Texas Rangers All-Time ERA Leaders
The Texas Rangers have been a major league franchise since 1961, when they entered the league as the Washington (DC) Senators. They then moved to Arlington, Texas (Dallas area) in 1972 and have been there since. The franchise has not yet won a title, but they sure have been competitive for much of their existence. Here is a short list of the Rangers’ all-time leaders in earned run average (ERA):
Gaylord Perry (3.26)—Gaylord Perry was one of the game’s all-time great pitchers, and he pitched for the Rangers for a short time, from 1975-77 and briefly in 1980. Perry ranks first in team history with a 3.26 ERA. His best season with the Rangers was 1976, when Perry went 15-14 with a 3.24 ERA and 143 strikeouts. His best ERA number came with the Indians in 1972, a 1.92 mark.
Dick Bosman (3.35)—Dick Bosman pitched for this team as both the Senators and Rangers, from 1966 to 1973. He ranks second in franchise history with a 3.35 ERA, and his best mark was in just 7 games in 1967, a 1.75 earned run average. Bosman’s best overall season was with the Senators in 1969. That year, he went 14-5 with an American League best 2.19 ERA, and 99 strikeouts.
Jon Matlack (3.41)—Jon Matlack may have had his best years with the Mets, but he ranks third in Rangers’ history with a 3.41 ERA, pitching for them from 1978 to 1983. Matlack had a career best 2.27 mark with the Rangers in 1978, and that year he also went 15-13 with 157 strikeouts.
Nolan Ryan (3.43)—The great Nolan Ryan pitched for the Rangers in the twilight of his career, and still was blowing hitters away deep into his 40’s. Ryan pitched for Texas from 1989 to 1993 and ranks fourth in the team’s history with a 3.43 ERA. Ryan had a 1.69 ERA for the Astros in 1981, but his best overall season for the Rangers was 1991. That year, he went 12-6 with a 2.91 earned run average, and 203 strikeouts in 173 innings of work, all at the tender age of 44. Currently, Ryan is the owner of the team.
Claude Osteen (3.46)—Claude Osteen pitched in Washington from 1961 to 1964, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with a 3.46 ERA. Osteen’s best season in a Senators’ uniform was 1964, when he went 15-13 with a 3.33 ERA and 133 strikeouts.