Chicago Cubs Pitching Leaders


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All stats leaders are based on seasons between 1998 – 2016.

To be eligible for single-season ratio stats a player needed to qualify for ERA title.

To be eligible for career ratio stats a player needed to have 500 innings pitched.

Single-Season WAR
Rank Year Player WAR
1 1920 Pete Alexander 12.1
2 1971 Ferguson Jenkins 10.3
3 1963 Dick Ellsworth 10.2
4 1977 Rick Reuschel 9.4
5 1902 Jack Taylor 9.3
6 1992 Greg Maddux 9.2
7 2015 Jake Arrieta 8.7
8 1909 Mordecai Brown 8.7
9 1969 Bill Hands 8.4
10 1905 Ed Reulbach 8.3
Career WAR
Rank Player WAR
1 Ferguson Jenkins 53.2
2 Rick Reuschel 48.3
3 Mordecai Brown 45.3
4 Pete Alexander 41.8
5 Hippo Vaughn 40.7
6 Charlie Root 38.4
7 Carlos Zambrano 37.9
8 Greg Maddux 33.8
9 Bob Rush 32.9
10 Claude Passeau 32.6

Single-Season Games
Rank Year Player G
1 2006 Bob Howry 84
1980 Dick Tidrow 84
1965 Ted Abernathy 84
4 2008 Carlos Marmol 82
2001 Jeff Fassero 82
1983 Bill Campbell 82
7 1998 Rod Beck 81
8 2012 Shawn Camp 80
2010 Sean Marshall 80
10 2009 Carlos Marmol 79
1996 Bob Patterson 79
Career Games
Rank Player G
1 Charlie Root 605
2 Carlos Marmol 483
3 Lee Smith 458
4 Don Elston 449
5 Guy Bush 428
6 Ferguson Jenkins 401
7 Ryan Dempster 374
8 James Russell 365
9 Bill Lee 364
10 Rick Reuschel 358

Single-Season Games Started
Rank Year Player GS
1 1969 Ferguson Jenkins 42
2 1969 Bill Hands 41
3 1968 Ferguson Jenkins 40
1920 Pete Alexander 40
1914 Larry Cheney 40
6 1977 Ray Burris 39
1971 Ferguson Jenkins 39
1970 Ferguson Jenkins 39
1969 Ken Holtzman 39
1965 Larry Jackson 39
Career Games Started
Rank Player GS
1 Ferguson Jenkins 347
2 Rick Reuschel 343
3 Charlie Root 339
4 Greg Maddux 298
5 Bill Lee 297
6 Bob Rush 292
7 Carlos Zambrano 282
8 Hippo Vaughn 270
9 Guy Bush 252
10 Mordecai Brown 241

Single-Season Wins
Rank Year Player W
1 1908 Mordecai Brown 29
2 1920 Pete Alexander 27
1909 Mordecai Brown 27
4 1927 Charlie Root 26
1912 Larry Cheney 26
1906 Mordecai Brown 26
7 1910 Mordecai Brown 25
8 1971 Ferguson Jenkins 24
1964 Larry Jackson 24
1908 Ed Reulbach 24
Career Wins
Rank Player W
1 Charlie Root 201
2 Mordecai Brown 188
3 Ferguson Jenkins 167
4 Guy Bush 152
5 Hippo Vaughn 151
6 Bill Lee 139
7 Ed Reulbach 136
8 Rick Reuschel 135
9 Greg Maddux 133
10 Pete Alexander 128

Single-Season Losses
Rank Year Player L
1 1901 Tom Hughes 23
2 1974 Bill Bonham 22
1966 Dick Ellsworth 22
4 1965 Larry Jackson 21
5 1962 Dick Ellsworth 20
1960 Glen Hobbie 20
1955 Sam Jones 20
8 1950 Bob Rush 20
1917 Phil Douglas 20
10 1953 Warren Hacker 19
1938 Larry French 19
1901 Jack Taylor 19
Career Losses
Rank Player L
1 Charlie Root 156
2 Bob Rush 140
3 Ferguson Jenkins 132
4 Rick Reuschel 127
5 Bill Lee 123
6 Greg Maddux 112
7 Dick Ellsworth 110
8 Hippo Vaughn 105
9 Guy Bush 101
10 Claude Passeau 94

Single-Season ERA
Rank Year Player ERA
1 1906 Mordecai Brown 1.04
2 1907 Jack Pfiester 1.15
3 1907 Carl Lundgren 1.17
4 1902 Jack Taylor 1.29
5 1909 Mordecai Brown 1.31
6 1907 Mordecai Brown 1.39
7 1909 Orval Overall 1.42
1905 Ed Reulbach 1.42
9 1908 Mordecai Brown 1.47
10 1906 Jack Pfiester 1.51
Career ERA
Rank Player ERA
1 Mordecai Brown 1.80
2 Jack Pfiester 1.85
3 Orval Overall 1.91
4 Jake Weimer 2.14
5 Ed Reulbach 2.24
6 Phil Douglas 2.29
7 Hippo Vaughn 2.33
8 Jack Taylor 2.35
9 Carl Lundgren 2.42
10 Bert Humphries 2.56

Single-Season Innings Pitched
Rank Year Player IP
1 1920 Pete Alexander 363.1
2 1909 Mordecai Brown 342.2
3 1902 Jack Taylor 333.2
4 1971 Ferguson Jenkins 325
5 1970 Ferguson Jenkins 313
6 1908 Mordecai Brown 312.1
1903 Jack Taylor 312.1
8 1969 Ferguson Jenkins 311.1
1914 Larry Cheney 311.1
10 1927 Charlie Root 309
Career Innings Pitched
Rank Player IP
1 Charlie Root 3,137.1
2 Ferguson Jenkins 2,673.2
3 Mordecai Brown 2,329
4 Rich Reuschel 2,290
5 Bill Lee 2,271.1
6 Hippo Vaughn 2,216.1
7 Guy Bush 2,201.2
8 Bob Rush 2,132.2
9 Greg Maddux 2,016
10 Claude Passeau 1,914.2

Single-Season Complete Games
Rank Year Player CG
1 1902 Jack Taylor 34
2 1920 Pete Alexander 33
1903 Jack Taylor 33
4 1909 Mordecai Brown 32
1901 Tom Hughes 32
6 1904 Jake Weimer 31
7 1971 Ferguson Jenkins 30
1901 Jack Taylor 30
9 1912 Larry Cheney 28
1905 Ed Reulbach 28
1904 Buttons Briggs 28
Career Complete Games
Rank Player CG
1 Mordecai Brown 206
2 Charlie Root 177
Hippo Vaughn 177
4 Pete Alexander 158
5 Ferguson Jenkins 154
6 Bill Lee 153
7 Ed Reulbach 149
8 Claude Passeau 143
9 Guy Bush 127
10 Carl Lundgren 125

Single-Season Shutouts
Rank Year Player SHO
1 1938 Bill Lee 9
1919 Pete Alexander 9
1909 Orval Overall 9
1908 Mordecai Brown 9
1906 Mordecai Brown 9
6 1918 Hippo Vaughn 8
1909 Mordecai Brown 8
1907 Orval Overall 8
1902 Jack Taylor 8
10 1969 Ferguson Jenkins 7
1943 Hi Bithorn 7
1920 Pete Alexander 7
1908 Ed Reulbach 7
1907 Carl Lundgren 7
Career Shutouts
Rank Player SHO
1 Mordecai Brown 48
2 Hippo Vaughn 35
3 Ed Reulbach 31
4 Ferguson Jenkins 29
5 Orval Overall 28
6 Bill Lee 25
7 Pete Alexander 24
8 Claude Passeau 22
9 Larry French 21
Charlie Root 21

Single-Season Strikeouts
Rank Year Player SO
1 1970 Ferguson Jenkins 274
2 1969 Ferguson Jenkins 273
3 2003 Kerry Wood 266
4 1971 Ferguson Jenkins 263
5 1968 Ferguson Jenkins 260
6 2003 Mark Prior 245
7 2015 Jake Arrieta 236
1967 Ferguson Jenkins 236
9 1998 Kerry Wood 233
10 1901 Tom Hughes 225
Career Strikeouts
Rank Player SO
1 Ferguson Jenkins 2,038
2 Carlos Zambrano 1,542
3 Kerry Wood 1,470
4 Charlie Root 1,432
5 Rick Reuschel 1,367
6 Greg Maddux 1,305
7 Hippo Vaughn 1,138
8 Bob Rush 1,076
9 Ryan Dempster 1,070
Mordecai Brown 1,043

Single-Season Saves
Rank Year Player SV
1 1993 Randy Myers 53
2 1998 Rod Beck 51
3 2010 Carlos Marmol 38
1995 Randy Myers 38
5 1979 Bruce Sutter 37
6 1989 Mitch Williams 36
1987 Lee Smith 36
8 2011 Carlos Marmol 34
2008 Kerry Wood 34
10 2013 Kevin Gregg 33
2005 Ryan Dempster 33
2003 Joe Borowski 33
1985 Lee Smith 33
1984 Lee Smith 33
Career Saves
Rank Player SV
1 Lee Smith 180
2 Bruce Sutter 133
3 Carlos Marmol 117
4 Randy Myers 112
5 Ryan Dempster 87
6 Hector Rondon 77
7 Don Elston 64
8 Phil Regan 60
9 Rod Beck 58
10 Kevin Gregg 56

Single-Season Walks + Hits / IP
Rank Year Player WHIP
1 1908 Mordecai Brown 0.842
2 2015 Jake Arrieta 0.865
3 1909 Mordecai Brown 0.873
4 1919 Pete Alexander 0.928
5 1909 Mordecai Brown 0.934
6 1906 Jack Pfiester 0.941
7 1907 Mordecai Brown 0.944
8 1952 Warren Hacker 0.946
9 1902 Jack Taylor 0.953
10 1905 Ed Reulbach 0.963
Career Walks + Hits / IP
Rank Player WHIP
1 Mordecai Brown 0.998
2 Jack Pfiester 1.059
3 Phil Douglas 1.077
4 Orval Overall 1.078
5 Ferguson Jenkins 1.123
6 Ed Reulbach 1.131
7 Jack Taylor 1.134
8 Bert Humphries 1.142
9 Ted Lilly 1.144
10 Jake Weimer 1.147