Kansas City Royals 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 2009 Zack Greinke 10.4
2 1989 Bret Saberhagen 9.7
3 1993 Kevin Appier 9.2
4 1992 Kevin Appier 8.1
5 1987 Bret Saberhagen 8.0
6 1988 Mark Gubicza 7.7
7 1985 Bret Saberhagen 7.3
8 1993 David Cone 7.2
9 1994 David Cone 6.8
10 1985 Charlie Leibrandt 6.7
Career WAR
Rank Player WAR
1 Kevin Appier 47.3
2 Bret Saberhagaen 40.8
3 Mark Gubicza 38.3
4 Zack Greinke 26.2
5 Dennis Leonard 26.1
6 Dan Quisenberry 25.6
7 Charlie Leibrandt 23.1
8 Paul Splittorff 22.8
9 Jeff Montgomery 20.9
10 Larry Gura 18.8

Single-Season Games
Rank Year Player G
1 1985 Dan Quisenberry 84
2 2012 Kelvin Herrera 76
2003 Jason Grimsley 76
4 1980 Dan Quisenberry 75
5 2007 Jimmy Gobble 74
6 2012 Aaron Crow 73
2001 Jason Grimsley 73
1998 Scott Service 73
1990 Jeff Montgomery 73
10 2016 Kelvin Herrera 72
10 2015 Kelvin Herrera 72
2012 Tim Collins 72
1984 Dan Quisenberry 72
1982 Dan Quisenberry 72
Career Games
Rank Player G
1 Jeff Montgomery 686
2 Dan Quisenberry 573
3 Paul Splittorff 429
4 Mark Gubicza 382
5 Joakim Soria 368
6 Kelvin Herrera 351
7 Dennis Leonard 312
8 Larry Gura 310
9 Greg Holland 309
10 Doug Bird 292

Single-Season Games Started
Rank Year Player GS
1 1978 Dennis Leonard 40
2 1980 Dennis Leonard 38
1978 Paul Splittorff 38
1974 Steve Busby 38
1973 Paul Splittorff 38
6 1982 Larry Gura 37
1977 Dennis Leonard 37
1977 Paul Splittorff 37
1973 Steve Busby 37
10 1989 Mark Gubicza 36
1980 Larry Gura 36
1974 Paul Splittorff 36
Career Games Started
Rank Player GS
1 Paul Splittorff 392
2 Mark Gubicza 327
3 Dennis Leonard 302
4 Kevin Appier 275
5 Bret Saberhagen 226
6 Larry Gura 219
7 Charlie Leibrandt 187
8 Zack Greinke 169
9 Dick Drago 160
10 Steve Busby 150

Single-Season Wins
Rank Year Player W
1 1989 Bret Saberhagen 23
2 1974 Steve Busby 22
3 1978 Dennis Leonard 21
4 1988 Mark Gubicza 20
1985 Bret Saberhagen 20
1980 Dennis Leonard 20
1977 Dennis Leonard 20
1973 Paul Splittorff 20
9 1978 Paul Splittorff 19
10 1993 Kevin Appier 18
1987 Bret Saberhagen 18
1982 Larry Gura 18
1980 Larry Gura 18
1977 Jim Colborn 18
1975 Steve Busby 18
Career Wins
Rank Player W
1 Paul Splittorff 166
2 Dennis Leonard 144
3 Mark Gubicza 132
4 Kevin Appier 115
5 Larry Gura 111
6 Bret Saberhagen 110
7 Tom Gordon 79
8 Charlie Leibrandt 76
9 Steve Busby 70
Al Fitzmorris 70

Single-Season Losses
Rank Year Player L
1 2004 Darrell May 19
1974 Paul Splittorff 19
3 1987 Mark Gubicza 18
1987 Danny Jackson 18
1983 Larry Gura 18
6 2005 Zack Greinke 17
7 1979 Paul Splittorff 17
1978 Dennis Leonard 17
1972 Dick Drago 17
10 2012 Luke Hochevar 16
2011 Jeff Francis 16
2008 Brian Bannister 16
2005 Jose Lima 16
2002 Jeff Suppan 16
2001 Chad Durbin 16
1988 Bret Saberhagen 16
1969 Jim Rooker 16
Career Losses
Rank Player L
1 Paul Splittorff 143
2 Mark Gubicza 135
3 Dennis Leonard 106
4 Kevin Appier 92
5 Bret Saberhagen 78
Larry Gura 78
7 Tom Gordon 71
8 Dick Drago 70
9 Zack Greinke 67
10 Luke Hochevar 65

Single-Season ERA
Rank Year Player ERA
1 1972 Roger Nelson 2.08
2 2009 Zack Greinke 2.16
1989 Bret Saberhagen 2.16
4 1992 Kevin Appier 2.46
5 1993 Kevin Appier 2.56
6 1985 Charlie Leibrandt 2.69
7 1988 Mark Gubicza 2.70
8 1971 Mike Hedlund 2.71
9 1981 Larry Gura 2.72
1978 Larry Gura 2.72
Career ERA
Rank Player ERA
1 Dan Quisenberry 2.55
2 Steve Farr 3.05
3 Jeff Montgomery 3.20
4 Bret Saberhagen 3.21
5 Al Fitzmorris 3.46
6 Marty Pattin 2.70
7 Kevin Appier 3.49
8 Dick Drago 3.52
9 Doug Bird 3.56
10 Charlie Leibrandt 3.60

Single-Season Innings Pitched
Rank Year Player IP
1 1978 Dennis Leonard 294.2
2 1977 Dennis Leonard 292.2
3 1974 Steve Busby 292.1
4 1980 Larry Gura 283.1
5 1980 Dennis Leonard 280.1
6 1988 Mark Gubicza 269.2
7 1989 Bret Saberhagen 262.1
8 1978 Paul Splittorff 262
1973 Paul Splittorff 262
10 1988 Bret Saberhagen 260.2
Career Innings Pitched
Rank Player IP
1 Paul Splittorff 2,554.2
2 Mark Gubicza 2,218.2
3 Dennis Leonard 2,187
4 Kevin Appier 1,843.2
5 Larry Gura 1,701.1
6 Bret Saberhagen 1,660.1
7 Charlie Leibrandt 1,257
8 Tom Gordon 1,149.2
9 Dick Drago 1,134
10 Zack Greinke 1,108

Single-Season Complete Games
Rank Year Player CG
1 1977 Dennis Leonard 21
2 1978 Dennis Leonard 20
1974 Steve Busby 20
4 1975 Steve Busby 18
5 1980 Larry Gura 16
1976 Dennis Leonard 16
7 1987 Bret Saberhagen 15
1971 Dick Drago 15
9 1978 Paul Splittorff 13
10 1989 Bret Saberhagen 12
1981 Larry Gura 12
1979 Dennis Leonard 12
1973 Paul Splittorff 12
1972 Paul Splittorff 12
Career Complete Games
Rank Player CG
1 Dennis Leonard 103
2 Paul Splittorff 88
3 Bret Saberhagen 64
4 Larry Gura 61
5 Steve Busby 53
Dick Drago 53
7 Mark Gubicza 42
8 Al Fitzmorris 35
9 Charlie Leibrandt 34
10 Kevin Appier 32

Single-Season Shutouts
Rank Year Player SHO
1 1972 Roger Nelson 6
2 1979 Dennis Leonard 5
1977 Dennis Leonard 5
4 1989 Bret Saberhagen 4
1988 Mark Gubicza 4
1987 Bret Saberhagen 4
1980 Larry Gura 4
1978 Dennis Leonard 4
1974 Al Fitzmorris 4
1971 Dick Drago 4
1969 Bill Butler 4
Career Shutouts
Rank Player SHO
1 Dennis Leonard 23
2 Paul Splittorff 17
3 Mark Gubicza 16
4 Bret Saberhagen 14
Larry Gura 14
Al Fitzmorris 11
7 Kevin Appier 10
Charlie Leibrandt 10
Dick Drago 10
10 Steve Busby 7
Roger Nelson 7
Jim Rooker 7

Single-Season Strikeouts
Rank Year Player SO
1 1977 Dennis Leonard 244
2 2009 Zack Greinke 242
3 1996 Kevin Appier 207
4 1970 Bob Johnson 206
5 1974 Steve Busby 198
6 2013 James Shields 196
1997 Kevin Appier 196
8 1989 Bret Saberhagen 193
9 1993 David Cone 191
10 2016 Danny Duffy 188
Career Strikeouts
Rank Player SO
1 Kevin Appier 1,458
2 Mark Gubicza 1,366
3 Dennis Leonard 1,323
4 Bret Saberhagen 1,093
5 Paul Splittorff 1,057
6 Tom Gordon 999
7 Zack Greinke 931
8 Jeff Montgomery 720
9 Luke Hochevar 702
10 Steve Busby 659

Single-Season Saves
Rank Year Player SV
1 2013 Greg Holland 47
2 2014 Greg Holland 46
3 1993 Jeff Montgomery 45
1983 Dan Quisenberry 45
5 1984 Dan Quisenberry 44
6 2010 Joakim Soria 43
7 2008 Joakim Soria 42
8 1992 Jeff Montgomery 39
9 1985 Dan Quisenberry 37
10 1998 Jeff Montgomery 36
Career Saves
Rank Player SV
1 Jeff Montgomery 304
2 Dan Quisenberry 238
3 Joakim Soria 161
4 Greg Holland 145
5 Doug Bird 58
6 Roberto Hernandez 54
7 Mike MacDougal 50
8 Steve Farr 49
9 Wade Davis 47
9 Ted Abernathy 40

Single-Season Walks + Hits / IP
Rank Year Player WHIP
1 1972 Roger Nelson 0.871
2 1989 Bret Saberhagen 0.961
3 1981 Larry Gura 1.010
4 1985 Bret Saberhagen 1.058
5 1991 Bret Saberhagen 1.070
6 1994 David Cone 1.072
7 2009 Zack Greinke 1.073
8 1978 Larry Gura 1.096
9 1993 Kevin Appier 1.106
10 1977 Dennis Leonard 1.110
Career Walks + Hits / IP
Rank Player WHIP
1 Bret Saberhagen 1.134
2 Dan Quisenberry 1.150
3 Jeff Montgomery 1.233
4 Marty Pattin 1.233
5 Doug Bird 1.245
6 Kevin Appier 1.250
7 Larry Gura 1.253
8 Bud Black 1.259
9 Dennis Leonard 1.262
10 Zack Greinke 1.264