Formerly the Montreal Expos, the Washington Nationals franchise has been Major League Baseball’s least successful organization. In 42 seasons, the Nationals/Expos have reached the playoffs only once are are one of only three teams to have never won a pennant. Their lack of success has generally been no fault of the pitchers, as the Nationals have a lifetime ERA of 3.93. The Washington Nationals’ all-time wins leaders include All-Star starters Steve Rogers and Dennis Martinez.
5. Steve Renko: 68 wins
Steve Renko had a solid career spanning 15 years and 2,494 innings and he ranks fifth on the Washington Nationals’ all-time wins leaders list. Renko started his career with the Expos’ inaugural 1969 season. He remained with the club through 1976, totaling 1,359.1 innings and 810 strikeouts with a 3.90 ERA. He won 15 games twice and earned double-digit victories four times in eight seasons with the Nationals organization.
4. Bill Gullickson: 72 wins
Spending the most successful stint of his career in Montreal, right-hander Bill Gullickson ranks fourth among the Washington Nationals’ all-time wins leaders. Over the course of seven seasons with the Expos from 1979 to 1985, Gullickson tossed 1,186.1 innings with an ERA of 3.44. He was one of the Expos’ most consistent pitchers of the 1980s, winning double-digit games five times with a 17-win campaign in 1983. He pitched for four other teams for the last seven years of his career to reach 162 career victories, including a 20-win season with the Tigers in 1991.
3. Bryn Smith: 81 wins
Bryn Smith pitched nine seasons in Montreal and ranks third on the Washington Nationals’ all-time wins leaders list. Smith broke into the Major Leagues as a reliever for the Expos in 1981 and 1982. He moved into the starting rotation in 1983 and served in the role full-time from 1984 to 1989. For each of those last six seasons, Smith won double-digit games for the Expos. He topped out at 18 wins with a 2.91 ERA in 222.1 innings in 1985.
2. Dennis Martinez: 100 wins
Dennis Martinez won more than 100 games in both the AL and NL and he ranks second among the Washington Nationals’ all-time wins leaders. Martinez spent his first 11 seasons in Baltimore and won 108 games for the Orioles before joining the Nationals franchise. From 1986 to 1993, he threw 1,609 innings with Montreal and enjoyed the best success of his career. Martinez made three straight All-Star teams with the Expos in the early 1990s. In 1991, he led the NL with a 2.39 ERA in 222 innings. As a member of the Expos, he posted a 100-72 record with a 3.06 ERA.
1. Steve Rogers: 158 wins
Five-time All-Star Steve Rogers is the Washington Nationals’ all-time wins leader. Rogers spent his entire career in an Expos’ uniform from 1973 to 1985. Rogers was one of the greatest pitchers to play for the Nationals as he earned five All-Star selections in his 13 Major League seasons. He topped the 15-win mark five times and reached double-figures in W’s ten times. Rogers also owns three of the five postseason wins in Nationals’ history. He carried the pitching staff on the 1981 Expos team that made the first and only playoff appearance in franchise history.
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