Zack Greinke leaves Milwaukee with the franchise’s best winning percentage

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Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Zack Greinke was traded by the Brewers to the Angels last Friday. He left Milwaukee with a 9-3 record in 21 starts and a 3.44 ERA in 2012. Last season he went 16-6. He also leaves the Brewers with a perfect 15-0 record at Miller Park. Ironically, he lost his first start at Angels Stadium for his new team as the Angels fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 in Greinke’s first start with the Angels.

Greinke’s 25-9 career record with the Brewers is the best winning percentage by a pitcher with 25 or more wins with the franchise. Greinke and Pete Vukovich are the only two pitchers who won more than 60% of their games with the ballclub.

Following is a look at the pitchers who have had the best winning percentage in a Brewers uniform since 1969 (minimum of 25 wins with the Brewers to qualify for the list).

Best winning percentage by a Milwaukee Brewers pitcher

Zack Greinke 25-9 .735

Pete Vukovich 40-26 .606

Teddy Higuera 94-64 .595

Yovani Gallardo 61-42 .592

Chris Narveson 26-18 .591

Juan Nieves 32-25 .561

Mike Caldwell 102-80 .560

Jeff D’Amico 29-24 .547

Moose Haas 91-79 .535

Lary Sorensen 52-46 .531

Don August 34-30 .531

The worst career winning percentage of a Brewers pitcher with 25 or more wins with the team? Skip Lockwood, who pitched for the team from 1969-73, is the only pitcher who won less than 40% of his games. Lockwood was 28-55 (.337 winning percentage) during his career in Milwaukee. Next on the list is current Brewers pitcher Manny Parra. He is 25-33 (.431 winning percentage) during his career with the Brewers.

In addition to sitting atop the above category, Greinke is the only Brewers pitcher in history to win over 50% of the games he pitched in. Greinke had 25 wins in 49 games pitched with the Brewers.

If we lower the qualifying number of wins from 25 wins to 10 wins with the Brewers, Greinke would be in the second spot for best winning percentage by a Brewers hurler. The leader? Another of the “rent-a-pitcher” additions to the pitching staff in the past couple of years, C.C. Sabathia.  He pitched 17 games for the Brewers in 2008, going 11-2 in those games, a .846 winning percentage.

Other Brewers pitchers who won 10 or more games with the Brewers and have/had a .600 or better winning percentage: Hideo Nomo (12-8, .600); Jerry Bell (17-11, .607); Curtis Leskanic (15-9, .625); Shaun Marcum (18-10, .643); Diego Segui (12-6, .667); Braden Looper (14-7, .667); Tom Tellman (15-7, .682); Claudio Vargas (13-6, .684); Alberto Reyes (10-4, .714); Mike Ignasiak (10-4, .714).

The Brewers pitcher with the most wins and no losses in his career with the team? Mike McClendon and Odell Jones are both at 5-0.

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