Detroit Tigers 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 1945 Hal Newhouser 11.2
2 1976 Mark Fidrych 9.6
1944 Dizzy Trout 9.6
4 1946 Hal Newhouser 9.5
5 1971 Mickey Lolich 8.6
6 2011 Justin Verlander 8.4
7 1969 Denny McLain 8.2
8 1973 John Hiller 8.1
9 1944 Hal Newhouser 8.0
10 2012 Justin Verlander 7.8
Career WAR
Rank Player WAR
1 Hal Newhouser 59.0
2 Tommy Bridges 52.5
3 Justin Verlander 50.5
4 Mickey Lolich 47.5
5 Dizzy Trout 45.2
6 Jack Morris 37.9
7 Hooks Dauss 35.2
8 George Mullin 35.1
9 Bill Donovan 34.5
10 John Hiller 31.2

Single-Season Games
Rank Year Player G
1 1998 Sean Runyan 88
1997 Mike Myers 88
3 1996 Mike Myers 83
4 1984 Willie Hernandez 80
5 2003 Jamie Walker 78
6 2011 Jose Valverde 75
7 2010 Phil Coke 74
1985 Willie Hernandez 74
9 2003 Joaquin Benoit 73
2009 Fernando Rodney 73
Career Games
Rank Player G
1 John Hiller 545
2 Hooks Dauss 538
3 Mickey Lolich 508
4 Dizzy Trout 493
5 Mike Henneman 491
6 Todd Jones 480
7 Hal Newhouser 460
8 George Mullin 435
9 Jack Morris 430
10 Tommy Bridges 424

Single-Season Games Started
Rank Year Player GS
1 1971 Mickey Lolich 45
2 1904 George Mullin 44
3 1973 Mickey Lolich 42
1907 George Mullin 42
5 1974 Joe Coleman 41
1974 Mickey Lolich 41
1972 Mickey Lolich 41
1969 Denny McLain 41
1968 Denny McLain 41
1905 George Mullin 41
Career Games Started
Rank Player GS
1 Mickey Lolich 459
2 Jack Morris 408
3 George Mullin 395
4 Hooks Dauss 388
5 Hal Newhouser 373
6 Tommy Bridges 362
7 Justin Verlander 352
8 Dizzy Trout 305
9 Earl Whitehill 287
10 Dan Petry 274
Frank Lary 274

Single-Season Wins
Rank Year Player W
1 1968 Denny McLain 31
2 1944 Hal Newhouser 29
1909 George Mullin 29
4 1944 Dizzy Trout 27
5 1946 Hal Newhouser 26
6 1971 Mickey Lolich 25
1945 Hal Newhouser 25
1907 Bill Donovan 25
1907 Ed Killian 25
10 2011 Justin Verlander 24
1969 Denny McLain 24
1934 Schoolboy Rowe 24
1915 Hooks Dauss 24
1908 Ed Summers 24
Career Wins
Rank Player W
1 Hooks Dauss 223
2 George Mullin 209
3 Mickey Lolich 207
4 Hal Newhouser 200
5 Jack Morris 198
6 Tommy Bridges 194
7 Justin Verlander 173
8 Dizzy Trout 161
9 Bill Donovan 140
10 Earl Whitehill 133

Single-Season Losses
Rank Year Player L
1 1904 George Mullin 23
2 2003 Mike Maroth 21
1974 Mickey Lolich 21
1920 Hooks Dauss 21
1905 George Mullin 21
6 1952 Art Houtteman 20
1941 Bobo Newsom 20
1907 George Mullin 20
1904 Ed Killian 20
10 2003 Jeremy Bonderman 19
1974 Lerrin LaGrow 19
1970 Mickey Lolich 19
1952 Virgil Trucks 19
1923 Herman Pillette 19
Career Losses
Rank Player L
1 Hooks Dauss 182
2 George Mullin 179
3 Mickey Lolich 175
4 Dizzy Trout 153
5 Jack Morris 150
6 Hal Newhouser 148
7 Tommy Bridges 138
8 Earl Whitehill 119
9 Frank Lary 110
10 Justin Verlander 106

Single-Season ERA
Rank Year Player ERA
1 1908 Ed Summers 1.64
2 1909 Ed Killian 1.71
3 1907 Ed Killian 1.78
4 1945 Hal Newhouser 1.81
5 1902 Ed Siever 1.91
6 1946 Hal Newhouser 1.94
7 1968 Denny McLain 1.96
8 1916 Harry Coveleski 1.97
9 1945 Al Benton 2.02
10 1908 Bill Donovan 2.08
Career ERA
Rank Player ERA
1 Harry Coveleski 2.34
2 Ed Killian 2.38
3 Ed Summers 2.42
4 Bill Donovan 2.49
5 Ed Siever 2.61
6 George Mullin 2.76
7 John Hiller 2.83
8 Ed Willett 2.89
9 Bill James 3.01
10 Frank Kitson 3.02

Single-Season Innings Pitched
Rank Year Player IP
1 1904 George Mullin 382.1
2 1971 Mickey Lolich 376
3 1907 George Mullins 357.1
4 1944 Dizzy Trout 352.1
5 1905 George Mullins 347.2
6 1968 Denny McLain 336
7 1901 Roscoe Miller 332
8 1904 Ed Killian 331.2
9 1906 George Mullin 330
10 1972 Mickey Lolich 327.1
Career Innings Pitched
Rank Player IP
1 George Mullin 3,394
2 Hooks Dauss 3,390.2
3 Mickey Lolich 3,361.2
4 Jack Morris 3,042.2
5 Hal Newhouser 2,944
6 Tommy Bridges 2,826.1
7 Dizzy Trout 2,591.2
8 Justin Verlander 2,339
9 Earl Whitehill 2,171.1
10 Bill Donovan 2,137.1

Single-Season Complete Games
Rank Year Player CG
1 1904 George Mullin 42
2 1907 George Mullin 35
1906 George Mullin 35
1905 George Mullin 35
1901 Roscoe Miller 35
6 1903 Bill Donovan 34
7 1944 Dizzy Trout 33
1905 Ed Killian 33
9 1904 Ed Killian 32
10 1903 George Mullin 31
Career Complete Games
Rank Player CG
1 George Mullin 336
2 Hooks Dauss 245
3 Bill Donovan 213
4 Hal Newhouser 212
5 Tommy Bridges 200
6 Mickey Lolich 190
7 Dizzy Trout 156
8 Jack Morris 154
9 Earl Whitehill 147
10 Ed Killian 142

Single-Season Shutouts
Rank Year Player SHO
1 1969 Denny McLain 9
2 1945 Hal Newhouser 8
1905 Ed Killian 8
4 1955 Billy Hoeft 7
1944 Dizzy Trout 7
1904 George Mullin 7
7 1986 Jack Morris 6
1968 Denny McLain 6
1967 Mickey Lolich 6
1964 Mickey Lolich 6
1949 Virgil Trucks 6
1946 Hal Newhouser 6
1944 Hal Newhouser 6
1935 Schoolboy Rowe 6
1917 Hooks Dauss 6
1908 Bill Donovan 6
1903 George Mullin 6
Career Shutouts
Rank Player SHO
1 Mickey Lolich 39
2 George Mullin 34
3 Hal Newhouser 33
Tommy Bridges 33
5 Bill Donovan 29
6 Dizzy Trout 28
7 Denny McLain 26
8 Jack Morris 24
9 Hooks Dauss 22
10 Frank Lary 20
Virgil Trucks 20

Single-Season Strikeouts
Rank Year Player SO
1 1971 Mickey Lolich 308
2 1968 Denny McLain 280
3 1946 Hal Newhouser 275
4 1969 Mickey Lolich 271
5 2009 Justin Verlander 269
6 2016 Justin Verlander 254
7 2014 Max Scherzer 252
8 2011 Justin Verlander 250
1972 Mickey Lolich 250
10 2013 Max Scherzer 240
Career Strikeouts
Rank Player SO
1 Mickey Lolich 2,679
2 Justin Verlander 2,197
3 Jack Morris 1,980
4 Hal Newhouser 1,770
5 Tommy Bridges 1,674
6 Jim Bunning 1,406
7 George Mullin 1,380
8 Hooks Dauss 1,201
9 Dizzy Trout 1,199
10 Denny McLain 1,150

Single-Season Saves
Rank Year Player SV
1 2011 Jose Valverde 49
2 2016 Francisco Rodriguez 44
3 2000 Todd Jones 42
4 2007 Todd Jones 38
1973 John Hiller 38
6 2009 Fernando Rodney 37
2007 Todd Jones 37
8 2014 Joe Nathan 35
2012 Jose Valverde 35
10 1984 Willie Hernandez 32
Career Saves
Rank Player SV
1 Todd Jones 235
2 Mike Henneman 154
3 John Hiller 125
4 Willie Hernandez 120
5 Jose Valverde 119
6 Aurelio Lopez 85
7 Fernando Rodney 70
8 Terry Fox 55
9 Al Benton 45
10 Francisco Rodriguez 44

Single-Season Walks + Hits / IP
Rank Year Player WHIP
1 1968 Denny McLain 0.905
2 2011 Justin Verlander 0.920
3 2013 Max Scherzer 0.970
4 2016 Justin Verlander 1.001
5 1966 Earl Wilson 1.004
6 1909 Ed Summers 1.047
7 1962 Hank Aquirre 1.051
1916 Harry Coveleski 1.051
1902 Ed Siever 1.051
10 2012 Justin Verlander 1.057
Career Walks + Hits / IP
Rank Player WHIP
1 Denny McLain 1.112
2 Harry Coveleski 1.131
3 Ed Summers 1.152
4 Earl Wilson 1.170
5 Don Mossi 1.174
6 Justin Verlander 1.185
7 Bill Donovan 1.192
8 Anibal Sanchez 1.195
9 Max Scherzer 1.197
10 Hank Aquirre 1.208
Jim Bunning 1.208