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Seattle Mariners All-Time Strikeout Leaders
When you think of great Seattle Mariners pitchers (the franchise only began play in 1976), you think of The Big Unit, Randy Johnson. Johnson had some of his best seasons in Seattle, and was the anchor of their pitching staff for quite a while. He also leads the franchise in strikeouts, not surprisingly. Here is a list of the Mariners’ all-time Top 10 in that strikeout category:
Randy Johnson (2162)—The Big Unit began his career in Montreal and was traded in 1989 to Seattle, for among others, Mark Langston. Johnson blossomed in Seattle, going 130-74 with a 3.42 ERA and 2162 strikeouts in 1838 innings pitched. He won his first Cy Young Award there, in 1995. His career high as a Mariner was 308 K’s in 1993, but Johnson’s best overall season in Seattle was 1997 when he went 20-4 with a 2.28 earned run average and 291 strikeouts. And he’s still pitching as I write this in 2009, for the Giants at the tender age of 45, having recently notched his 300th career win.
Jamie Moyer (1239)—Like Johnson, Jamie Moyer is still pitching today, with he and the Big Unit being the two oldest players in baseball. But unlike Johnson, Moyer is a slow-ball pitcher, who has gotten by all these years on stuff and guts. Moyer pitched in Seattle for 11 years, from 1996 to 2006, and he ranks second in franchise history with 1239 strikeouts. Moyer won 20 games in 2001 and 21 games in 2003, but his career high in strikeouts was 158, also set with the Mariners, in 1998.
Mark Langston (1078)—It’s funny to think that Mark Langston was the big name in the trade that sent him to Montreal for Randy Johnson, but at the time Langston was the big name. He wound up signing with the Angels after only a few months in Montreal, but Langston began his career in Seattle in 1984 and played there until the trade in 1989. Langston was overpowering in his first few seasons, and ranks third in Seattle history with 1078 strikeouts. He had arguably his best season as a Mariner in 1987—going 19-13 with a 3.84 earned run average and career high 262 K’s.
Mike Moore (937)—Mike Moore played 14 seasons in the majors, seven of those with Seattle from 1982 to 1988, and he ranks fourth in the team’s history with 937 strikeouts. Moore racked up a career high 182 strikeouts in 1988 but went 9-15. His best overall season in a Mariners’ uniform was 1985, when he went 17-10 with a 3.46 ERA and 155 K’s.
Freddy Garcia (819)—Freddy Garcia began his major league career in Seattle after coming over from Houston in (another) Randy Johnson trade. Garcia pitched in Seattle from 1999 to 2004, and he ranks fifth in Mariners history with 819 strikeouts. Garcia had a career high 184 K’s for both Seattle and the White Sox in 2004, but his career best for one team was with the Mariners in 2002—when he struck out 181, going 16-10 with a 4.39 ERA.
Erik Hanson (740)—Erik Hanson pitched in Seattle for six seasons, from 1988 to 1993, and ranks sixth in franchise history with 740 strikeouts. Hanson had his best season in 1990 with the Mariners, going 18-9 with a 3.24 earned run average and career best 211 strikeouts.
Felix Hernandez (683)—Felix Hernandez has only been in the big leagues since 2005, all with Seattle, and he already ranks seventh in the Mariners’ history with 683 K’s. Hernandez had a career high 176 strikeouts in 2006, but his best season so far was 2007, going 14-7 with a 3.92 ERA and 165 strikeouts.
Joel Pineiro (658)—Joel Pineiro played for Seattle for the first seven years of his career, from 2000 to 2006, and he ranks eighth in team history with 658 strikeouts. Pineiro had his best season so far in 2003, going 16-11 (career high in wins) with a 3.78 ERA and career best 151 K’s.
Matt Young (597)—Matt Young pitched in Seattle from 1983 to 1986 and again in 1990, and ranks ninth in franchise history with 597 K’s. Young had good stuff but a 55-95 career record. And despite an 8-18 record in 1990, Young had a respectable 3.51 ERA and a career best 176 strikeouts.
Gil Meche (575)—Gil Meche began his career in Seattle, pitching there from 1999 to 2006, and he ranks tenth in Mariners’ team history with 575 strikeouts. Meche’s career best in strikeouts in a Mariners’ uniform was 156, set in 2006, when he also went 11-8 with a 4.48 earned run average.