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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Any surprises?


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


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


I noticed the Yankees don’t have a 250K pitcher. I guess Clemens couldn’t achieve that for them. Have they not emphasized high K power pitching over their history? So a great offense won all those WS titles.

no statistician but


On the contrary, most of the Yankee WS teams have had very good to excellent pitching, just not huge numbers of strikeouts. The 1927 staff was the best by far in the AL, for instance. The Reynolds-Lopat-Raschi led staff of the early Stengel era were the difference against the hitting heavy Dodgers. Just 2 examples.

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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… Read more »
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… Read more »

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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