|MLB Career Stats||200||180||4.41||627||463||22||3226.1||2156||1.35|
|1995||2.95||2nd in AL|
|1997||4.25||21st in AL|
|2001||3.90||14th in AL|
|2002||2.81||4th in AL|
|2003||4.09||17th in AL|
|2005||4.15||24th in AL|
|2008||4.13||24th in AL|
|1995||16||5th in AL|
|1996||14||13th in AL|
|1997||12||22nd in AL|
|1998||17||7th in AL|
|2004||12||19th in AL|
|2005||16||5th in AL|
|2007||17||8th in AL|
|2009||11||22nd in AL|
|1995||119||19th in AL|
|1996||140||19th in AL|
|1997||151||13th in AL|
|1998||146||19th in AL|
|2001||148||16th in AL|
|2002||134||19th in AL|
|2003||169||8th in AL|
|2005||151||11th in AL|
|1999||15||13th in AL|
|2002||3||25th in AL|
|1995||1.18||5th in AL|
|1997||1.39||23rd in AL|
|1998||1.34||16th in AL|
|2001||1.36||20th in AL|
|2002||1.05||3rd in AL|
|2003||1.30||21st in AL|
|2004||1.38||22nd in AL|
|2005||1.23||15th in AL|
|2007||1.35||24th in AL|
|2008||1.18||6th in AL|
|1995||.227||4th in AL|
|1996||.280||25th in AL|
|1997||.256||13th in AL|
|1998||.252||11th in AL|
|2001||.248||13th in AL|
|2002||.204||2nd in AL|
|2003||.246||10th in AL|
|2004||.264||16th in AL|
|2005||.245||6th in AL|
|2007||.264||19th in AL|
|2008||.228||3rd in AL|
|1996||32||22nd in AL|
|1998||33||7th in AL|
|2003||33||8th in AL|
|2005||33||8th in AL|
|2007||31||19th in AL|
|2008||30||24th in AL|
|1992||4||16th in NL|
|1993||3||17th in NL|
|1995||6||4th in AL|
|1996||6||4th in AL|
|1997||4||6th in AL|
|1998||2||21st in AL|
|2005||3||4th in AL|
|2006||1||17th in AL|
|2008||1||16th in AL|
|2009||2||9th in AL|
|2011||1||20th in AL|
|1992||1||20th in NL|
|1993||2||3rd in NL|
|1995||1||9th in AL|
|1997||2||3rd in AL|
|1995||195.1||17th in AL|
|1996||211.2||19th in AL|
|1997||201.1||20th in AL|
|1998||216.0||13th in AL|
|2003||202.1||20th in AL|
|2005||225.1||6th in AL|
|1995||5.48||12th in AL|
|1996||5.95||15th in AL|
|1998||6.08||19th in AL|
|2004||5.54||17th in AL|
|2007||5.24||7th in AL|
|2008||5.82||15th in AL|
|1995||1.75||16th in AL|
|1996||1.56||8th in AL|
|1997||1.74||15th in AL|
|1998||1.85||16th in AL|
|2001||2.03||15th in AL|
|2002||2.63||25th in AL|
|2004||1.84||14th in AL|
|2005||2.22||24th in AL|
|2007||1.72||5th in AL|
|2008||1.95||12th in AL|
|1993||75||11th in NL|
|1995||68||19th in AL|
|1996||90||10th in AL|
|1997||87||3rd in AL|
|1998||79||13th in AL|
|2001||73||13th in AL|
|2003||71||8th in AL|
|2004||63||25th in AL|
|2005||68||9th in AL|
|2007||64||16th in AL|
|2008||60||22nd in AL|
|1996||238||12th in AL|
|1998||211||18th in AL|
|2005||210||24th in AL|
|1995||22||14th in AL|
|1996||38||3rd in AL|
|1997||24||20th in AL|
|1998||30||5th in AL|
|2000||31||5th in AL|
|2003||23||25th in AL|
|2004||29||13th in AL|
|2005||35||1st in AL|
|2007||22||17th in AL|
|2008||25||8th in AL|
|2011||25||8th in AL|
|October 30, 2011||RHP Tim Wakefield elected free agency.|
|October 19, 2009||Boston Red Sox activated RHP Tim Wakefield.|
|August 26, 2009||Tim Wakefield roster status changed by Boston Red Sox.|
|August 15, 2009||sent RHP Tim Wakefield on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|July 21, 2009||Boston Red Sox placed RHP Tim Wakefield on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 18, 2009. lower back strain|
TIM IS TIMELESS: Logged his first win of the season in his 2nd start, a 12-6 victory over Detroit on April 10...At 41 years, 252 days old, passed Tom Seaver (41 years, 231 days on July 6, 1986) as the oldest right-handed Red Sox starter since 1956 to win at Fenway Park...In all, 7 of his 10 W's came at home, the last of which (September 23 vs. Cleveland) he did at 42 years, 52 days old...Since 1956, only 2 older righties have started and won at Fenway Park: Phil Niekro did it for the Yankees on June 13, 1984 (45 years, 73 days) and Gaylord Perry did it for Seattle on September 4, 1982 (43 years, 354 days) and again for Kansas City on August 13, 1983 (44 years, 332 days). Tossed a complete game in a 1-0 loss at Seattle on May 28...At 41 years, 300 days, was the oldest Red Sox right-hander to go the distance since at least 1956...Was the oldest major league righthander to throw one since Roger Clemens at 43 years, 19 days on August 23, 2005...Became the oldest A.L. righty to go the distance since Charlie Hough (44 years, 202 days) on July 25, 1992. Wakefield -8.0 IP (41 years, 278 days) and Timlin - 1.0 IP (42 years, 57 days) teamed up to blank the Tigers, 5-0, on May 6 at Detroit, the first combined shutout by a team in modern major league history (since 1900) with all pitchers being at least 40 years old (Elias Sports Bureau). At 41 years, 328 days, earned a 5-0 victory over Arizona's Randy Johnson (44 years, 289 days) on June 25 in Boston...With a combined age of 86 years, 252 days, was the oldest match-up in the history of Fenway Park...Beat New York, 7-3, on August 26, becoming the oldest Red Sox starter since 1956 to win at Yankee Stadium.
QUALITY CONTROL: Matched a career high with 18 quality starts, done previously in 2003 and 1995...Was the 2nd-highest total on the club behind Jon Lester (20) and tied for 17th in the A.L... Made 9 consecutive quality starts from May 28-July 12, going 3-3 despite a 2.13 ERA (15 ER/63.1 IP), 4th in the A.L. during that time...Matched the longest such streak of his career (May 16-June 29, 2001) and was the longest by a Red Sox hurler since Pedro Martinez's 10-gamer from July 14-September 11, 2002...Tied with Toronto's Roy Halladay (July 24-September 5) and the Angels' John Lackey (May 14-June 29) for the A.L.'s 2nd-longest streak of 2008...Oakland's Justin Duchscherer was the only A.L. pitcher with a longer run, 11 straight starts from May 24-July 20. The first 7 starts of that streak, through July 1, were of 7.0 innings or more...Matched the longest such run of his career, done twice previously from September 26, 1993-June 14, 1995 and again from June 12-July 17, 2005...Lost 5 of his 18 quality starts, tied for the A.L. lead with 6 others.
HOME SWEET HOME: Was 7-4 with a 3.10 ERA (31 ER/90.0 IP) at home and 3-7 with a 5.14 ERA (52 E/91.0 IP) on the road...Has been at or above .500 at home in each of the last 2 seasons and 6 of the last 7...Held opponents to a .206 average at Fenway Park, the 9th-lowest by a Red Sox pitcher since 1956 (minimum 50.0 IP)...Pedro Martinez (.204 in 2002) was the last Sox hurler to post a lower mark.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: After going 1-4 in 5 starts with a 5.25 ERA (21 ER/36.0 IP) in the month of May, went 2-1 with a 2.31 (9 ER/35.0 IP) mark in 5 June starts, 9th in the A.L. in that span...Held batters to a .190 (33-for-174) clip when leading off an inning, 2nd in the A.L. behind Detroit's Armando Galarraga (.186) but tied with Tampa Bay's Scott Kazmir and Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie with a league-high 10 home runs allowed in that situation...Held foes to a .178 (18-for-101) average in his first inning pitched...Went 1-1 with a 2.73 ERA (8 ER/26.1 IP) in 4 interleague starts... Gave up 25 home runs, tied for 8th in the A.L., the most he has surrendered since 35 in 2005... Set a career high with 12 wild pitches, tied with Texas' Vincente Padilla for 2nd in the A.L...Matt Clement was the last Boston pitcher with more in a season, throwing 13 in 2005.
MORE 2008 HIGHLIGHTS: His 5-4 victory over Cleveland on September 23 marked the first of his career in a clinching game of any kind, regular season or playoffs...Combined with Manny Delcarmen (1.0) to shut out Toronto, 7-0 on September 2, allowing just 3 hits while fanning 4 over 8.0 innings...Allowed 7 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks and did not fan a batter over 1.2 innings on September 6 at Texas, the 500th appearance of his career...Was his shortest start since a careerlow 1.0-inning outing for Pittsburgh on June 11, 1993 vs. Florida, his 26th career game...Beat New York, 7-3, on August 26 in the Bronx...Gave up 3 runs on 8 hits with one walk and one strikeout for his first win at Yankee Stadium since May 11, 2006...Beat Seattle, 11-3, on June 7, his first win against the Mariners since July 29, 1997, a span of 18 games (8 starts).2007 SUMMARY: Rebounded from an injury-plagued 2006 season to rank 8th in the American League with 17 wins in 2007, matching his career high set in 1998...At 41 years old, became just the 2nd Red Sox pitcher over the age of 40 to ever win at least 17 games in a season, joining Cy Young, who won 21 games in both 1907 and 1908....Made at least 30 starts for the 4th time in the last 5 seasons...Went 11-3 with a 4.12 ERA (41 ER/89.2 IP) over a 14-start stretch from June 12-August 25, leading the majors in wins in that span.
DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Earned a decision in each of his first 26 starts, the longest such streak in the majors since Jack McDowell did so in 27 straight starts for the White Sox to begin 1993 season... The last Sox pitcher to get a decision in at least his first 26 starts was Danny MacFayden (26) in 1929...Last Sox pitchers with longer such streaks were Red Ruffing (30) and Ed Morris (29), both in 1928...Club record is 43 by Cy Young in 1902...Wake's first no-decision of 2007 did not come until September 6 at Baltimore.
IN AWE OF HIS AUGUST: Was named the Red Sox Player of the Month for August after going 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA (9 ER/33.0 IP) in 5 starts...Completed the month with a scoreless streak of 22.0 innings over his final 3 starts (3-0), August 13-25.
RIDING THE WAVE: In his first 7 starts through May 10, went 4-3 with a 1.79 ERA (9 ER/45.1 IP), allowing as many as 3 runs in a start only twice...Followed that stretch by going 9-7 with a 6.22 ERA (67 ER/97.0 IP) in his next 16 starts through August 7...Tossed 22.0 consecutive scoreless innings to earn the win in each of his next 3 starts, allowing just 9 hits in that span...Closed the season by giving up 25 runs (24 earned) in 24.2 innings over his final 5 starts...Allowed one earned run or less in 11 of his 31 starts overall.
SUPPORT STORY: The Sox gave Wakefield 96 runs of support in his 17 wins, an average of 5.6 runs per game...However, Boston has scored just 19 runs while Tim was in the game in his 12 losses, an average of 1.6 runs per contest.
In his last 16 losses beginning June 15, 2006, the Red Sox have scored a total of 19 runs while Wakefield has been in the game, all coming in his 12 losses in 2007...In his last 23 losses dating to the start of 2006, Boston has scored a combined 25 runs while Wakefield was in, an average of 1.1 runs per game, including no runs 9 times and one run 8 times.
UNLUCKY No. 3: Gave up 3 runs or more in an inning 15 times in 2007...51 of his 104 runs allowed (49 percent) came in those 15 innings.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Did not allow a home run in 7 consecutive starts from July 17-August 25, a span of 51.2 innings...Was 10-4 with a 5.27 ERA (55 ER/94.0 IP) in 15 starts at home and 7-8 with a 4.26 ERA (45 ER/95.0 IP) in 16 road starts...Fared better with increased rest, posting a 5.59 ERA (52 ER/83.2 IP) in 14 starts on 4 days of rest, a 4.28 ERA (36 ER/75.2 IP) in 12 starts on 5 days of rest and a 3.64 ERA (12 ER/29.2 IP) in 5 starts on 6-plus days of rest.
POST-SEASON PERFORMER: Has appeared in 17 career playoff games (10 starts) over 8 different postseasons (1992, 1998-99, 2003-05, 2007), going 5-6 with 2 complete games, 2 games finished and a 6.36 ERA (49 ER/69.1 IP).
Was a late scratch from Boston's 2007 Division Series and World Series rosters due to inflammation behind his right shoulder...His lone post-season appearance was a start and loss in Game 4 of the ALCS at Cleveland on October 16...Allowed 5 runs on 5 hits over 4.2 innings, with all 5 runs coming in his final inning of work (5th)...Struck out 7 and walked 2.2006 SUMMARY: Went 7-11 with a 4.63 ERA in his 12th season in a Red Sox uniform, limited to 23 starts due to just his 2nd stint on the disabled list in his 14-year major league career...landed on the disabled list from July 22-September 13 with a stress fracture in his rib cage, his first D.L. stay since missing only 15 days in 1997 due to right elbow inflammation...his 23 starts were his fewest appearances in a season since his rookie season of 1992 (13) with Pittsburgh while his 140.0 innings were his fewest since 1999 with the Red Sox (also 140.0).
LOW ON SUPPORT: In his 11 losses, Boston scored a total of 6 runs while Wakefield was in the game, an average of 0.54 runs per contest, including one run 4 times and no runs 5 times...he Red Sox scored 46 runs in Tim's 7 wins, an average of 6.6 runs per win...the Red Sox did not score a run while Wakefield was on the mound in 4 starts in a row, covering 18.1 innings, from July 17-September 25.
A TOUGH APRIL: Finished April with a 1-4 record in 5 starts despite a 3.90 ERA...Boston scored only 6 runs in his 5 starts, an average of 1.67 runs per start, 2nd-lowest in the majors behind Kansas City's Scott Elarton (1.15), who also lost 4 games in April despite a 3.16 ERA...since 1959, only 3 other Red Sox starters have lost 4 games in April: Roger Clemens (0-4, 6 starts in 1996), Danny Darwin (0-4, 4 starts in 1993) and Marty Pattin (1-4, 5.73 ERA in 1973)...Wakefield's 3.90 ERA is the best of the 4 Red Sox starters who lost 4 times in April, as Clemens posted a 4.17 ERA, Darwin an 8.20 ERA and Pattin a 9.00 ERA.
TURNAROUND IN MAY AND JUNE: Combined to go 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA (31 ER/72.2) in 11 starts in May and June...on May 1, the Red Sox reacquired catcher Doug Mirabelli from San Diego and, following a cross-country flight for Mirabelli, the pair was reunited 13 minutes prior to the first pitch that night vs. the Yankees, an eventual 7-3 Red Sox victory...Wakefield threw his first 32.1 innings with Josh Bard and his final 107.2 innings with Mirabelli...had a 3.90 ERA (14 ER/32.1 IP) with Bard and a 4.85 ERA (58 ER/107.2 IP) with Mirabelli.
INJURED IN JULY: Was unbeaten in 5 starts from June 20-July 17, going 3-0 with a 4.73 ERA, before lasting only 4.0 innings on July 17 vs. Kansas City and landing on the disabled list 5 days later with a stress fracture in his rib cage...returned on September 13 at Baltimore and the Red Sox lost his last 4 starts, combining to score a total of 7 runs in those games.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Had a 1.55 ERA (7 ER/29.0 IP) during the day (2-1 in 4 starts) and went 5-10 with a 5.43 ERA (67 ER/111.0 IP) in 19 starts at night...went 7-1 with a 3.11 ERA (22 ER/63.2 IP) when working on 4 days rest and 0-10 with a 6.01 ERA (51 ER/76.1 IP) when pitching on 5 days of rest or more...limited batters to a .193 (28-for-145) average with runners in scoring position, including a .141 (9-for-64) mark in those situations and 2 outs...batters facing a count with 2 strikes hit just .204 (54-for-265)...12 of his 23 starts came against the A.L. East.
MORE 2006 HIGHLIGHTS: Earned the starting nod in Boston's 2nd game of the season for the 4th time in his Red Sox career, the first time since 2003 at Tampa Bay, and endured a 10-4 loss at Texas...also started in Boston's 2nd game in 1998 at Oakland and 1997 at Anaheim...tossed the 29th complete game in his career April 15 vs. Seattle in a 3-0 loss...now has 4 complete games since the start of the 2005 season after not tossing a complete game from 1999-2004...notched his 5th quality start in a row in defeating Washington 11-3 on June 20...was his 298th start as a Red Sox, surpassing Cy Young (297) for 2nd on the club's all-time list...allowed 3 runs in 6.0 innings on June 26 vs. Philadelphia for his 6th straight quality start, an 8-7 Red Sox win in 12 innings...July 1 at Florida earned his 150th career win in his 300th major league start.2005 SUMMARY: The longest-tenured member of the Red Sox enjoyed one of his finest seasons, leading the club in wins, starts, innings pitched, strikeouts, complete games and opponents average by a starter en route to being honored as the club's Pitcher of the Year by the Boston chapter of the BBWAA...finished 16-12 with a 4.15 ERA in 33 starts, pitching exclusively as a starter for the first time since 1996...established a career high with 225.1 innings pitched, while his victory total was one shy of his 1998 career high...matched his 1998 and 2003 personal best in starts...Wakefield's 151 strikeouts tied for 2nd-most in his career...topped 10 wins for the 4th year in a row and for the 8th time in 11 seasons with the Red Sox...finished strong, going 8-3 with a 3.77 ERA (39 ER/93.0 IP) over his final 13 starts.
A CHECK OF THE LEADER BOARD: Ranked among American League leaders in wins (tied for 5th with 16), starts (tied for 8th with 33), complete games (tied for 4th with 3), innings pitched (6th with 225.1) and strikeouts (11th with 151)...his .245 opponents average allowed was 6th-best in the A.L.
EVERY 5TH DAY: Made at least 30 starts for the 3rd season in a row and for the 5th time in his career...topped 200.0 innings pitched for the 5th time, for just the 2nd time since 1999.
A LITTLE HELP?: Received a staff-low average of 4.8 runs per game worth of support (158 runs in 33 starts)...the Sox scored a total of 38 runs in his 12 losses (3.2 per game), including 4 games in which they scored 2 runs or fewer.
DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Got the win or the loss in 28 of his 33 starts, including 15 in a row from June 24-September 11...after 2 no-decisions in his first 4 starts, got a win or a loss in 24 of his next 25 starts April 29-September 11 and in 26 of his last 29 starts.
TOUGH TO HIT: Opponents batted just .245, 7th-best in the A.L...held lefthanders to a .202 average (74-for-367), 5th-best by any A.L. starter...righthanders hit .278 (136-for-490)...opponents hit .165 (68-for-413) with 2 strikes and .037 (1-for-27) after his 105th pitch.
1...2...3 STRIKES YOU'RE OUT: En route to fanning 151 in 225.1 innings, twice set personal single-game strikeout highs...fanned 11 in 8.0 innings August 7 at Minnesota, then punched out 12 in 8.0 innings September 11 at New York (AL).
LET'S STICK TOGETHER: Went 16-8 with a 3.66 ERA (83 ER/204.0 IP) in 29 starts with Doug Mirabelli behind the plate and 0-4 with an 8.86 ERA (21 ER/21.1 IP) without him...Mirabelli missed 21 games, including 4 of Wakefield's starts, while on the D.L. with a sprained left wrist in May19-June 12...in 2003 and 2004, Mirabelli was behind the plate for all but 4.1 of Wakefield's 390.2 innings.
YOU COMPLETE ME: His 3 complete games were his most since 1997 (4)...went the distance July 17 vs. New York (AL), September 6 vs. the Angels and September 11 at New York (AL)...threw back-to-back complete games September 6 and 11 for the 6th time in his career, for the first time since July 29 and August 3, 1997...Wakefield's July 17 complete game, a 5-3 loss Fenway Park to the Yanks, was his first in 154 starts since August 19, 1998 at Kansas City...Wake's gap between complete games was the 2nd-longest in major league history, trailing only San Francisco's Kirk Rueter, who since July 4, 1999 has made 193 straight starts without a complete game.
NOT SO FAST: Allowed 18 steals in 25 attempts after surrendering 33 in 41 tries in 2004...had averaged 28 stolen bases allowed over the last 9 seasons, last allowing fewer than 18 in 1995.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: For the 2nd year in a row, and for the 2nd time in his career, pitched and won on his birthday, earning a 6-4 victory over the Royals at Fenway on August 2, the day he turned 39...allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in 7.0 innings, fanning 7, as the Sox overcame a 4-0 deficit after 3.
MILESTONE WATCH: Wake's home-opening start marked his 200th career start at Fenway Park...finished the year with 215 appearances at Fenway, 2nd to only Bob Stanley (321) in Red Sox history...made the 300th start of his major league career in a 7-4 win July 5 at Texas...chalked up his 1,500th career strikeout June 29 at Cleveland, punching out Victor Martinez in the 3rd inning.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Threw a career-high 3,394 pitches, an average of 15.1 per inning...induced 18 double plays, the 2nd-highest total of his career (21 in 1996)...the Sox were 18-15 in his starts...17 of his 33 starts were quality starts...worked at least 6.0 innings in 26 of his 33 starts and at least 7.0 in 19, including 16 of his final 21...finished at least 8.0 innings in 8...went 10-4 with a 4.08 ERA (50 ER/110.1 IP) in 16 starts at Fenway Park and 6-8 with a 4.23 ERA (54 ER/115.0 IP) in 17 road starts...his 2.84 ERA (24 ER/76.0 IP) in day games tied for 3rd in the A.L...6 of his 12 losses came against A.L. East foes despite a 3.96 ERA within the division...4 of his 12 losses came to the Yankees, as he went 1-4 with a 4.20 ERA (19 ER/40.2 IP) in 6 starts against New York...threw 2 complete games against the Yankees...beat 13 teams at least once, earning 2 wins against Detroit and 3 against Tampa Bay...threw a season-high 118 pitches twice: July 27 at Tampa Bay and August 7 at Minnesota...gave up an A.L.-high 35 home runs...allowed 5 homers in his first 10 starts, then 25 in his next 23, including 3 homers in a game on 5 occasions...went 9-5 with a 3.65 ERA (45 ER/111.0 IP) in 16 starts on more than 4 days rest.
MORE 2005 HIGHLIGHTS: Started the year 2-0 with a 1.75 ERA (5 ER/25.2 IP) through his first 4 starts...April 11, started Boston's home opener for the first time in his 11-year Red Sox career, beating the Yankees 8-1 in his 200th career appearance at Fenway Park...May 27 at New York, walked 7 for the first time since June 30, 1997 vs. Florida...June 12 at Wrigley Field, in his 400th career appearance with the Red Sox, snapped a personal 5-game slide, allowing one run on 4 hits over 7.0 innings in an 8-1 win...threw 19.0 consecutive scoreless innings over his next 2-plus starts June 18-29, going 2 straight starts (June 18 and 24) without surrendering a run for the first time since September 16-30, 1993 with Pittsburgh, when he fired consecutive complete-game shutouts...worked 7.0 innings of 7-hit shutout ball June 18 vs. Pittsburgh, leaving a 0-0 game that the Sox ultimately lost 2-0...6 days later at Philadelphia, fired 8.0 innings of 2-hit shutout ball in an 8-0 victory...from June 12-July 5, went 4-0 with a 1.70 ERA (7 ER/37.0 IP)in 5 starts, allowing 2 runs or less in 4 of the 5...allowed one unearned run in 7.1 innings in a 4-1 win July 27 at Tampa Bay...went 8.0 innings, 9.0 innings, 8.0 innings and 9.0 innings in 4 straight starts August 31-September 16...September 11 at New York, fired an 8.0-inning complete game in a 1-0 loss to Randy Johnson...the lone run Wake allowed came on a first-inning homer by Jason Giambi.
IN THE POSTSEASON: Started Game 3 of Boston's American League Division Series against the White Sox, and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in 5.1 innings en route to a 5-3 loss that gave Chicago a 3-game series sweep...Paul Konerko hit a 2-run homer with no outs in the 6th that snapped a 2-2 tie...after getting Carl Everett to ground out, Wake gave way to Chad Bradford in relief.2004 SUMMARY: The knuckleballer finished his 10th season in Boston 12-10 with a 4.87 ERA in 32 appearances (30 starts), the 2nd year in arrow he's made at least 30 starts...his 12 wins were his most since 1998 and gave him 11 or more wine for a 3rd straight season...held opponents to a .264 average...the Sox were 16-14 in his 30 starts with wins in 9 of his last 13...Boston averaged 5.8 runs per game in his starts (173 runs in 30 starts)...14 of his starts were quality starts.
MY ONE AND ONLY: Threw all but 2.1 of his 188.1 innings to Doug Mirabelli...Jason Varitek caught the other 2.1 innings...a season ago, Mirabelli caught all but 2.0 of Wake's 202.1 innings.
TOUGH TO HIT: Limited opponents to a .264 (197-for- 746) batting average...lefties hit just .225 (78-for-347) with 10 homers, and righties batted .298 (199-for-399) with 19 long balls...opponents hit just .232 (29-for-125) with 2 homers in Wake's first inning of work and just .224 (19-for-85) with runners in scoring position and 2 outs...foes hit .188 (65-for- 346) with 116 K's with 2 strikes.
TOP DOWN, BOTTOM UP: The top 5 men in opposing lineups hit .235 (103-for-439) with 15 homers, while batters 6-9 combined to hit .306 (94-307) with 14 long balls.
MAKE 'EM EARN IT: Allowed 19 unearned runs, tied with Bronson Arroyo and Kansas City's Brian Anderson for 3rd-most in the major leagues...in all of baseball, only teammate Derek Lowe (28) and Arizona's Brandon Webb (28) allowed more.
FEELING RELIEVED: Made a pair of relief appearances, fanning 2 in 2.0 innings of 2-hit shutout ball April 29 vs. Tampa Bay and giving up 2 unearned runs on 2 hits in one inning June 9 vs. San Diego.
ROBERTO CLEMENTE MAN OF THE YEAR: Was named the Red Sox recipient of the 2004 Roberto Clemente Award presented by John Hancock...the honor was Wakefield's 6th (1998, 2000-2003), his 5th in a row...he is one of the 30 nominees for the national 2004 Roberto Clemente Award, the winner of which will be announced at the World Series...the Roberto Clemente Award, presented annually by John Hancock as part of its official sponsorship of Major League Baseball, recognizes those players who best exemplify the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their teams.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Worked 6.0 or more innings in 21 of his 30 starts, 7.0 or more in 11...completed 8.0 innings 3 times: May 7 at Kansas City, August 18 vs. Toronto and August 29 vs. Detroit, winning the last 2 of those starts...threw 2,993 pitches, an average of 15.9 per inning...fanned 5 or more in 8 starts, including a season-high 7 K's August 29 vs. Detroit and September 20 vs. Baltimore...opponents were 33-41 in stolen base tries...induced 11 double-play ground balls...tied for 2nd in the league with 16 hit batsmen...was 4-0 with a 3.04 ERA (9 ER/26.2 IP) in 4 starts against Toronto and 8-10 with a 5.18 ERA (93 ER/161.2 IP) in 28 games (26 starts) against all other foes...finished 6-6 with a 4.99 ERA (63 ER/113.2 IP) in 19 games (17 starts) at Fenway Park...was 6- 4 with a 4.70 ERA (39 ER/74.2 IP) in 13 road starts...went 4-0 with a 3.16 ERA (9 ER/ 25.2 IP) in 4 starts in domed stadiums...allowed a .237 average (23-for-97) and 2 homers inside.
MORE 2004 HIGHLIGHTS: Earned his first win in his 2nd start April 16 vs. New York, limiting the Yanks to 2 runs (one earned) on 4 hits in 7.0 strong innings in the 6-2 win...threw a season-high 116 pitches June 4 at Kansas City...did not allow an earned run in consecutive starts June 30 at New York (6.1 IP) and July 6 vs. Oakland (7.0 IP of 3-hit shutout ball)...after winning 6 games through the end of July, went 5-1 with a 5.03 ERA (22 ER/ 39.1 IP) in 6 August starts...scattered 8 hits in 7.0 scoreless innings July 22 vs. Baltimore...that start began a 7-start stretch in which he earned half of his season's wins between July 22 and August 29...went 6-1 with a 4.27 ERA (22 ER/46.1 IP) during the run...in his 6 starts after that, went 1-3 with a 7.24 ERA (26 ER/32.1 IP), not winning again until his final start, October 1 at Baltimore, when he limited the O's to 2 runs on 6 hits over 6.0 innings...won 3 straight starts on 2 occasions: July 22-August 8 and August 18-29.
IN THE POSTSEASON: Was 1-0 with a 9.82 ERA (12 ER/11.0 IP) in 4 games (one start)...did not pitch in the 3-game sweep of Anaheim in the ALDS...made 3 relief appearances in the ALCS vs. New York, going 1-0 with an 8.59 ERA (7 ER/7.1 IP)...in one of the key efforts of the series, saved the Sox pen with 3.1 innings of relief in the 19-8 Game 3 loss...in the process, sacrificed his scheduled Game 4 start...earned the Game 5 win with 3.0 innings of one-hit shutout relief...walked one and struck out four in the 14-inning, 5:49 marathon...started Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway and did not figure in the decision, allowing 5 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks in 3.2 innings...struck out a pair.2003 SUMMARY: Finished 11-7 with a save and a 4.09 ERA in 35 games (33 starts)...finished 2nd on the club with 202.1 innings pitched, one behind Derek Lowe...tied Lowe for team-high honors with 33 starts, matching his 1998 personal best...his .246 opponents average, career-best 169 strikeouts and 7.5 K's per 9 innings, trailed only Pedro Martinez among Sox starters...tied for 8th in the A.L. with 169 strikeouts and tied for 6th in the league with 7.5 K's per 9 innings...limited opponents to a .246 average, tied for 8th in the league...topped 200.0 innings for the 4th time (1996-1998)...won 5 of his last 7 decisions to reach double figures in victories for the 6th time...won at least 11 games for the 6th time in 9 Boston seasons...reached the 30-start plateau for the 3rd time in his career (made 32 starts in 1996 and a career-high 33 in 1998)...had a 3.44 ERA (51 ER/133.1 IP) in his last 21 starts but had just 6 wins, 5 losses and 9 no-decisions to show for it...in those 21 starts, the Sox scored 2 runs or fewer while he was in the game 12 times, one run or fewer on 9 occasions...worked into the 7th in 13 of his last 18 starts, finishing 7 in 8 of the 18...the Sox were 16-17 in his starts, but won 8 of the last 13 after losing 10 of the previous 13...left 4 games with the lead without earning the win...went 2-1 with a 2.01 ERA (7 ER/31.1 IP) in 5 September starts, working at least 7.0 innings in each except his final start, a 2.0-inning post-season tune-up on the season's final day at Tampa Bay.
TOGETHER WHEREVER WE GO: Threw all but 2.0 of his 202.1 regular-season innings with Doug Mirabelli behind the plate...Jason Varitek's lone 2003 regular-season experience catching Wakefield came on the final day of the season, when the pair worked together for the first 2.0 innings of the season finale at Tampa Bay.
HAPPY HUNDREDTH: August 3 at Baltimore, became the 9th pitcher to win 100 games as a Red Sox (Pedro Martinez later became the 10th).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Threw 3,181 pitches, an average of 15.7 per inning...had a nearly even groundball-to-flyball ratio (253 grounders, 245 fly balls)...was 5-4 with a 4.25 ERA (53 ER/112.1 IP) in 18 games (17 starts) at Fenway and 6-3 with a 3.90 ERA (39 ER/90.0 IP) in 17 games (16 starts) on the road...held righthanders to a .228 (92-for-404) average, but they hit 16 homers...lefties hit .266 (101-for-379) with 7 long balls...opponents mustered just a .214 (28-for-131) average in Wake's first inning...they hit .164 (66-for-403) with 2 strikes...his first-and 2nd-half numbers were nearly identical: 6-4 with a 4.10 ERA and a .246 average allowed before the break and 5-3 with a 4.08 ERA and a .247 average allowed after...fanned a season-high 8 on 5 occasions.
MORE 2003 HIGHLIGHTS: Made 2 relief appearances and earned his lone 2003 save with 2.0 innings of one-hit shutout ball to preserve a 2-0 win for Derek Lowe April 13 vs. Baltimore...did not allow a run in 3.0 innings in his 2 bullpen outings, the 2nd coming May 6 at Kansas City...May 26 at New York, denied Roger Clemens his 300th win, earning an 8-4 victory...Wakefield worked 5.0 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits...left his June 6 start at Milwaukee after 2.0 innings after being hit by a Wayne Franklin pitch in the top of the 3rd...made his next start 5 days later vs. St. Louis...worked 6.0 scoreless innings in a 3-1 win June 23 vs. Detroit before leaving with a lower back strain...made his next start 5 days later vs. Florida...won a season-best 3 consecutive starts July 23-August 3, beating Tampa Bay, Texas and Baltimore...threw 7.0 innings of 4-hit shutout ball in an 11-0 win over Roger Clemens and the Yankees September 6 at Yankee Stadium...worked a season-high 8.1 innings in a 4-3 win over the Devil Rays September 18 at Fenway...allowed 3 runs (one earned) on 7 hits, walking one and fanning 4.
IN THE POSTSEASON: Went 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA (7 ER/21.2 IP) in 5 post-season appearances (3 starts)...was 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA (3 ER/7.2 IP) in 2 games (one start) in the ALDS vs. Oakland...was the starter and loser in Game 2, allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits in 6.0 innings, walking 3 and fanning 7 in the 5-1 setback...allowed all 5 runs in the 2nd inning...worked 1.2 innings of 2-hit scoreless relief in Game 4...was 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA (4 ER/14.0 IP) in 3 games (2 starts) in the ALCS vs. New York...started and won both Game 1 and Game 4, in both cases out-dueling Mike Mussina...in the series opener at Yankee Stadium, allowed 2 runs on 2 hits in 6.0 innings-plus, walking 2 and striking out 2 in the 5-2 win...carried a 5-0 lead into the 7th before walking the first 2 hitters he faced...was pulled from the game and both runners came around to score against Alan Embree...in Game 4 at Fenway, limited the Yanks to a run on 5 hits in 7.0 innings-plus...walked 4 and fanned 8...took the loss in relief in Game 7...after working a 1-2-3 10th, allowed a first-pitch home run to Aaron Boone leading off the bottom of the 11th, giving the Yankees a walk-off 6-5 win.2002 SUMMARY: Enjoyed one of his finest seasons, finishing 11-5 with 3 saves and a 2.81 ERA in 45 games (15 starts)...struck out 134 and walked only 51 in 163.1 innings of work, an average of 7.38 K's and 2.81 walks per 9 innings...his 2.6-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio was a career best, as was his ratio of walks per 9 innings.
A CHECK OF THE LEADERBOARD: Ranked 2nd in the A.L. with a .204 opponents average and finished 4th in the A.L. in ERA...was 2nd in the league with 6.67 hits allowed per 9 innings and 4th with 7.38 K's per 9 innings...limited lefties to a .195 average (3rd in the A.L.) and righties to .214 mark (4th in the A.L.)...was the only pitcher in the league to place in the top 5 in each category, and--with Pedro Martinez--was one of only 2 in the top 10 in both.
STARTING AND RELIEVING: Split the year between the rotation and the bullpen, entering the rotation to stay for his final 10 appearances beginning August 6...worked at least 7.0 innings in 7 of his last 9 starts and allowed 2 runs or less in 8 of the 9, going 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA (12 ER/65.0 IP)...in all, was 9-3 with a 2.39 ERA (26 ER/98.0 IP) in 15 starts and 2-2 with 3 saves and a 3.44 ERA (25 ER/65.1 IP) in 30 bullpen outings...the Sox scored a total of 3 runs in his 3 losses as a starter...opponents hit .198 (70-for-354) with 9 homers in his starts and .214 (51-for-238) with 6 homers in his relief appearances...opened the year with 2 starts then made 23 consecutive relief appearances April 21-June 28, going 1-2 with 3 saves and a 2.39 ERA (13 ER/49.0 IP)...made 3 starts among 10 appearances in July before moving into the rotation to stay...did not allow a walk in 4 of his first 7 starts.
MORE 2002 NOTES: Went 6-1 with 2 saves and a 1.88 ERA in 21 games (5 starts) on the road...worked 4.0 perfect innings for his first 2002 save April 21 at Kansas City...tossed 3.0 innings of one-hit shutout ball to preserve a 5-3 win May 6 at Tampa Bay...his final save came June 10 vs. Colorado, when he gave up one run in 3.0 innings...earned his 100th career victory August 11 vs. Minnesota, allowing one earned run on 4 hits in 8.0 innings in the 3-1 win...walked none and fanned 7...won 4 straight starts September 1-17 for the first time since June 29-July 16, 2000...went 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA (4 ER/30.0 IP) during the tear with wins at Cleveland, vs. Toronto, at Tampa Bay and vs. Cleveland...finished September 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA (9 ER/44.0 IP).2001 At 9-12, finished with a sub-.500 record for the 3rd year in a row despite a 3.90 ERA in 45 games (17 starts)...ranked 7th in the A.L. with 7.9 K's per 9 innings...was 4-2 with 3 saves and a 3.24 ERA (23 ER/64.0 IP) in 26 relief appearances and 5-9 with a 4.39 ERA (50 ER/104.2 IP) in 17 starts...worked 6.0 innings or more in 15 of his 17 starts...got off to a quick start, going 1-0 with 2 saves and a 1.76 ERA in 12 bullpen outings through May 13...made his first start May 16 at Minnesota and did not figure in the decision in a 4-3 setback...had a no-hitter through 4.0 innings, then allowed 3 runs with 2 outs in the 5th...worked 1.0 inning in relief to earn an 18-inning victory June 5 vs. Detroit...2 days later, started and beat the Tigers, becoming the first Red Sox pitcher to win 2 games in a 3-game series since John Wasdin (May 31 and June 1, 1999 vs. Detroit)...was just the 4th Red Sox pitcher to turn the trick since 1981...hurled 8.0 no-hit innings June 19 at Tampa Bay before Randy Winn singled to start the 9th...the Rays scored 4 in the 9th but Boston hung on for the 5-4 win...it was the deepest Wakefield has carried a no-hitter in his career...registered his 1,000th career K September 4 vs. Cleveland, ringing up Ellis Burks in the 8th inning. 2000 Appeared in a career-high 51 games, 34 in relief...finished 6-10 with a 5.48 ERA...began the season in the bullpen and did not make a start until a no-decision May 11 in Baltimore, when he became the first Red Sox pitcher to start a game the day after appearing in relief since Vaughn Eshelman pitched in relief September 9, 1996 vs. Milwaukee and started against the Brewers the following day...made a pinch-hitting appearance, dropping down a sac bunt in the 11th inning June 28 vs. Baltimore...started the next night, becoming the first A.L. pitcher to pinch hit one day and start the next since Gene Nelson of the White Sox, who pinch hit at Cleveland on July 7, 1985 and started against the Indians the following day...Wakefield went 4-0 with a 2.98 ERA (9 ER/27.1 IP) in 4 starts June 29-July 16 after replacing the injured Pedro Martinez in the rotation...worked a season-high 8.0 innings in a 5-4 19-inning loss August 1 at Seattle...went 0-4 with a 7.57 ERA (30 ER/35.2 IP) in 7 games (6 starts) in August...ended the season by going 0-5 with a 7.26 ERA (46 ER/57.0 IP) in his last 10 starts. 1999 Used primarily out of the bullpen for the first time in his career, Wakefield made 49 appearances, 32 in relief...finished the year 6-11 with a career-high 15 saves and a 5.08 ERA...was 1-2 with 15 saves and a 3.50 ERA (18 ER/46.1 IP) in 32 relief appearances...opened the year in the rotation, going 1-2 with an 8.01 ERA (19 ER/21.1 IP) in 5 starts, but was moved to the pen when Tom Gordon went on the D.L. on April 17...earned his first major league save with a scoreless 9th inning in a 3-2 win May 6 vs. Texas...returned to the rotation when Gordon was activated from the D.L...fanned a season-high 9 in a 5-1 loss June 8 at Montreal...again assumed the role of closer when Gordon returned to the D.L. June 13...worked 2.0 innings to close out a 5-4 win July 9 at Atlanta, fanning Chipper Jones to end the game and collect his 10th save of the season...pitched a season-high 4.1 innings in relief August 17 vs. Oakland...earned his 15th save, preserving a 10-inning 1-0 win October 3 at Baltimore...made 2 relief appearances in the ALDS vs. Cleveland...allowed 3 runs on 3 hits in 2.0 innings for a 13.50 ERA. 1998 Went 17-8 with a 4.58 ERA in 36 games (33 starts), winning at least 12 games for the 4th season in a row...established career highs with 17 wins, 216.1 innings pitched and 33 starts...finished 8-3 with a 4.63 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) at Fenway Park...dropped down a sacrifice bynt April 22 at Detroit, the first Red Sox pitcher to be used as a pinch hitter since Tim Lollar in game 2 of an August 12, 1986 doubleheader at Kansas City...won 6 starts in a row with a 2.98 ERA (14 ER/42.1 IP) April 24-May 22...was perfect through 4.0 innings and had a no-hitter for 6.2 innings May 10 at Kansas City before allowing a Shane Mack single...allowed just one hit in 8.0 innings June 6 vs. the Mets, but lost 1-0 on a balk...had a career-best 10 wins at the All-Star break...started and lost Game 2 of the ALDS at Cleveland, allowing 5 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in 1.1 innings...was the Red Sox' nominee for Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award and was named Red Sox Man of the Year by the BoSox Club for his cooperation in community endeavors and contributions to team success. 1997 In his 3rd Red Sox season, finished 12-15 with a 4.25 ERA in 35 games (29 starts)...tied for the A.L. lead in losses...ranked 4th in the league with 4 complete games and tied for 3rd with 2 shutouts...averaged 6.75 K's per 9 innings, 9th-most in the A.L...was 10th in the league with 8.63 hits allowed per 9 innings...led the club with 201.1 innings pitched...led the club with 9 wins after the All-Star break, going 9-6 with a 3.71 ERA in 19 games (15 starts)...was on the D.L. April 23-May 6 with right elbow inflammation...lost 3 straight decisions in May upon his return before a 2-1 win June 5 at Milwaukee in which he matched his career best with his 3rd 10-strikeout effort...also walked a season-high 7 and threw 168 pitches in 8.2 innings in the game...threw 2.2 innings of relief July 4 at Chicago, his first relief appearance as a Red Sox and his first since June 28, 1993 with Pittsburgh at Montreal...posted relief career highs with 5.0 innings pitched and 8 strikeouts July 6 at Chicago...hurled consecutive complete games in a 3-2 loss July 13 vs. Toronto and a 7-0 win July 18 at Cleveland (his first complete-game shutout since July 9, 1995)...went 3-0 with a 2.05 (7 ER/30.2 IP) in 4 September starts. 1996 Rebounded from going 0-3 with a 6.11 ERA in his first 3 starts (running his losing streak to 7 in a row dating to 1995) to finish 14-13 with a 5.14 ERA in 32 starts...equaled his 1995 career best with 6 complete games, 4th-most in the A.L...served up a career-high 38 home runs, 3rd-most in the A.L. and most ever by a Red Sox (Earl Wilson allowed 37 homers in 1964)...was 9-4 with a 4.15 ERA after the All-Star break, leading the club with 15 starts and 110.2 innings pitched in the 2nd half...allowed a career-high 11 runs (only one earned) in an 11-4 loss May 5 vs. Toronto...gave up 10 hits and 5 walks, striking out 6...June 10 at Chicago, saved a tired bullpen by throwing 162 pitches in an 8.0-inning complete game 8-2 loss to the White Sox...allowed 16 hits, most by a Boston hurler since Reggie Cleveland was tagged for 18 September 25, 1977 at Detroit...hurled back-to-back complete-game victories August 5 vs. Toronto and August 10 at Milwaukee, when he fanned 10 to match his career high...was rewarded with A.L. Player of the Week honors for the week of August 5-11...was 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA (3 ER/18.0 IP), walking 2 and striking out 18...allowed a career-high 5 home runs (the first 5 hits he allowed) September 15 vs. Chicago, tying the Red Sox record set by Dennis Eckersley July 1, 1979 at New York...went 7-2 with a 3.39 in 11 starts from July 31-September 20 before going the distance but losing his 1996 finale September 25 vs. Baltimore...after the season, was struck in the left leg by a passing car while jogging near home on the night of January 5...was treated at a local hospital and released that night. 1995 Released by the Pirates during Spring Training, Wakefield signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox on April 27 and went on to finish 3rd in A.L. Cy Young voting behind only Randy Johnson and Jose Mesa...worked with retired knuckleballers Phil and Joe Niekro during Extended Spring Training in Fort Myers before reporting to Triple-A Pawtucket...went 2-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 4 starts for the PawSox and had his contract purchased by the Red Sox May 27...went on to lead the club with 16 wins and a 2.95 ERA, 2nd in the A.L...started 14-1 before dropping 7 of his last 9 decisions...his 6 complete games tied for 4th in the league...was 2nd on the club with 27 starts and 195.1 innings pitched and 3rd with 119 strikeouts...held opponents to a .227 average, 4th in the A.L...the Red Sox went 18-9 in his 27 starts, including wins in all 8 of his starts following a Boston loss...Wakefield was 7-0 with a 1.32 ERA in those games...beat the Angels 12-1 in Anaheim in his May 27 Red Sox debut, allowing a run on 5 hits over 7.0 innings...pitching on just 2 days rest, came back May 30 and won 1-0 in Oakland, allowing just 2 hits in 7.1 scoreless innings, walking one and fanning 4...June 4 vs. Seattle, threw a 10.0-inning complete game in his Fenway Park debut, throwing 134 pitches in a 2-1 win...allowed an unearned run on 6 hits, walking 2 and punching out 5 as the Sox won on a Troy O'Leary 2-run homer in the bottom of the 10th...before his own throwing error led to an unearned run in the 10th, had worked 22.1 consecutive scoreless innings...at the end of the game, was 3-0 with a 0.37 ERA...shared A.L. Player of the Week honors for the week of May 29-June 4 with Kansas City's Gary Gaetti...went 2-0 and did not allow an earned run in 17.1 innings during the week...threw his 2nd straight complete game and won his 4th straight start June 9 vs. Oakland...took a perfect game into the 6th and a no-hitter into the 8th before a one-out single by Stan Javier...finished with a career-best 3-hitter in a 4-1 win...the 8th-inning run he surrendered was the first earned run he had allowed in 32.0 innings...was 14-1 with a league-leading 1.65 ERA (24 ER/130.2 IP) in his first 17 starts and did not allow more than 3 earned runs in any of the starts...his only loss in the 17 starts came by a 5-3 score June 14 at Toronto...allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits in 7.0 innings-plus...walked 3 and struck out 5...went on to win 10 consecutive starts June 29-August 13, the first Red Sox to turn that trick since Ellis Kinder won 13 straight in 1949...the last to win 10 straight decisions was Mike Boddicker in 1990...Roger Clemens won his first 14 decisions in 1986...led the A.L. in ERA from July 4-September 3...the 10-game winning streak matched a run by Atlanta's Greg Maddux as the longest in baseball in 1995...flirted with a no-hitter in a 7-0 complete-game win July 9 at Minnesota...did not allow a hit until Jeff Reboulet singled to start the 8th...went 6-0 with a 1.53 ERA in July to earn A.L. Pitcher of the Month honors...held the O's hitless until Rafael Palmeiro homered to start the 7th August 13 at Fenway...stopped a 5-game Sox losing streak September 13 at Baltimore, working 8.1 innings of 2-hit shutout ball in a 2-0 win...in his Sox post-season debut, lost Game 3 of the ALDS vs. Cleveland 8-2, allowing 7 runs on 5 hits in 5.1 innings...walked 5 and struck out 4. 1994 Spent the entire season at Triple-A Buffalo, where he went 5-15 with a 5.84 ERA in 30 games, including a league-high 29 starts...ranked 4th in the American Association with 175.2 innings pitched...led the league in losses, walks (98) and homers allowed (27)...the Bisons were shut out in 5 of his starts and scored 2 runs or less in 11 of his 15 setbacks...his win May 7 at Louisville was his only victory in his first 13 starts...hit 5 batters August 9 at Nashville...snapped a 10-game winless streak with a 3-hit shutout August 14 at New Orleans...fanned a minor league career-high 9 August 30 at Louisville...was named AA Pitcher of the Month in August...went 3-for-3 with a double as a pinch hitter...was recalled by the Pirates September 7 but did not pitch in the majors due to the players' strike. 1993 Following a stellar rookie campaign, started the Pirates' season opener, earning a 9-4 win April 6 vs. San Diego...worked a career-high 10.0 innings-plus in a 6-2 win April 27 at Atlanta, becoming the first Pirate to hurl 10.0-plus innings since Rick Reuschel May 25, 1986...threw 172 pitches in the game, most by any major leaguer since Fernando Valenzuela made 173 pitches August 30, 1987...went 0-5 with a 7.59 ERA (34 ER/40.1 IP) in his next 8 starts...after making his first 26 big league appearances as a starter, made his bullpen debut June 14 at St. Louis...then went 0-1 with a 10.24 ERA (11 ER/9.2 IP) in 2 starts before being optioned to Double-A Carolina July 9...after going 3-5 with a 6.99 ERA in 9 Southern League starts, was recalled September 1 and lost 3 in a row before shutting out the Cubs 1-0 on a 5-hitter in game 2 of a September 26 doubleheader...then threw a 4-hit shutout in a 5-0 win September 30 vs. Philadelphia in what would be his final Pirates appearance, becoming the first Pirate to toss back-to-back shutouts since Randy Tomlin in 1991...hit his only major league homer July 7 at Houston off Mark Portugal. 1992 Opened the season at Triple-A Buffalo and by the end of the season was a post-season hero and The Sporting News National League Rookie Pitcher of the Year...between Buffalo and Pittsburgh, finished 20-4 with a 2.71 ERA and 12 complete games in 35 regular season and post-season starts...with the Bisons, won his first 4 decisions and went 10-3 with an American Association-leading 6 complete games and a 3.06 ERA (6th in the league) in 20 starts before being called up by the Pirates on July 31...went the distance to win his major league debut that night, earning a 3-2 win vs. St. Louis...allowed 2 unearned runs on 6 hits in 9.0 innings, walking 5 and fanning 10...worked at least 8.0 innings in each of his first 4 starts with the Pirates, opening 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA (5 ER/34.0 IP) before suffering his lone big league loss of 1992 August 21 at San Francisco...after allowing 6 earned runs in 6.0 innings, rebounded to go 5-0 with a 1.90 ERA (11 ER/52.0 IP) in his final 8 regular season starts...threw his first career shutout August 26 at Los Angeles, walking 2 and fanning 3 in the 6-hit 2-0 win...went on to win both of his NLCS starts vs. Atlanta with a pair of complete-game efforts...posted a 3.00 ERA (6 ER/18.0 IP) in twice out-pitching Tom Glavine...earned a complete-game 3-2 win at Three Rivers Stadium in Game 3...allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walking one and striking out 3...won Game 6 in Atlanta 13-4, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits, with 4 walks and 4 K's. 1991 Led Pirates minor leaguers in wins (15), innings (187.2) and complete games (8), going 15-8 with a 2.90 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) for Double-A Carolina and 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA in one start for Triple-A Buffalo...led the Southern League with 8 complete games, ranked 2nd in innings pitched (183.0 IP) and 9th in ERA...threw 3 straight complete game for the Mudcats April 24-May 6..was 10-7 with a 3.26 ERA at Carolina when he was promoted to Buffalo on July 29...allowed 3 homers in a 9-4 loss to Oklahoma City...returned to Carolina and went 5-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 6 starts to close out the season. 1990 In his first full season as a pitcher, went 10-14 with a 4.73 ERA in a Carolina League-leading 28 starts for Single-A Salem...threw 2 complete games and worked a league-high 190.1 innings. 1989 Opened the season with Single-A Augusta, where he played 6 games at third base and 2 at first base...hit .235 with 5 RBI in 11 games before being sent to short-season Single-A Welland, where he was converted into a pitcher...went 1-1 with 2 saves and a 3.40 ERA on 18 games (one start)...fanned 42 and allowed a .211 average and only one homer in 39.1 innings...also played 11 games at third base, 7 at second and one at first in the New York-Penn League. 1988 Made his professional debut with Watertown of the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League, where he played 54 games as a first baseman and hit .189 with 3 homers and 20 RBI.