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Milwaukee Brewers All-Time ERA Leaders
The Brewers have been a major league team since 1969, though the franchise was actually the Seattle Pilots for one season before moving to Milwaukee in 1970. And the team has no championships and only three playoff appearances in all that time, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t fielded some talented players. Here is a short list of the Brewers’ all-time ERA leaders to date:
Dan Plesac (3.21)—Dan Plesac began his career in Milwaukee and pitched for the Brewers from 1986 to 1992. He ranks first in team history with a 3.21 ERA and his career low in earned run average was a 2.35 mark in 1989, to go along with a career best 33 saves.
Chuck Crim (3.47)—Chuck Crim pitched for the Brewers from 1987 to 1991, and he ranks second in franchise history with a 3.47 ERA. Crim had his best season while with the Brewers, in 1989. That year, he had career best numbers in ERA (2.83), wins (9-7), and strikeouts (59).
Teddy Higuera (3.61)—Teddy Higuera pitched his entire (though injury-shortened) career for the Brewers, from 1985 to 1994. He ranks third in Brewers’ history with a 3.61 ERA, and also was runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year in 1985 and AL Cy Young in 1986. His career low earned run average was 2.45 in 1988, but Higuera’s best overall season was probably that 1986 season. That year, he went 20-11 (career high in wins) with a 2.79 ERA and 207 strikeouts.
Jim Colborn (3.65)—Jim Colborn pitched in Milwaukee from 1972 to 1976 and ranks fourth in the team’s history with a 3.65 ERA mark. Colborn’s best ERA with the Brewers was 3.11 in 1972. But his best overall season in a Milwaukee uniform was 1973. That year, Colborn went 20-12 (career high in wins), with a 3.18 ERA and 135 strikeouts (also a career best).
Lary Sorensen (3.72)—Lary Sorensen pitched for the Brewers from 1977 to 1980 and he ranks tied for fifth in franchise history with a 3.72 earned run average. Sorensen had his best overall season in Milwaukee, in 1978. That year, he had career best numbers in wins (18-12), ERA (3.21), and strikeouts (78).
Ben Sheets (3.72)—Ben Sheets began his career in Milwaukee and pitched there from 2001 to 2008. He ranks tied for fifth in Brewers’ history with Sorensen with a 3.72 ERA. Sheets’ best season was arguably 2004. That year, despite losing 14 games and going 12-14 overall, Sheets had career best numbers in ERA (2.70) and strikeouts (264).