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San Diego Padres All-Time ERA Leaders
The San Diego Padres entered the league in 1969 as an expansion team along with the Montreal Expos (currently the Washington Nationals). The Padres have only made the playoffs five times and have two NL championships but zero World Series titles to date.
And while San Diego has been a hard luck franchise most of the time, they sure have put some great pitchers on the field. Here is a short list of the Padres’ all-time ERA leaders to date:
Trevor Hoffman (2.76)—Closer Trevor Hoffman began his career with Florida and is with the Milwaukee Brewers as I write this in 2010. But in between he became one of the game’s all-time great relief pitchers while playing for the Padres, where he pitched from 1993 to 2008. Hoffman has 591 saves and collected 552 of those with San Diego. He also leads the Padres all-time with a 2.76 ERA. Hoffman’s best season was 1998, when he helped lead the Padres to the World Series and finished second in the NL Cy Young voting. That year, Hoffman went 4-2 with a career best 1.48 ERA, 86 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched, and a career high (and NL leading) 53 saves.
Greg Harris (2.95)—Greg Harris pitched for San Diego from 1988 to 1993 and he ranks second in franchise history with a 2.95 earned run average. Harris had a 1.50 ERA in 1988 but that was only for three games. His best mark otherwise was a 2.23 mark set in 1991. That year, Harris also went 9-5 with 95 strikeouts.
Dave Roberts (2.99)—Dave Roberts was a journeyman pitcher who began his career with the Padres and pitched for them from 1969 to 1971. Roberts ranks third in Padres’ history with a 2.99 ERA, and his best season was arguably 1971. That season, Roberts went 14-17 on a team that was just 61-100. He also posted a career best 2.10 ERA and struck out a career high 135 batters.
Dave Dravecky (3.12)—Dave Dravecky pitched for San Diego from 1982 to 1987 and he ranks fourth in the team’s history with a 3.12 earned run average. Dravecky had a career best 2.57 ERA with the Padres in 1982, but his best overall season may have been 1985, when he went 13-11 with a 2.93 ERA and 105 strikeouts.
Craig Lefferts (3.24)—Craig Lefferts had two stints with the Padres, from 1984 to 1987, and again from 1990 to 1992. Lefferts ranks fifth in franchise history with a 3.24 ERA, and he had a career best 2.13 earned run average in 1984. But Lefferts’ best overall season was arguably 1990. That year, he went 7-5 with a 2.52 ERA, 60 strikeouts and 23 saves (tied career high).