Detroit Tigers History Part 6: 1951-1960

Detroit Tigers History

Welcome back finally to the History of the Tigers series. I’m sorry that I stopped posting this back in September but now I am going to finish it before the MLB Season starts. This post will focus on the Detroit Tigers history from 1951-1960. To stay updated on future posts, follow my Twitter here and like my Facebook page here. To see all of the Detroit Tigers history posts, click here.

Detroit Tigers History 1951-1954: Tough Years

In 1951, the Tigers finished 8 games under .500, a huge change from the 95 win team of 1950. They did not change any staff besides adding Paul Williams to the radio booth along Ty Tyson. The Tigers also hosted the All-Star game, as it was the City of Detroit’s 250th birthday in 1951. George Kell was their best hitter with a .319 average, 2 homers, 59 RBI and 36 doubles. Fred Hutchinson was their top pitcher with a 10-10 record and a 3.68 ERA.

In 1952, the had the second-worst season in team history with a record of 50-104. Walter Briggs Jr. became the owner of the team after his dad died in January before the regular season started. Charlie Gehringer became the GM of the team, and Fred Hutchinson, a player, took over for Red Rolfe in July. These were clearly not the best times for the Tigers. Van Patrick became the TV and radio commentator. Walt Dropo may have only hit .279, but he was clearly the best power hitter on the team with 23 homers and 70 RBI. And Hal Newhowser was their best pitcher with a 9-9 record and 3.74 ERA. Virgil Trucks threw 2 no-hitters but had a horrendous 5-19 record.

1953 was another rough one for the Tigers. They went 60-94, 6th in the American League. Dizzy Trout joined the radio booth with Van Patrick. Ray Boone was the top hitter with a .312 average, 22 homers and 93 RBI. Ned Garver was their best pitcher with an 11-11 record and 4.45 ERA. Al Kaline started his career this season, only appearing in 30 games and hitting .250.

1954 was yet another hard season for the Tigers, but every year since 1951 they were making slight progress. The team went 68-86 and hired Muddy Ruel as their new GM. Harvey Kuenn was the team’s top hitter with a .306 average, 5 homers and 48 RBI. Steve Gromek was their top pitcher with an 18-16 record and 2.74 ERA. Following Al Kaline more, he hit .276 with 4 homers and 43 RBI.

Detroit Tigers History 1955-1960

In 1955, the Tigers finally got back to a winning record, going 79-75. This was Buck Harris’s first year as the manager of the team, and he proved to be better than Frank Hutchinson. Al Kaline had his breakout season, hitting .340 with 27 home runs and 102 RBI. Steve Gromek led the way pitching with a 13-10 record and a 3.98 ERA. The Tigers were finally starting to look like a team that could compete for titles, and they had found their star player.

1956 was another good year for the Tigers, but they still did not have enough power to beat the Yankees. Fred Knorr and John Fetzer joined Walter Briggs Jr. in owning the team. They finished 5th, with an 82-72 record. Harvey Kuenn was the top hitter on the team with a .332 average, 12 homers and 88 RBI. Frank Lary was their best pitcher with a 21-13 record and 3.15 ERA.

In 1957, Walter Briggs Jr. and John McHale became GM’s of the team. Briggs no longer was a part owner of the team. Jack Tighe also became the manager. They finished 78-76, good for 4th in the AL. Al Kaline hit .295 with 23 homers and 90 RBI, while Jim Bunning went 20-8 with a 2.69 ERA.

1958 was a year in which the Tigers finished exactly at .500, with a 77-77 record, 5th in the AL. Bill Norman took over as manager mid-season for Jack Tighe, and Walter Briggs Jr. was no longer a GM with John McHale.  Al Kaline batted .313 with 16 homers and 85 RBI. Leading the pitchers was Frank Lary with a 16-15 record and 2.90 ERA.

In 1959, the Tigers started 2-15 and fired Bill Norman on May 2. Jimmy Dykes took over as the new manager, and he helped the team recover to a 76-78 record, 4th in the AL. Rick Ferrell and Bill DeWitt took over the GM spot. Al Kaline batted .327 with 27 homers and 94 RBI, and Don Mossi went 17-9 with a 3.36 ERA.

We finish this post in 1960. Bill DeWitt was now the only owner on the team, and as a result of a trade and travel issues, the Tigers had 3 managers in one year. On August 3rd, the Tigers traded Jimmy Dykes, their manager, to the Cleveland Indians for Joe Gordon! Billy Hitchcock, the third manager the Tigers had that season, was their interim manager for 1 game after the trade of managers happened because Joe Gordon had not yet arrived yet. The 1960s ended on a high note, however, as Ernie Harwell joined the radio booth, and we know how great he became. The Tigers went 71-83, 6th in the AL. Norm Cash was their best hitter with a .286 average, 18 homers, and 63 RBI. And Frank Lary led the pitching with a 15-15 record and 3.51 ERA.

Thanks for reading this History of the Tigers post and I hope you read the next one next Friday!

Gerrit Cole to the Astros Could Make the AL A Crazy League In 2018

Gerrit Cole, formerly on the Pirates, was traded to the already stacked rotation of the Houston Astros. Cole will join Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers for next season. The Pirates got 4 players in return, but none of them are big names like Cole. This could make the American League interesting, as the loaded bats the Yankees have, with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo   Stanton, and Didi Gregorius could end up facing the Astros in the ALCS once again. I don’t know who I would pick yet, but I will have an MLB predictions article coming out before the season starts, and possibly another article about offseason changes such as coaching, free agents, and trades.  I will also be bringing back Tigers week in review, and I will try my best to stay updated every week. If you enjoyed this short article, like my facebook page here and follow my Twitter here.

The Stephen Piscotty Trade That Isn’t All About Baseball

On Thursday, the Cardinals shipped right fielder Stephen Piscotty to the Oakland A’s for 2 minor leaguers. The deal wasn’t only made because the Cardinals wanted prospects, but also so Piscotty could play closer to his mom, who was diagnosed with ALS in May. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Piscotty grew up in California and went to Stanford for college. He missed some time last season after his mom was diagnosed. In days leading up to the trade, there had been reports of him being shipped to either the A’s or Giants.

He said, “The thought of playing at home is a dream, and to be close to my mom and family is priceless.”

Piscotty has 38 home runs, 163 RBI’s, and a .262 average. But the trade is not just about how good he is, but about how he will now be able to spend more time with his family.

MLB The Show 18 Wishlist

MLB The Show 18 will be the next installment in the MLB The Show series. It will be released on March 27, 2018, for the PS4. Today we are going to be looking at some of the things I want to see in the next MLB game. Make sure to like my facebook here and follow my Twitter here. Thank you.

Stadium Builder

In some games, the littlest things can be what makes them good. This is often the case for sports games. In NBA2k, you can create a stadium with community uploads on the court, change the seats, and put text on your court. This would be a great thing for MLB to add to Diamond Dynasty, where you can customize both the stadium’s seats and sights, and the field. They could also add a community upload system so you can put images on your field and jerseys.

FIxed Gameplay

One of the reasons MLB The Show gets stale to play and boring within little time playing is because of the glitches and scripting in gameplay. Whether its a dropped fly ball, a missed grounder, or the catcher missing the ball, there are plenty of ways that you can blow a game without doing anything wrong. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) needs to rethink some of their animations and mechanics, even though they did a lot of rethinking to these things last year. The game will be so much more enjoyable if the animations are fair and smooth.

More Pack Choice In the Store

MLB The Show 17 has not offered many different packs that you can buy all the time. While they have some packs that are released and available for a limited time, they only have one pack that is permanently in the store, which is the standard pack and is not very good, usually giving you nothing better than a silver (80-84) player. If there were more expensive packs always around in the store that gave better items, I would consider opening more packs. Another idea would be guaranteed packs, like packs that guarantee a gold player, or special series like a flashback. Even if these packs cost more stubs, they would make opening packs more worth it.

Pack Rewards

Something to go with the idea of more packs is a system that would reward you based on the number of packs you open. Whether you get rewarded by reaching a certain number of opened packs, or monthly rewards with different tiers, this would be a great thing to add that would once again make opening packs more worth the while.

3 Inning Ranked Seasons

And finally, shorter Ranked Seasons games. Ranked Seasons was the new mode in MLB The Show 17 where you played 9 inning games and your rating went up or down based on if you won or lost, and got rewards based on your rating at the end of each season. But the 9 inning games drag sometimes, so 3 inning games would make the games more interesting and make every play crucial.

Thank you for reading this article and if you enjoyed, stay tuned for more news about MLB The Show, other video games, and sports news.

History of the Tigers 5: 1941-1950. A Second Title!

Today will be the fifth post in the History of the Tigers series, and we will be looking at the years 1941-1950. To stay updated on new posts and sports news, follow my Twitter, and like my Facebook page.


In 1941, the Tigers finished tied for 4th in the AL, and they were 26 games behind the first place Yankees. Barney McCosky was their best hitter, with a .324 average, 3 home runs and 55 RBI’s. Their best pitcher was Al Benton, with a record of 15-6 and 2.97 ERA. At the end of the 1942 season, the Tigers were 5th, with a record 8 games under the .500 mark. Once again the Yankees won the AL. Barney McCosky hit .293 with 7 home runs and 50 RBI’s, and Virgil Trucks had a record of 14-8 and a 2.74 ERA. In the 1943 season, the Tiger hired Steve O’Neill as their manager. They finished 5th again, but this time they were 2 games over .500. The Yankees won the AL again. Dick Wakefield hit .316 with 7 homers and 79 RBI’s, while Tommy Bridges had a record of 12-7 and a 2.39 ERA.


In 1944 the Tigers finished 2nd in the AL, just one game behind the St. Louis Browns. They finished with a record of 88-66. Their best hitter was Dick Wakefield, with an average of .355, 12 homers, and 55 RBI’s. Pitching was led by Hal Newhouser, with a 29-9 record and a 2.22 ERA. He was named the American League MVP.

In 1945, the Tigers won their 2nd World Series title! They beat the Chicago Cubs in 7 games to claim the championship. Roy Collinbine lead the team in hitting with a .277 average, 18 homers and 93 RBI’s.  In the pitching category, Hal Newhouser was amazing again, with a 25-9 record and a 1.81 ERA, winning his second consecutive MVP.


In 1946, the Tigers had a great record, they just didn’t win the pennant because the Boston Red Sox had an amazing season. The Tigers finished with a record of 92-62, but they were still 12 games behind the Red Sox. Hank Greenberg returned to the Tigers in 1945 after World War II service, and in 1946 he had a power season. He hit .277 with 44 home runs and 127 RBI’s. Hal Newhouser pitched well again, with a 26-9 record and a 1.94 ERA. In 1947, the Tigers had another winning season, but they were still 12 games behind the Yankees. They were on local television for the first time, on WWDT with Harry Heilmann, Ty Tyson, and Paul Wilson. George Kell hit .320 5 home runs and 93 RBI’s. Hal Newhouser had a 17-17 record and a 2.87 ERA. The next season, the Tigers fell all the way to 5th place in the AL.  They changed their TV station to WWJ, but they had the same commentators. They were 78-76, and 18.5 games behind the Indians. Hoot Evers had a .314 average, 10 home runs and 103 RBI’s. On the pitching side, Hal Newhouser had a 21-12 record and a 3.01 ERA.


In the second to last season of this post, the Tiger finished fourth. They hired Red Rolfe to be their new manager. They were 20 games over .500 and 10 games behind the pennant winning Yankees. Vic Wertz had a .304 average 20 home runs and 133 RBI’s. Hal Newhouser once again was the Tigers best pitcher, with an 18-11 record and a 3.36 ERA. In the final season of this post, the Tigers were close to winning the AL season all year, but they ended up finishing three games behind the championship winning Yankees. George Kell was the best hitter again, with a .340 average 8 home runs and 101 RBI’s, and Fred Hutchinson had a 17-8 record and a 3.96 ERA.

Thank you for reading the 5th part of this History of the Tigers series and make sure to read the next post next Friday, covering the years 1951-1960!

History of the Tigers 4: 1931-1940. World Series Victory!

In today’s History of the Tigers, we will be looking at the years 1931-1940, when the Tigers finally broke through to win a World Series. Make sure that you check out my previous posts about the History of the Tigers here, follow my Twitter, and like my facebook page.


In 1931, the Tigers did not have a successful season, as they finished 32 games under .500, and they also were 47 games out of first place, in seventh place in the American League. Their best hitter statistically was John “Rocky” Stone, with an average of .327, 10 homers and 76 RBI’s. Their best pitcher was George Uhle, with a record of 11-12 and an ERA of 3.50. In 1932, the Tigers finished over .500 with a record of 76-75, but they were still 29.5 games behind the first place Yankees. Gee Walker hit very well, with an average of .323, 8 homers and 78 RBI’s. Tommy Bridges was their best pitcher, with a record of 14-12 and an ERA of 3.36. In 1933, the Tigers fired manager Bucky Harris during the season and made third base coach Del Baker interim manager for the remainder of the season. They finished 4 games under .500, and 25 games behind the Washington Senators. Charlie Gehringer was their best hitter, with an average of .325, 12 homers and 105 RBI’s. Tommy Bridges once again went 14-12 and had an ERA of 3.09.


In 1934, the Tigers hired a new manager, and they immediately saw that they had picked a great leader. Mickey Cochrane was a competitive manager who was also a great catcher. The Tiger won the American League, and they won 101 games. They also were broadcast on a second radio station for the first season. Unfortunately, the Tigers lost in the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in 7 games. Charlie Gehringer hit .356 with 11 homers and 127 RBI’s, and Schoolboy Rowe went 24-8 with an ERA of 3.45. In 1935, the Tigers broke through to win their first World Series ever. In the regular season, they won 93 games, and they beat the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, 4 games to 2. Hank Greenberg hit .328, belted 36 home runs and drove in 170 runs. Elden Auker had a record of 18-7 and a 3.83 ERA.


In 1936, Walter Briggs Sr. became the Detroit Tigers full owner. He had been a part owner of the Tigers since 1919, and in 1936 he became the sole owner. The Tigers finished 12 games over .500, but they were still 19.5 games out of first place. Charlie Gehringer hit .354 with 15 homers and 116 RBI’s. In pitching, Schoolboy Rowe had a 19-10 record and a 4.51 ERA. In 1937, the Tigers continued their run of winning seasons, as they won 89 games, but once again the Yankees beat them out in the American League. Charlie Gehringer once again had an amazing season, batting .371 with 14 homers and 96 RBI’s. Elden Auker was their best pitcher, with a 17-9 record and a 3.88 ERA. In the 1938 season, the Tigers won 84 games and lost 70, and Hank Greenberg competed for the single season home run record. He had 58 homers going into the final weekend, but he couldn’t hit enough to tie or beat Babe Ruth’s then-record of 60. He was the first player to win the American League MVP unanimously though. He hit .315 with 58 home runs and 146 RBI’s. In the pitching category, Tommy Bridges had a 13-9 record and an ERA of 4.59.


In the penultimate season of this decade, 1939, the Tigers once again had a record of 84-70 and were fourth in the AL. Hank Greenberg was their best hitter again, with a .312 average, 33 home runs and 112 RBI’s. Tommy Bridges was their best pitcher again, with a record of 17-7 and a 3.50 ERA. In the final season of this post’s coverage, the Tigers were the American League Champions with a record of 90-64, just 1 game ahead of the Cleveland Indians and 2 games ahead of the New York Yankees. Del Baker became their manager. However, they lost in the World Series 4 games to 3 to the Cincinnati Reds. Hank Greenberg hit .340 with 41 home runs and 150 RBI’s, and Bobo Newsome had a record of 21-5 and a 2.83 ERA.

Thank you for reading the  4th History of the Tigers post and make sure you stay tuned for the next one coming out next Friday.

Rich Hill’s Near No Hitter Ends Up Being a Loss

Last night, Rich Hill, starting left-handed pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, had a no hitter through 9 innings. The problem was, the Dodgers’ offense couldn’t back him up with any runs. So the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates went into extra innings. Then, in the bottom of the 10th inning, Pirate Josh Harrison hit a home run with no one on and no one out, becoming the first player to break up a no hitter with a walk off homer. Hill also had a perfect game bid going into the 9th inning, but Logan Forsythe couldn’t handle Jory Mercer’s grounder to 3rd. Hill has had a long career of injuries and team changes, but he took the blame for the loss because of one bad pitch.

Hill was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 4th round of the 2002 draft, after playing college baseball at the University of Michigan. He made his debut in the MLB on June 15, 2005. He pitched 1 inning of relief and got his first major league strike out against Carlos Delgado. Hill made his first start against the Giants, starting because Kerry Wood was injured. In his career, his record is 47-33, and he has an ERA of 3.99. He has struck out 738  batters in his career. He has played for the Cubs, Orioles, Cardinals, Red Sox, Indians, Angels, Yankees, Nationals, Athletics, and Dodgers.

I hope that the Dodgers win the World Series this year because they have veteran players that have never won the World Series and they are my favorite National League team. Right now, I’ll just say that I predict a Dodgers-Yankees World Series, but I will be doing a full post on predicting the MLB Playoffs when the Wild Card games are over.

MLB The Show 17: Road to the Show Mode Review

MLB The Show 17 is a video game available on PlayStation 4. (Because Sony is the publisher of this game, it is not available on any other company’s gaming console.) My favorite game mode is Road to the Show. Today we are going to be reviewing the Road to the Show mode. Please follow my twitter and like my facebook page.

In Road to the Show (RTTS), you create your own professional baseball player, play in the Topps Amateur Showcase where you get scouted and determine your draft potential, and then get drafted to a major league team.You then play in their farm system and the better you perform, the faster you get called up to the majors. You get training points every game based on how you hit, ran, and fielded. You can then spend those training points to upgrade your stats.

This year, there was a new feature added to RTTS. There are cutscenes where your manager, hitting coach, and agent can talk to you, and you get different responses that you can choose based on what you want your character’s personality to be. You can also buy equipment, which will give your player better stats. You can buy bats, gloves, cleats, shin guards, compression sleeves, and even rituals that all make your player perform better!

The character that I created is a left fielder for the Toronto Blue Jays. I was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays and then traded to the Blue Jays. I am in 2018, which is my third season.  (You can continue using characters from previous versions of MLB The Show game on the next year’s version.) I am using the character that I created on MLB The Show 16  on MLB The Show 17. Since my character is in his 3rd season, I will have to play 3 more seasons before I become a free agent.

My favorite part of RTTS mode is the fact that you get to play in the minors and work yourself up to the majors, just like real players. I also love playing at all the different stadiums and doing bat flips when I hit a long home run.

Road to the Show is my favorite mode in MLB The Show and is the most creative mode in the game.

My Favorite Anything: MLB Rookie

Today we are going to be looking at who my favorite MLB Rookie is this season. Make sure you follow my twitter and like my facebook page. Thank you!

My favorite MLB Rookie is Aaron Judge because: (1) he is a power hitter, and (2) watching the home run derby, he seemed like one of the best guys out there and he was very modest about winning. He also has hit 37 home runs, while also batting .288 and leading the Yankees to a record of 65-56, good enough for 1st in the Wild Card, 3.5 games ahead of the Twins. One of the reasons why he is so powerful is because he is so tall. He is 6′ 7″, and he weighs 282 pounds. But because of his height, it doesn’t look like he weighs that much. Also, most of that is muscle.

Judge was born on April 26th, 1992 in Linden, California. In high school, Judge played pitcher and first base in baseball, wide receiver in football, and center in basketball. He received many offers to play tight end in college, from teams like Notre Dame, Stanford, and UCLA, but he decided to play baseball. He was drafted in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB Draft, but he chose to play at Fresno State. He won the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby. He was drafted in the 1st round in 2013 by the Yankees, 32nd overall.

Judge made his MLB debut on August 13, 2016. In his first at-bat, he hit a home run off of Matt Andriese. Tyler Austin, another debut player that day, also hit a home run in his first at-bat. That was the first time two debut players had hit first at-bat homers in one game on the same team. Judge ended up finishing the 2016 season on the disabled list.

In 2017, Judge hit 10 home runs in April and was named Rookie of the Month. In May, he was named Rookie of the Month again, because he hit .347 with 7 home runs. On May 3, the Yankees debuted a seating section at Yankee Stadium where 3 rows in section 104 in right field are called the Judges Chamber. They dress up in robes and have a foam gavel and a white wig. On June 10, Judge hit a home run that broke the record for hardest home run hit measured by Statcast, a service which debuted in 2015. The exit velocity was 121.1 miles per hour. That home run broke his previous record that he had set on April 28 with an exit velocity of 119.4 miles per hour. Judge received 4,488,702 votes for the All Star Game, most in the AL. Judge beat Miguel Sano in the Home Run Derby final 11-10 and became the first rookie to outright win the Home Run Derby. He hit one homer that traveled 513 feet, the longest in the Derby. On July 21, Judge hit a home run that was almost out of Safeco Field. The ball was hit so hard and far that it could not be measured on Statcast.

History of the Tigers 3: 1921-1930

In today’s installment of History of the Tigers, we will be looking at the years 1921-1930. This decade was marked by average play by the Tigers, with no World Series appearances.  The Tigers’ hometown was more successful, however, as the population of the City of Detroit grew 58% from 1921-1930. Although not as large of an increase as the prior decade, Detroit was still a quickly growing city.

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The Tigers finished in 6th place in 1921, 27 games behind the American League leaders Yankees, with a record of 71-82. Despite their record, they got 1724 hits and had a batting record of  .316 as a team, both American League records. Detroit outfielders Ty Cobb and Harry Heilmann were first and second in the American League batting average race, with Heilmann hitting .394 and Cobb hitting .389. But the reason the Tigers struggled so much was because of their pitching. Their team ERA was 4.40, and they allowed 9 or more runs 28 times.


In 1922, the Tigers record was 79-75, and they finished 3rd in the American League, 15 games behind the Yankees. Ty Cobb hit .401, and Harry Heilmann hit 21 home runs, 18 behind American League leader Ken Williams. Their best pitcher was Herman Pillette, with a record of 19-12 and an ERA of 2.85. In 1923, the Tigers finished second in the American League, once again behind the Yankees. Their record was 83-71, and they were 16 games out of first place. Harry Heilmann hit .403 with 18 homers and 115 RBI’s, and Hooks Dauss had a record of 21-13 and a 3.62 ERA. In 1924, the Tigers got their next great player as Charlie Gehringer joined the club. The Tigers stayed in the race for the pennant until the last week of the season, and they were 6 games out of first. Their best batter was Harry Heilmann. He hit .346 with 10 homers and 114 RBI’s. In pitching, Rip Collins was the leader, with a record of 14-7 and a 2.96 ERA.


In 1925, the Tigers finished 8 games over .500, but they were 16 and a 1/2 games behind the Washington Senators. Harry Heilmann once again had a great season, hitting .393 with 13 home runs and 134 RBI’s. Hooks Dauss had another good season as well, going 16-11 with a 3.16 ERA. In 1926, the Tigers were on the radio for the first time. They were on WWJ, which was one of the first commercial radio stations in the United States. The Tigers did not perform better because of this radio coverage though, as they finished 6th in the AL, 12 games behind the Yankees. Henie Manush was the leader in batting, with an average of .378, 14 home runs and 86 RBI’s. In 1927, the Tigers lost an amazing player as Ty Cobb retired. He would later go on to sign with the Philidelphia Athletics in 1927. In the Tigers season, they finished in 4th place, 27.5 games back. Harry Heilmann hit .398 with 14 homers and 120 RBI’s. Earl Whitehill had a record of 16-14 and an ERA of 3.36. In 1928, the Tigers were all the way down to 6th place, 33 games behind the Yankees and 18 games under .500. Harry Heilmann hit .328 with 14 homers and 107 RBI’s. And Ownie Carroll had a record of 16-12 and an ERA of 3.27.


After two disappointing seasons with Ty Cobb’s replacement George Moriarty, the Tigers fired him and hired Bucky Harris, hoping for a more successful season. But the Tigers once again finished 6th with a record 70-84, 36 games out of first place. Bob Fothergill hit .354 with 6 homers and 62 RBI’s. George Uhle had a record of 15-11 with an ERA of 4.08. In the last season of the decade, the Tigers finished 5th and only 4 games under .500. They were 27 games behind the Athletics. Charlie Gehringer had a superior season, hitting .330 with 16 home runs and 98 RBI’s. George Uhle was one of only 7 pitchers with a winning record, but Vic Sorell was probably their best pitcher with a record of 16-11 and an ERA of 3.86.