SUMMARY: Went 5-4 with one save and a 4.47 ERA in his 58 appearances, 6 as a starter...went 2-4
with one save and a 4.71 ERA (34 ER/65.0 IP) in 52 relief outings and was unbeaten in his 6 starts,
going 3-0 with a 4.01 ERA (34 ER/65.0 IP).
THAT'S A RELIEF: After beginning the season serving a 10-game suspension due to unsportsmanlike
actions in a Grapefruit League game March 27 vs. Tampa Bay, made his Red Sox debut April 13
vs. Toronto, allowing one run on 3 hits in 2.0 innings...pitched 2.0 innings or more in 10 outings,
boasting a 2.25 ERA (6 ER/24.0 IP) and a .210 batting average against in those appearances...was
one of 4 Red Sox relievers to make at least 50 appearances, joining Mike Timlin (68), Jonathan Papelbon
(59) and Manny Delcarmen (50)...turned in his best month in May, when he went 1-0 with
one save and a 3.68 ERA (6 ER/14.2) in 13 appearances...his last relief appearance came on August
27 in Seattle, when he worked 2.0 scoreless innings in Boston's 6-3 loss...went 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA
(3 ER/12.1 IP) in his last 11 relief outings beginning July 25...boasted a 3.29 ERA (10 ER/27.1 IP)
in his last 15 contests out of the pen...logged a season-high 4.0 scoreless innings in Boston's 6-5,
19-inning loss at Chicago on July 9...allowed just a hit and a walk while striking out 2...threw 40
pitches or more in a relief outing 3 times, including a season-high 49 pitches in that July 9 game.
START ME UP: Made his debut in the rotation August 31 vs. Toronto, his first start since September
17, 2002 with Florida vs. Montreal...took a no-decision, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks
in 3.0 innings, striking out 3 in Boston's 6-4 win...his next time out tossed 6.1 innings September 4
and held the White Sox to 2 runs on 6 hits with no walks, fanning 5...did not allow a run until Jim
Thome's one-out homer in the 7th...recorded 14 outs via ground balls and the other 5 via strikeouts,
with no fly ball outs...until Thome's blast in the 7th, had not allowed a run to the White
Sox since July 14, 2001 in the 4th inning with the Cubs, covering 13.0 innings...had a 3-pitch 6th
inning, retiring Juan Uribe on a groundout to short, allowing a bunt single to Scott Podsednik
and inducing an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play to Tadahito Iguchi...collected career win No.
75 September 10 vs. Kansas City, taking a perfect game into the 4th inning en route to a 9-3
win...limited the Royals to 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in 5.1 innings, fanning 5...was his first win
as a starter since August 30, 2002 with Florida vs. Pittsburgh...in his final outing of the season and
the 700th of his career, notched a 4-3 win vs. the Orioles at Fenway, limiting Baltimore to 2 runs
on 6 hits and 5 walks in 5.0 innings...made 3 playoff starts for Aguilas of the Dominican Winter
League, going 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA (5 ER/14.2 IP), and one start for the Dominican Republic in the
Caribbean Series, allowing 3 hits and one run in 5.1 innings in a 7-1 victory over Venezuela.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Limited lefthanders to a .248 batting average (40-for-161) and 5 home
runs while righties batted .327 (70-for-214) with 5 homers...foes batted .291 (32-for-110) with
runners in scoring position, but only .241 (13-for-54) with RISP and 2 outs...held batters to a .222
average (36-for-162) with 2 strikes and a .250 mark (29-for-116) with 2 outs.
SUMMARY: Tied for the N.L. league lead with a Cardinals club-record 32 holds...went 2-3 with a 3.43 ERA (25 ER/65.2 IP) in 74 relief appearances
for St. Louis, posting back-to-back campaigns with at least 70 outings for the first time in his career...his 32 holds trailed only Tom Gordon and
Scot Shields (33 apiece) for most in the majors, while his 14 double plays induced tied for 3rd among all big league relievers...took a 2.75 ERA (17 ER/55.2 IP) in 61 outings into September before posting a 7.20 ERA (8 ER/10.0 IP) in his final 13 appearances...saw action in 3 post-season
games with the Cardinals, posting no record and a 5.40 ERA (2 ER/3.1 IP).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Held first batters faced to a .235 (16-for-68) average, and allowed only 11 of 42 (26 percent) inherited runners to score...pitched to a 3.00 ERA (9
ER/27.0 IP) in 34 games on the road and a 3.72 ERA (16 ER/38.2 IP) in 40 outings at Busch Stadium...after a slow start in April (0-1, 4.38 ERA), enjoyed success in May and
June, when he recorded ERAs of 1.20 (2 ER/15.0 IP) and 2.16 (2 ER/8.1 IP),
respectively...also pitched well in August, going 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9.0 IP) in 13
games...despite allowing a .278 opponents batting average, limited foes to a .186 (13-for-70) mark with runners in scoring position...had his best success when pitching on one day of rest, compiling a 1.74 ERA (4 ER/20.2 IP) in 21 appearances.
MORE 2005 HIGHLIGHTS: Did not allow an earned run from April 24-May 18, a span of 11
outings and 12.0 innings pitched...posted a 9.2-inning scoreless streak covering 11
appearances from June 17-July 15...did not issue a walk from April 24-June 1, a stretch
of 19.2 innings...notched his first win with 1.2 scoreless innings May 14 at New
York...picked up his first 2 saves in the span of 3 outings, April 27 vs. Milwaukee and May
Cincinnati (1.2 IP) and April 27 vs. Milwaukee (struck out the side)...led the Cardinals
staff with 12 spring appearances, going 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA (4 ER/12.1 IP).
SUMMARY: In 77 relief outings for the National League champion Cardinals, established
a career-low ERA of 2.38, including a 1.44 ERA (5 ER/31.1 IP) over his final 38 appearances beginning July 7...stranded 74 percent (32 of 43) of his inherited runners, the
14th-best mark in the N.L....also finished 27 games for St. Louis, 2 shy of his 2003
career high and 2nd on the team to closer Jason Isringhausen...closed the season with a
win, hold or save in 16 of his final 31 games...surrendered as many as 2 runs in an outing
only twice, April 11 at Arizona and June 23 vs. Chicago...yielded only one long ball on the
season (64.1 IP).
2004 POSTSEASON: Went 2-2 with a
2.61 ERA (3 ER/10.1 IP) in 9 post-season games with the Cardinals, including
an 0-1 record and 4.50 ERA (1 ER/2.0
IP) in 2 World Series games vs.
Boston...surrendered a 2-run homer to
Mark Bellhorn in the 8th inning to take
the loss in Game One of the World Series October 23 at Boston...was not scored upon in 2 Division Series appearances (2.1 IP) vs. Los
Angeles...pitched in 5 of the 7 NLCS
games vs. Houston, collecting 2 wins
despite suffering breaks in his left ring
finger and fifth metacarpal after exiting
Game 4 at Houston...pitched the rest of
the postseason with a protective wrap
on his glove hand...overall, held the opposition to a .162 (6-for-37) batting average in the playoffs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Went 3-0 with 2
saves and a 1.69 ERA (6 ER/32.0 IP)
in 38 games at Busch Stadium and 4-4
with 2 saves and a 3.06 ERA (11 ER/32.1 IP) in 39 road appearances...opposing batters hit just
.238, including a .231 mark by righties
and a .253 mark by lefties...his batting
average against dropped to .219 with runners in scoring position...had success when
working on little rest, recording a 2.92 ERA (8 ER/24.2 IP) in 29 games without a day of
rest and a 0.48 ERA (1 ER/18.2 IP) in 19 games when pitching with one day's rest...posted
his best monthly ERA in May, when he logged a 0.90 (1 ER/10.0 IP) ERA in 11
appearances...excelled against NL East opponents, going 3-0 with a 0.51 ERA (1 ER/
17.2 IP) in 18 games.
MORE 2004 HIGHLIGHTS: Posted an 11.1-inning scoreless streak spanning 12 games
from April 27-May 22...also pitched scoreless ball from July 22-August 13, a span of 10
games and 10.0 innings, going 3-0 with one save and 3 holds during that time...struck
out the side (season-high 3 K's) in the 10th inning to earn his first win, June 18 vs.
Cincinnati...made his Cardinals debut with 1.0 perfect inning April 5 vs. Milwaukee...earned
his first save with the Redbirds April 22 at Houston, inducing Brad Ausmus into a 12th-inning, game-ending double play...retired all 8 batters in a season-high 2.2 innings to
earn his 5th win August 10 at Florida...surpassed the 1,000-inning mark for his career in
his outing August 24 at Cincinnati...picked up his 7th win of the season and 70th career
victory September 20 at Milwaukee, the day the Cardinals clinched the N.L. Central...his
home run allowed to Texas' Gary Matthews June 13 was his first long ball surrendered
since July 7, 2003, a span of 73.0 innings...was ejected in Game 1 of a doubleheader
August 20 vs. Pittsburgh for accusation of a "foreign substance" on his hat...served an 8-game suspension from September 24-October 1...participated in the Dominican Winter
League and Caribbean World Series following the Cardinals season.