#5 John Tudor
Tudor like Carpenter, doesn’t have a whole lot of seasons as a Cardinals’ starting pitcher to hang his hat on. Like Bob Gibson, Tudor has one of the greatest seasons ever on his resume, which makes him automatic slot in on this list. Tudor was traded to the Cardinals in the offseason of 1984 by the Pittsburgh Pirates, which immediately turned out to be a bad idea.
Tudor pitched phenomenally in 1985, as he went 21-8 with an ERA of 1.93 (2.71 FIP) and an ERA+ of 185. Tudor led the league with 10 shutouts that year, but was remarkably beat out by Dwight Gooden in ERA (1.53) and in the Cy Young race.
Tudor went on to pitch a total of four more seasons with the Cardinals and finished his Cardinals’ career with a 62-26 record and an ERA of 2.52 (3.36 FIP). While Tudor did make it to two World Series’ with the Cardinals. He was unable to help the team secure series victories in either year, despite his complete game shutout in 1985. Despite this and his lack of many years with the club, Tudor still is one of the best Cardinals’ starting pitchers of all time. He stands second on the all time ERA list, although his 12.7 fWAR does not rank as a top career fWAR.
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