Detroit Tigers: Top 10 Starting Pitchers of All Time
Sep 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tiger former player
and bench coach
(22) before the game against the Chicago White Sox Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
7. Mickey Lolich
Those who remember the 1968 World Series remember Mickey Lolich as the left-handed pitcher who won Game Seven. While Denny McLain was the MVP and Cy Young winner, it was Lolich who shocked the fans and dominated the mound. McLain lost two of the three games he started in the World Series, as he went against the St. Louis Cardinals’ Bob Gibson in two of the games. Lolich was not stumped by Gibson and defeated him in the finale, where he pitched a complete game. Lolich became the MVP of the 1968 World Series with his 1.67 ERA, 21 strikeouts, and a 3-0 record.
During his 13 years with the Tigers, he went to the All-Star game twice, received Cy Young nominations twice, and MVP votes three times. He finished his career with 3.45 ERA. His best year was 1971 where he led the league in wins, starts, complete games, strikeouts, and batters faced. He still leads the Tigers with 2,679 strikeouts, 39 shutouts, and 459 games started.
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