES. Amazing – look at that win probability curve! (Perhaps equally amazing is that the M’s immediately returned to winning.) Thanks.

          It would be interesting (fun) to compile a Hall of Unlikely Outcomes: a small number of the most improbable game results in history, filled with exhaltation and despair. This one might be a real candidate, especially given that losers were a .727 team in August.

          • 15

            I’d like to nominate this game for the HoUO, one I actually attended:


            Note that was the post-fire sale Marlins who lost 109 games that year….

          • 16
            John Autin says:

            @15, ES — What a weird vibe there must have been in the top of the 9th. Three straight HRs to open, but the Marlins still down by 3. What did it feel like being there?

          • 18


            Since this was the year of Big Mac’s HR chase, the stadium had pretty much cleared out after McGwire got left on deck to end the bottom of the 8th with a 6 run lead. There weren’t many people left to witness the improbable comeback by the Fish, but I do recall a large round of booing for Frascatore after the third straight bomb (St. Louis fans not booing their own players is a common myth). Speaking of booing, once it got down to Jeff Brantley having to come in for the “save”… well, it was a lot like Valverde coming in for your Tigers last year. Everyone who was left in the park knew Brantley was going to give up the lead, though maybe not exactly immediately via a 3 run homer to a player like Kotsay (2 weeks prior, he have up a 3 run lead to the Mets with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th, and everyone in the park knew once Piazza was announced as the pinch hitter as the tying run, he was going to go deep). It’s funny, because during Brantley’s brief stint with ESPN, he often complained about the way he was “unfairly” treated in St. Louis that year by the fans, but he earned every tasty morsel of raspberries we so generously graced him with…

          • 19
            John Autin says:

            ES — Wow, I’d forgotten that Piazza pinch-HR in ’98. And if you’d told me that Jorge Fabregas ever hit a HR for the Mets, I’d have said “pull the other one, then!” But Fabregas went deep off Brantley right ahead of the Pizza man — the one HR he hit in 20 games with NYM.

            ‘Course, you guys won it in the 14th.


          • 20

            Yes we did… and back in that ancient era of 1998, a manager actually had the gall to use his closer, with others available in the ‘pen, for multiple innings, in a tie game, on the road!!! Of course, it was off Franco that the winning run was scored, but it’s fun to look at how things once were…

          • 27

            Here’s another game that was played just a week before the Mariners/Indians game that inspired this tangent… another 100 loss team with an improbable comeback. What makes this comeback even more impressive was that the bottom of the 9th started with 2 flyouts…


        • 21
          Doug says:

          Can anyone help me on this game? I think it was late 70s or early 80s. Cubs won 6-5 at home, after being down 5-0 in the 9th with two outs and the bases empty. I think LA was the opponent, but not sure about that.

          Anyway, I can’t seem to find the game in the boxes. Does anyone else remember this one?

          • 22
            Richard Chester says:

            I don’t know what kind of PI search you did but here’s what I did. I went to Team Pitching Game Finder, set the years to 1916-2013, selected Opponents Cubs, R = 6 and IP = 8.2. There were 16 games won by the Cubs 6-5 with 2 outs in the 9th and there were no games in which the Cubs scored 6 runs in the 9th. Perhaps the score of that game was other than 6-5.

          • 23
            Doug says:

            Thanks for checking, Richard.

            I thought it was the Cubs, but could have been another team (I guess). But, I’m pretty sure I’m not imagining it – definitely recall the team coming back to win 6-5 after being down 5-0 and down to their last out.

          • 24
            birtelcom says:

            Here’s a game in Atlanta that the Cubs won in 1979, after trailing 5-0 with two outs in the top of the ninth (though Chicago did get two men on to start the inning before two pop fly outs). The biggest blow for the Cubbies was a Bobby Murcer three-run homer, off Gene Garber, to take the lead.

          • 25
            Richard Chester says:

            On 7-24-78 the Astros scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 9th for a 6-5 win over the Expos but 2 of the runs were scored prior to two outs.

          • 26
            Doug says:

            Birtelcom and Richard,

            Thanks for finding these. I’m going to guess that it was that Cubs/Braves game that I was remembering. Anyway, certainly among the more unlikely comebacks, especially when down to your final out.

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            Richard Chester says:

            And now the biggest 9th inning comeback ever. On 4-25-01, the second day of AL baseball, the Tigers overcame a 13-4 deficit to Milwaukee to to walk away with a 14-13 victory. It was the Tigers’ first AL game.

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            e pluribus munu says:

            Richard, I’m sure you’re right, but for a comeback in extremis, perhaps the Cleveland Blues’ performance against the Senators two days short of one month later might be more dramatic – the Blues only scored 9 runs to win 14-13, but they did it after the first two men in the ninth went down.

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            Richard Chester says:

            epb: Hmm, it looks like someone has finally taken my advice and consulted the Charlton Chronology. And on the same day in the White Sox-A’s game Nap Lajoie became one of a few players to receive an intentional walk with the bases loaded.

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            e pluribus munu says:

            Very much on your advice, and very good advice it is.

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    brp says:

    Remarkable how few good pitchers a lot of the modern expansion teams have produced. It’s easy to forget that Florida/Miami and Colorado are in their 21st season already.

    The Brewers are pretty sad on this whole list; a couple good years by Teddy Higuera away from almost a vacuum. Kind of surprised the Blue Jays never had a 4-man rotation even at league average ERA+, but I guess Jack Morris was to busy pitching to the score to lift them up any further.

    But how’s about Doug Davis showing up in the rotation list twice? And the 1889 Cardinals… Ice Box Chamberlain and Silver King…

    Gotta go with EPM, could look at this stuff for a looong time.

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      Doug says:

      Those three pitchers for St. Louis in 1889 were all 21 year-olda. Stivetts was a rookie, but Chamberlain and King were both in their third full seasons, and fourth overall.

      By the end of that 1889 season, King had pitched almost 1500 innings, and Chamberlain almost 1100. Of the three, only Stivetts pitched past the age of 30 and only barely so, with the grand total of 50 innings.

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    Steven says:

    Icebox and Brickyard. Great nicknames. They were nicknames, weren’t they?
    Whenever I see Gibson, Carlton, St. Louis together, I think of what might have been for the Cardinals from 1972-74, if not for the Spring 1972 Purge of The Lefthanded Starters (including Jerry Reuss).

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