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Nationals Expos All-Time ERA Leaders
The Washington Nationals were the Montreal Expos from 1969 to 2004 and then moved to DC in 2005. The team, incredibly, has just one postseason appearance, that coming in the strike-shortened 1981 season. They also were in first place in 1994 when Bud Selig pulled the plug on the season in August. Tough luck, but that doesn’t mean the team hasn’t brought up some incredible talent over the years. What follows is a short list for the Expos/Nationals’ franchise of ERA leaders to date:
Tim Burke (2.61)—Tim Burke pitched in Montreal from 1985 to 1991, and he ranks first in the team’s history with a 2.61 ERA. Burke was mostly a relief pitcher in his career, and he had arguably his best overall season with the Expos in 1987. That year, he went 7-0 with a career best 1.19 ERA, 18 saves and 58 strikeouts in 91 innings.
Jeff Reardon (2.84)—Closer Jeff Reardon began his career with the Mets but blossomed after being traded to the Expos, and he played for them from 1981 to 1986. Reardon ranks second in franchise history with a 2.84 earned run average. His 1.74 career best ERA was with the Mets in 1979, but Reardon had possibly his best season in 1982 with Montreal. That year, he went 7-4 with a 2.06 ERA, 26 saves and 86 strikeouts in 109 innings pitched.
Ken Hill (3.04)—Ken Hill pitched in Montreal a short time, from 1992 to 1994, but he had some of his best seasons there. Hill ranks third in Expos/Nationals’ history with a 3.04 ERA, and his best season was arguably 1992. That year, Hill went 16-9 (tied career high in wins) with a career best 2.68 ERA and 150 strikeouts.
Pedro Martinez (3.06)—Pedro Martinez maybe had his best overall seasons in Boston, but he really started to become the pitcher he was in Montreal, where he played from 1994 to 1997. Martinez still ranks fourth in the team’s history with a 3.06 earned run average, and though his best season was with Boston in 1999, he had a Cy Young winning year in Montreal in 1997. That year, Martinez went 17-8 with a league-leading 1.90 ERA and 305 strikeouts in 241 innings of work. He also had a career high 13 complete games that season, which also led the NL.
Dennis Martinez (3.06)—Dennis Martinez was a steady, consistent pitcher and played for the Expos from 1986 to 1993. Martinez ranks tied for fourth with Pedro (not related) with a 3.06 ERA. His best season, arguably, was in 1991, when he went 14-11 with a career best 2.39 ERA (led the National League) and 123 strikeouts.