Best Franchise All-Time Pitching Staffs

What if you could pick a starting rotation for your favotite team from all the pitchers who have ever played for them? A Franchise All-Time Staff, if you will?

We decided to do just that, and rank them from first to worst. We weighed several factors: effectiveness, years with the team, honors, championships, and so on. We chose to pick pitchers who played primarily after 1900, so you won’t see the old-timey 1870s or 1890s pitchers.

For the most part, I think we got it right. Now, let’s see the five-man pitching staffs for each franchise.

1. Boston Red Sox

Pedro Martinez

1998-2004

Roger Clemens

1984-1996

Cy Young

1901-1908

Lefty Grove

1934-1941

Luis Tiant

1971-1978
2. Atlanta Braves*

Greg Maddux

1993-2003

Warren Spahn

1942, 1946-1964

Phil Niekro

1964-1983, 1987
*Includes Boston & Milwaukee

Tom Glavine

1987-2002, 2008

John Smoltz

1988-2008
3. Philadelphia Phillies

Robin Roberts

1948-1961

Pete Alexander

1911-1917, 1930

Steve Carlton

1972-1986

Curt Schilling

1992-2000

Cole Hamels

2006-2015
4. Los Angeles Dodgers*

Sany Koufax

1955-1966

Clayton Kershaw

2008-

Don Drysdale

1956-1969
*Includes Brooklyn

Dazzy Vance

1922-1932, 1935

Don Sutton

1966-1980, 1988
5. Cleveland Indians

Bob Feller

1936-1941, 1945-1956

Stan Coveleski

1916-1924

Bob Lemon

1946-1958

Sam McDowell

1961-1971

Mel Harder

1928-1947
6. Oakland Athletics*

Lefty Grove

1925-1933

Eddie Plank

1901-1914

Chief Bender

1903-1914
*Includes Philadelphia & Kansas City

Vida Blue

1969-1977

Tim Hudson

1999-2004
7. Minnesota Twins*

Walter Johnson

1907-1927

Bert Blyleven

1970-1976, 1985-1988

Johan Santana

2000-2007
*Includes Washington Senators

Frank Viola

1982-1989

Brad Radke

1995-2006
8. San Francisco Giants*

Christy Mathewson

1900-1916

Carl Hubbell

1928-1943

Juan Marichal

1960-1973
*Includes New York Giants

Gaylord Perry

1962-1971

Madison Bumgarner

2009-2019
9. Chicago Cubs

Ferguson Jenkins

1966-1973, 1982-1983

Mordecai Brown

1904-1912, 1916

Pete Alexander

1918-1926

Greg Maddux

1986-1992, 2004-2006

Rick Reuschel

1972-1981, 1983-1984
10. Chicago White Sox

Big Ed Walsh

1904-1916

Red Faber

1914-1933

Ted Lyons

1923-1942, 1946

Eddie Cicotte

1912-1920

Wilbur Wood

1967-1978
11. Detroit Tigers

Justin Verlander

2005-2017

Hal Newhouser

1939-1953

Mickey Lolich

1963-1975

Tommy Bridges

1930-1943, 1945-1946

Jack Morris

1977-1990
12. New York Yankees

Whitey Ford

1950, 1953-1967

Andy Pettitte

1995-2003, 2007-2013

Ron Guidry

1975-1988

Lefty Gomez

1930-1942

Red Ruffing

1930-1942, 1945-1946
13. New York Mets

Tom Seaver

1967-1977, 1983

Dwight Gooden

1984-1994

Jacob deGrom

2014-

Jerry Koosman

1967-1978

Sid Fernandez

1984-1993
14. Seattle Mariners

Randy Johnson

1989-1998

Félix Hernández

2005-2019

Jamie Moyer

1997-2006

Mark Langston

1984-1989

Freddy García

1999-2004
15. Baltimore Orioles*

Jim Palmer

1965-1984

Mike Mussina

1991-2000

Urban Shocker

1918-1924
*Includes St. Louis Browns

Dave McNally

1962-1974

Jack Powell

1902-1903, 1906-1912
16. St. Louis Cardinals

Bob Gibson

1959-1975

Dizzy Dean

1930, 1932-1937

Harry Brecheen

1940, 1943-1952

Adam Wainwright

2005-

Jesse Haines

1920-1937
17. Los Angeles Angels*

Nolan Ryan

1972-1979

Chuck Finley

1986-1999

Frank Tanana

1973-1980
*Includes California and Anaheim

Mark Langston

1990-1997

Jered Weaver

2006-2016
18. Houston Astros

Roy Oswalt

2001-2010

J.R. Richard

1971-1980

Nolan Ryan

1980-1988

Mike Scott

1983-1991

Larry Dierker

1964-1976
19. Washington Nationals*

Max Scherzer

2015-

Pedro Martinez

1994-1997

Steve Rogers

1973-1985
*Includes Montreal Expos

Dennis Martinez

1986-1993

Stephen Strasburg

2010-
20. Arizona Diamondbacks

Randy Johnson

1999-2004, 2007-2008

Curt Schilling

2000-2003

Zack Greinke

2016-2019

Brandon Webb

2003-2009

Dan Haren

2008-2010
21. Toronto Blue Jays

Roy Halladay

1998-2009

Roger Clemens

1997-1998

Dave Stieb

1979-1992, 1998

Jimmy Key

1984-1992

Pat Hentgen

1991-1999, 2004
22. Pittsburgh Pirates

Babe Adams

1907-1916, 1918-1926

Wilbur Cooper

1912-1924

Bob Friend

1951-1965

Sam Leever

1898-1910

John Candelaria

1975-1985, 1993
23. Cincinnati Reds

Bucky Walters

1938-1948

Eppa Rixey

1921-1933

Dolf Luque

1918-1929

José Rijo

1988-1995, 2001-2002

Noodles Hahn

1899-1905
24. Kansas City Royals

Bret Saberhagen

1984-1991

Zack Greinke

2004-2010

Kevin Appier

1989-1999, 2003-2004

Mark Gubicza

1984-1996

Dennis Leonard

1974-1986
25. San Diego Padres

Jake Peavy

2002-2009

Andy Ashby

1993-1999, 2004

Andy Benes

1989-1995

Randy Jones

1973-1980

Bruce Hurst

1989-1993
26. Texas Rangers*

Kevin Brown

1986, 1988-1994

Nolan Ryan

1989-1993

Fergie Jenkins

1974-1975, 1978-1981
*Includes Washington Senators expansion team from 1961

Yu Darvish

2012-2017

Charlie Hough

1980-1990
27. Miami Marlins*

Kevin Brown

1996-1997

Josh Johnson

2005-2012

Dontrelle Willis

2003-2007
*Includes Florida

José Fernández

2013-2016

Aníbal Sánchez

2006-2012
28. Tampa Bay Rays

David Price

2008-2014

Blake Snell

2016-2020

James Shields

2006-2012

Scott Kazmir

2004-2009

Alex Cobb

2011-2017
29. Milwaukee Brewers*

Teddy Higuera

1985-1994

Ben Sheets

2001-2008

Mike Caldwell

1977-1984
*Includes Seattle Pilots

Chris Bosio

1986-1992

Bill Wegman

1985-1995
30. Colorado Rockies

Ubaldo Jiménez

2006-2011

Aaron Cook

2002-2011

Jorge De La Rosa

2008-2016

Jhoulys Chacín

2009-2014

Kyle Freeland

2017-
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