Married, wife's name is Ronelle...Has two children, son Chance Ryan and daughter
Skyler Larkin...Resides Paradise Valley, AZ...Signed by Bill Teed (Giants)...A 1984 graduate of Plymouth-
Carver (MA) H.S...Attended Dartmouth College where he led the nation with a 1.59 ERA as a sophomore
...Played with US National Team in 1986, going 7-2 during the World Amateur Championships in the
Netherlands ...Was named 1st team All-America, leading the NCAA with 14.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings
pitched ratio as a junior...Named first recipient of Bill Bartholomay Award in 1999 for outstanding community
relations work done for the Braves.2005Opened the season with the Cubs and was acquired by Boston on 8/9 for minor league righthander Olivo
Astacio and made his Red Sox debut that night vs. Texas.
... Boston marked his first stop in the A.L. in his career.
... Allowed just seven of 22 inherited runners to score and retired 28 of 43 first batters faced.
... Went unscored upon in 21 of 30 outings 4/17-8/3.
... Went on the disabled list 5/25 (retroactive to 5/21) and was reinstated to the active list 6/5 (non-displaced
distal phalanx fracture in the fifth finger on his left hand).2004Mike appeared in 48 games in his second season with the Cubs and went 1-2 with 13 holds, 2 saves and a 3.44 ERA...opposing batters hit .246 against him...limited right-handed batters to a .191 average (13-68)...allowed runs in just 10 of his 48 outings...had a 10.2-scoreless innings streak July 19-August 17...it was his longest such streak of the season...worked at least 1.0 inning in 24 of his appearances, posting a 1.42 ERA in those games...earned 2 saves and 7 holds in such contests...surrendered 5 runs in 0.1 innings in an outing June 9th against the Cardinals...posted a 2.23 ERA in 47 remaining games...had two stints on the disabled list...opened the season on the 15-day DL as he rehabilitated from left shoulder surgery...was activated May 22...returned to the 15-day DL June 24 with left shoulder tendinitis and was activated July 11...picked up his first save in nearly three years on August 14 vs. Los
Angeles...combined on a 5-hit 2-0 shutout with starter Kerry Wood...picked up his second save for the Cubs just over a month after earning his first, pitching 1.0 scoreless inning in a 1-0 defeat of Pittsburgh on September 22...was the winning pitcher September 24 as the Cubs defeated New York (NL) 5-4 in 10 innings...entered the game in the bottom of the 9th inning with a runner on, but struck out Karim Garcia to send the game to extra innings.2003Mike appeared in 73 games in his
first season with the Cubs and
went 6-5 with 17 holds and a
opposing batters hit
just .211 against him ...limited
right-handed batters to a .180
struck out 83 batters in
69.0 innings of work - an
average of 10.8 for every 9.0
innings on the mound.
from August 31 through
the end of the season (14
outings), he had 5 holds and a
1.26 ERA (2 ER/14.1 IP).
over his final 29
appearances dating back to July
22, he allowed 7 earned runs in
28.0 innings (2.25 ERA) while
striking out 30 batters.
on May 24 at Houston, he
entered the contest in the 7th
inning with runners on 2nd and
3rd and none out - and got out
of the jam to preserve a 1-run
lead ...the Cubs held on to win
the game 3-2.
on July 6 vs. St. Louis,
he earned his fifth win of the
season when he pitched 2.0
perfect innings to end the game
...the Cubs won the game 6-5 in
the bottom of the 9th.
on July 22, he struck
out 5 Atlanta batters in a
picked up his first
victory in a Cubs uniform May 10
vs. St. Louis (3-2), working a
perfect 10th inning ...exactly
one week later, he fanned both
batters he faced and picked up
another win against St. Louis
in fact, he had 4 wins and a
1.08 ERA in 8 appearances
against the Cardinals.
in helping protect Kerry
Wood's 50th career victory June
7 over Roger Clemens and the
Yankees, he relieved Wood with
the bases loaded in the top of
the 8th inning - and fanned
Jason Giambi to end the threat.
made his Cubs debut
April 3 at New York, pitching a
2002Mike had his finest major league campaign in his final year with Atlanta, going to the All-Star Game during a season in which he went 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 73 outings.
averaged more than a strikeout an inning (69 strikeouts in 68.0 innings) while holding opponents to 3 homers and a .198 average.
his ERA ranked 4th among all National League relievers who worked either 60 games or 60.0 innings.
allowed 4 earned runs (without retiring a batter) during an April 28 outing vs. Houston ... in his other 72 games, his ERA was 1.46.
allowed only 6 of his 23 inherited runners to score while recording 30 holds.
over a 30-game span May 16-July 26, he allowed only 1 earned run in 29.1 innings ... over a longer stretch May 2-August 6, he gave up just 4 runs (3 earned) in 42 games spanning 42.1 innings.
opened the season 7-0, tying an Atlanta club record (since 1966) for best start to a campaign.
worked a season-high 2.0 innings twice (May 2 at Milwaukee, June 8 at Texas).
made his first All-Star Game appearance, working 0.2 innings in the Midsummer Classic in Milwaukee.
was on the disabled list August 8-August 24 with a strained left groin.
saw action in 3 Division Series games against San Francisco, allowing 1 run in 2.0 innings.
2001Mike appeared in a career-best and club-high 74 games for Atlanta, going 3-3 with 1 save and a 2.76 ERA ... fanned 93 batters in 75.0 innings of work.
retired the first batter he faced in 57 of his outings en route to recording 31 holds.
allowed only 7 earned runs over his final 38 games, recording a 1.93 ERA over the 32.2-inning span.
recorded his only save of the season August 22 in a 6-3 victory over San Diego.
had a season-best 12.2-inning scoreless stretch June 26-July 21.
did not allow any runs in 4 postseason relief outings.
2000Pitched in 71 games and went 5-3 with 12 saves and a 3.47 ERA ... had entered the season with only 3 big league saves.
had 23 holds while limiting opponents to a .207 average.
went 12-for-16 in his save opportunities, as he shared closer duties during the campaign with both John Rocker (24 saves) and Kerry Ligtenberg (12 saves).
picked up 4 saves in his first 14 outings.
had a career-best 19.0-inning scoreless stretch April 14-May 21 (18 games).
was on the disabled list June 23-July 13 with left elbow stiffness ... injured the elbow June 22 against the Cubs when he fell attempting to make a play at first base.
part of his time on the injured list was the result of an allergic reaction to the dye used in his June 27 MRI.
after allowing a run in his first outing off the DL, he then pitched scoreless ball over a 16.0-inning/15-appearance stretch
July 16-August 20.
pitched in 3 Division Series games against St. Louis, allowing 1 run in 3.1 innings.
1999Was an important member of the relief corps during his first year with the Braves, going 10-1 with 1 save, 21 holds and a 2.37 ERA in 73 games ... limited opponents to a .215 average, as he stranded 22 of his 27 inherited runners.
his victory total -- the highest for a Braves bullpen member since Cecil Upshaw won 11 games in 1971 -- tied for 2nd among N.L. relievers.
won his final 8 decisions (August 5-September 21), the 2nd-longest streak in the N.L. during the
campaign and the longest victory stretch of his M.L. career.
over his final 28 games, he went 8-0 with a 1.65 ERA -- pitching scoreless ball in 24 of those outings ... as part of the stretch, he worked 17.1 scoreless innings in August
had a career-best 3.1-inning relief appearance July 16 against the Yankees.
saw his first big league postseason action as Atlanta went to the World Series ... pitched in
2 Division Series games against Houston, 5 NLCS contests against the Mets and 2 World Series affairs against the Yankees.
1998Was Cincinnati's Opening Day starter in his final campaign as a starter, going 8-15 with a 4.82 ERA in 35 games (28 starts) ... was 3rd on the Reds in starts, innings pitched (164.1) and strikeouts (144).
threw his fourth big league complete game -- and his second shutout -- in an 8-0 contest at Arizona July 11 ... allowed 3 hits in the contest.
in a 5-4 loss August 12 vs. Pittsburgh, he fanned a career-high 12 batters ... also had his first M.L.
2-hit game in the affair.
1997Spent his first full season in the majors in his 11th professional campaign, going 8-8 with a 4.14 ERA in 69 games for the Reds ... went the distance in 2 of his 12 starts and picked up his first 2 pro saves.
fanned a career-high 145 batters in 124.0 innings of work ... held opponents to a .223 average.
had 14 holds in his 57 relief appearances and allowed only 8 of his 50 inherited runners to score.
opened the year in the bullpen, picking up saves May 6 at Los Angeles (3-2) and May 26 vs. Philadelphia (8-5).
struck out 6 batters in a 3.0-inning relief stint June 29 vs. St. Louis.
earned a victory in his first start of the season June 18 at Cleveland (5-2), working 6.0 scoreless innings ... spent the last third of the campaign in the Reds' starting rotation.
had 4-hit complete-game victories August 10 vs. Los Angeles (8-1) and September 28 at Montreal (11-3).
had a 3-RBI affair in the September 28
contest ... also drove in 3 runs in a 5-3 win at Los Angeles August 15.
appeared in 2 games as a pinch runner (August 24 at Atlanta, August 26 at Colorado).
1996Went to spring training with Kansas City after being obtained in an off-season trade with the Reds ... at the end of camp, however, Cincinnati reacquired him on a waiver claim.
began the regular season at Indianapolis (AAA) before joining the Reds June 6 ... was sent to Triple-A June 24, followed by a return to the majors August 21.
in 28 games (13 starts) for Indianapolis, he went 4-3 with a 2.52 ERA ... in 19 games (4 starts) for the Reds, he was 0-1 with a 5.60 ERA.
recorded his first M.L. hit August 30, an infield
single off Florida's Kevin Brown.
1995Was on a big league Opening Day roster for the first time, breaking camp with the Mets ... after
pitching in 5 games, though, he was traded to Cincinnati May 11.
after making 2 relief appearances for the Reds, his contract was outrighted to Indianapolis (AAA) May 25 ... spent the rest of the year at the Triple-A level, going 5-3 with a 4.05 ERA in 41 games (1 start).
1994Made 22 total appearances (18 starts) for the Mets and their Norfolk (AAA) club.
was 2-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 12 games (9 starts) for Norfolk before joining the Mets June 15.
pitched in 10 games for New York, including 9 starts, and went 1-5 with a 4.61 ERA in his first big league action since 1991.
1993Saw action in 26 games (25 starts) for Seattle's Calgary (AAA) and Jacksonville (AA) clubs.1992Split the year between Calgary (AAA) and Jacksonville (AA) after being acquired by Seattle in an off-season trade.
missed the last month of the season due to a strained left elbow.
1991Reached the majors for the first time, splitting the season between San Francisco and Phoenix (AAA) ... made 27 total appearances (25 starts).
after opening the campaign at the Triple-A level, he was recalled June 14 -- and made his big league debut the next day ... in that contest, he threw a 3-hit shutout in blanking Pittsburgh 4-0 at Candlestick Park.
was just the 37th pitcher to hurl a shutout in his M.L. debut.
in his next start June 20 vs. the Cubs, he hurled 6.0 scoreless frames before surrendering a 2-run homer to Shawon Dunston.
in his first 8 M.L. games (6 starts), he went 2-1 with a 4.37 ERA.
1990Spent the year at Shreveport (AA), starting 25 times and going 9-11 with a 3.90 ERA.1989Saw action with both Shreveport (AA) and Phoenix (AAA), combining to go 5-12.
after going 4-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 16 Double-A starts, he was promoted to Phoenix in late June ... was 1-6 in his first Triple-A action.
1988Missed most of the season at Shreveport (AA) due to a strained left elbow ... had opened the year with a 0.69 ERA in 3 starts.1987Pitched for Everett (A), Clinton (A) and Shreveport (AA) during his first pro campaign, going a combined 6-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 14 games.