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Octavio Dotel MLB Career Stats

59-50 3.78 951.0 1143 1.24

Octavio Dotel Bio

  • Full Name: Octavio Eduardo Dotel
  • Born: 11/25/1973 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • High School: Liceo Eansino Afuera, Santo Domingo, DOM
  • Debut: June 26, 1999
  • Ret., Final Game: 4/19/2013
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MLB Career Stats 59 50 3.78 758 34 109 951.0 1143 1.24


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Octavio Dotel Awards

World Series Championship

Year Team League
2011 St. Louis NL

NL Player of the Week

Week Team League
07/25/1999 NY Mets NL

Octavio Dotel Leaderboards


Season SO Rank
2000 142 25th in NL
2001 145 23rd in NL


Season SV Rank
2000 16 14th in NL
2002 6 19th in NL
2004 14 18th in NL
2004 22 7th in AL
2005 7 20th in AL
2007 11 17th in AL
2010 22 13th in NL


Season G Rank
2002 83 2nd in NL
2003 76 13th in NL
2008 72 8th in AL
2010 68 24th in NL


Season HLD Rank
2001 12 19th in NL
2002 31 2nd in NL
2003 33 1st in NL
2008 21 7th in AL
2009 16 15th in AL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2000 26 20th in NL

Octavio Dotel Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
October 31, 2013 Detroit Tigers activated RHP Octavio Dotel from the 60-day disabled list.
August 26, 2013 Detroit Tigers sent RHP Octavio Dotel on a rehab assignment to Toledo Mud Hens.
August 12, 2013 Detroit Tigers sent RHP Octavio Dotel on a rehab assignment to Lakeland Flying Tigers.
August 7, 2013 Detroit Tigers sent RHP Octavio Dotel on a rehab assignment to GCL Tigers.
July 4, 2013 Detroit Tigers sent RHP Octavio Dotel on a rehab assignment to Lakeland Flying Tigers.
June 8, 2013 Detroit Tigers transferred RHP Octavio Dotel from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Right elbow inflammation.
April 23, 2013 Detroit Tigers placed RHP Octavio Dotel on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 20, 2013. Right elbow inflammation.
June 19, 2012 Detroit Tigers activated RHP Octavio Dotel from the 15-day disabled list.
June 12, 2012 Detroit Tigers placed RHP Octavio Dotel on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 3, 2012. Right elbow inflammation.
December 9, 2011 Detroit Tigers signed free agent RHP Octavio Dotel.
October 31, 2011 RHP Octavio Dotel elected free agency.
July 27, 2011 St. Louis Cardinals traded CF Colby Rasmus, LHP Trever Miller, LHP Brian Tallet and RHP P.J. Walters to Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel, Marc Rzepczynski and Corey Patterson.
April 8, 2011 Toronto Blue Jays activated RHP Octavio Dotel from the 15-day disabled list.
March 30, 2011 Toronto Blue Jays placed RHP Octavio Dotel on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, 2011. Sore left hamstring.
January 4, 2011 Toronto Blue Jays signed free agent RHP Octavio Dotel.
November 7, 2010 RHP Octavio Dotel elected free agency.
September 18, 2010 Los Angeles Dodgers traded RHP Octavio Dotel to Colorado Rockies.
July 31, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Traded RHP Octavio Dotel to Los Angeles Dodgers; Los Angeles Dodgers Traded RHP James McDonald to Pittsburgh Pirates and Chattanooga Lookouts Traded LF Andrew Lambo to Altoona Curve.
January 21, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent Octavio Dotel.
November 9, 2009 RHP Octavio Dotel elected free agency.
June 26, 1999 RHP Octavio Dotel assigned to New York Mets.

Octavio Eduardo Dotel Bio Info

He, his wife Massiel and children Eduardo and Nicole reside in Santo Domingo, DR during the off-season ... Actively participates with Tigers Dreams Come True, participated in "Tip a Tiger," attended the Ilitch Charities Gala and "Keeping Kids in the Game" and participated in a pre-game ceremony prior to the annual Fiesta Tigres! game 2012 Completed his first season with the Tigers in 2012, appearing in 57 games. ... Sixth among all American League relievers with 5.17 strikeouts per walk. ... Did not allow a run over his first nine appearances April 7-28, fanning 10 batters in 8.2 scoreless innings. ... Made the 700th appearance of his major league career on April 21 versus Texas -- became the 93rd pitcher in major league history to appear in 700 games. ... Fanned a season-high four batters on May 26 at Minnesota -- equaled the high with four strikeouts on July 22 versus the Chicago White Sox. ... Sidelined June 3-19 with right elbow inflammation. ... Posted a season-high four-game winning streak July 5-August 31. ... Compiled a 2-0 record, 1.86 ERA (9.2IP/2ER) and 11 strikeouts in nine outings during July. ... Posted a 2-0 record and 1.69 ERA (16.0IP/3ER) in 14 appearances during August. ... Limited righthanded hitters to a .197 batting average (27x137)...lefties batted .288 (23x80) against him. 2011 Began the 2011 season with the Toronto Blue Jays after signing as a free agent on January 5...finished the season with the St. Louis Cardinals after being acquired from Toronto in an eight-player deal on July 27...Sidelined March 22-April 8 with a left hamstring strain...Did not allow a run in 12 straight outings June 17-July 19, tossing 9.2 scoreless innings...Fanned a season-high five batters on September 1 at Milwaukee...Limited righthanded batters to a .154 batting average (19x123)...lefties hit .236 (17x72) against him. 2010 Sigend as a free agent by Pittsburg on Jan. 21, 2010 ... Was traded to the Dodgers on July 31 for RHP James McDonald and OF Andrew Lambo ... Acquired by Colorado on Aug. 18 for a player to named later ... 2009 Spent second straight full season with Chicago (AL)...Ranked eighth in strikeouts per 9.0ip (10.83) and 10th in strikeouts (75) among American League relief pitchers...Held first batter faced to a .151 average (8-for-53), the seventh-lowest mark in the A.L...Allowed 14 stolen bases, most among league relievers...Struck out the side and earned the win on Opening Day (4/7) vs. Kansas City...Retired all three batters he faced by strikeout on 4/7 and 4/9 vs. Kansas City, the first time he fanned the side in back-to-back outings since 7/27/04 vs. Seattle and 7/29/04 at Texas...Recorded nine of his first 10 outs of the season via strikeout...Suffered loss on 5/18 at Toronto, ending a streak of 18 consecutive scoreless appearances dating back to 9/18/08...Posted a combined 1.04 ERA (17.1ip/2er) thru the month of May before registering a 6.08 ERA (13.1ip/9er) in June...Pitched 3.0 scoreless innings for a win on 9/9 vs. Oakland, his longest outing since 8/6/04 at Minnesota (also 3.0ip)...Went 0-for-3 in save situations...Did not pitch after 9/25 due to a sore neck. 2008 tied for the american league lead among relievers with 92 strikeouts (also Tampa Bay's J.P. Howell) in his fi rst season with the White sox ... also ranked among al relief leaders in strikeouts per 9.0 ip (2nd, 12.36), holds (t7th, 21) and appearances (t8th, 72) ... his 72 appearances marked his most since 2004 (77), and his 21 holds were the highest total since 2003 with Houston (33) ... struck out at least one batter in 57 of 72 outings, including two or more strikeouts 22 times ... his 92 strikeouts marked the most by a sox reliever since Keith foulke (123) in 1999 and rank eighth in club history ... posted a 2.98 era (14 er/42.1 ip) prior to the all-star Break and a 5.11 era (14 er/24.2 ip) after the Midsummer classic ... pitched with no rest 16 times, compiling a 3.31 era (6 er/16.1 ip) ... right-handers hit .194 (34-175) and lefties .240 (18-75) ... surrendered 12 home runs, tied for fourth-most in the AL ... fi rst batters faced hit .177 (11-62) ... allowed 27.9 percent (12-43) of inherited runners to score ... opponents went 16-17 in stolen base attempts, most among all relief pitchers ... opponents no. 3-5 hitters batted .342 (30-88) with eight homers, compared to .136 (22-162) for the rest of the lineup ... was 1-5 in save opportunites ... 52 of his appearances were scoreless ... 58 of his outings lasted 1.0 ip or less ... lost his white sox debut on opening day at cleveland (3 er/1.0 ip) ... blew the save on 4/22 vs. the yankees on Bobby abreu's grand slam ... matched his career high (ninth time) with fi ve strikeouts on 5/8 vs. Minnesota (2.0 IP) ... struck out at least one batter in 16 straight outings from 4/4-5/17 (25 so/16.1 ip) ... his 24 strikeouts in May marked his highest monthly total since 7/04 (28) ... earned the win on 6/4 vs. Kansas city with a season-high 2.2 scoreless ip ... suffered his second blown save on 6/20 at the cubs, allowing back-to-back home runs to derrek lee and aramis ramirez ... struck out the side in the ninth inning on 7/9 at Kansas City, his fi rst save since 7/28/07 vs. Texas (with Royals) ... hurled 2.1 perfect IP with four strikeouts on 9/26 vs. Cleveland ... ERA was 2.85 on 7/29, but allowed 13 runs over his fi nal 19.2 IP (5.95 era). 2007 Acquired 7/31 from Kansas City for RHP Kyle Davies. Went 2-1 with 11 saves (14 save opp.) and 3.91 ERA in 24 games with the Royals (10 ER/23.0 IP) while holding opponents to a .264 avg...Held right-handed batters to a .225 avg. and left-handed batters hit .265...Before the all-star break, he was 2-1 with 8 saves (11 opps.) with a 3.50 ERA and after the break he was 0-0 with 3 saves (4 opps.) with a 4.97 ERA...At home he had a 4.91 ERA and four saves while getting seven saves and a 2.92 ERA on the road. At Turner Field, he went 0-0 with a blown save and a 7.71 ERA (4 ER/4.2 IP)...Activated 9/20 from the 15-day disabled list (right shoulder strain) after missing 39 games and made his first appearance back on 9/22 by stranding two runners with a inning-ending strikeout in the 10th vs. MIL...After his return from the DL, he pitched 3.1 innings in four games with one hit, seven Ks and no walks...With KC, he was recalled from his rehab assignment in Wichita (AA) and reinstated from the 15-day D.L. on 5/23 (went on 4/4)...he had been sidelined with a strained left oblique...Posted his 10th save of the year, closing out the 6/18 win in Boston, a 6-5 decision...Dotel made good on his first six save chances before being charged with blown saves in St. Louis on 6/20 and Milwaukee on 6/24...He recorded his first save of the year on 6/1 at TB, which was his first in the majors since 5/16/05, with Oakland over Boston...Earned first Atlanta hold on 9/23 by striking out side after a leadoff hit in the 8th inning vs. MIL...Made his Atlanta debut with a scoreless ninth inning on 8/1 vs. HOU (1 K)...Suffered his first ATL blown save (fourth overall) on 8/5 vs. COL. 2006 Made just 14 relief appearances for the New York Yankees as he continued his comeback from Tommy John surgery...went 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA, allowing 12 earned runs on 18 hits in 10.0 innings...walked 11 and struck out 7...Began the season on the 15-day D.L. recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2005...Appeared in a 13 rehab games with the Gulf Coast Yankees (R), Staten Island (A), Tampa (A), Trenton (AA) and Columbus (AAA)...combined to go 0-0 with a 1.35 ERA (13.1 IP, 2 ER)...Was activated from the 15-day D.L. and returned from his rehab assignment on Aug. 16...allowed 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 1 in 0.1 inning vs. Baltimore that night...the appearance was his 1st in the Majors since May 16, 2005 vs. Boston while with Oakland. 2005 Began the season as the A's closer but was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 19 with a strained right elbow and ended up missing the remainder of the season...Dr. James Andrews performed Tommy John surgery on the elbow on June 6 in Birmingham, Ala....was 7-for-11 (63.6%) in save opportunities in 15 games with the A's and was 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA...his four blown saves were tied for the Major League lead at the time of his injury...allowed a .185 opponents batting average, which broke down to .107 (3-for-28) against right-handed hitters and .269 (7-for-26) against lefties...has allowed a .213 opponents batting average in his career, including .201 (238-for-1185) against right-handers and .227 (226-for-996) against left-handers...his opponents average dropped to .143 (3-for-21) with runners in scoring position, including .100 (1-for-10) with RISP and two outs...opponents now have a .201 (112-for-558) career average with RISP, including .147 (41-for-278) with RISP and two outs...struck out 16, but walked 11 in 15.1 innings...now has 481 strikeouts as a reliever since 2001, which is the most in the Majors over that span (second is Billy Wagner, 418)...has 725 career strikeouts in 600.1 innings, an average of 10.87 per nine innings...first batters faced were 1-for-12 (.083) with three walks and now have a .194 (58-for-299) batting average in his career...allowed 2 of 10 inherited runners to score in his 15 games...inherited just 17 runners in 77 games with the A's and Houston in 2004...opponents were 0-for-9 when leading off an inning...tossed one or more innings in 12 of his 15 outings...converted each of his first five save opportunities and did not allow a run in seven of his first eight outings (8.1 ip, 4 h, 1 r, 1 er, 4 bb, 10 so, 0 hr, 1.08 ERA)...then went 1-2 with two saves, four blown saves and a 6.43 ERA over his last seven outings (7.0 ip, 6 h, 5 r, 5 er, 7 bb, 6 so, 2 hr)...was charged with blown saves in three consecutive outings on May 6 at New York, and May 10 and 11 at Boston...allowed back-to-back walk-off home runs to the Red Sox on May 10 (Millar) and 11 (Varitek), marking the sixth time in Major League history a pitcher has surrendered back-to-back game-ending home runs to the same team on consecutive days...it was the first time since July 22-23, 1998, when the A's Mike Fetters did it against Baltimore...recorded his seventh save of the season in his final outing on May 16 against Boston (1.0 ip, 1 h, 1 so) and was placed on the DL on May 20...was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 13. 1993 Went 6-2 with a 4.10 ERA in 15 games, 11 starts, in his professional debut with the Mets affiliate in the Dominican League. 1994 Led the Dominican League Mets in strikeouts (95) and was a perfect 5-0 with a 4.32 ERA in 15 games, 14 starts. 1995 Won the Doubleday Award as the Most Valuable Player on his Gulf Coast team...went 7-4 with a 2.18 ERA in 13 games, 12 starts...earned a promotion to St. Lucie where he went 1-0 with a 5.63 ERA in three relief appearances. 1996 Was 11-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 22 games, 19 starts at Columbia...struck out 142 batters in 115.1 innings...struck out a season high 12 in a 2-1 loss at Charleston, SC on May 2...in seven innings, he permitted three hits, two runs, earned, with two walks. 1997 Went on the DL on June 6 for three weeks with a subluxation of the right shoulder...pitched for three teams during the year: Single-A St. Lucie, Double-A Binghamton and the rookie league Gulf Coast Mets...was a combined 8-6 with a 4.07 ERA and one save in 24 games, 22 starts. 1998 Was recalled by the Mets from Triple-A Norfolk on September 8 but did not pitch...his combined minor league totals from Norfolk and Double-A Binghamton were 12-8 with a 2.84 ERA, 167.2 innings pitched, 66 runs, 53 earned runs, 67 walks and 200 strikeouts...the 200 combined strikeouts led all Double and Triple A pitchers, as well as all Mets minor leaguers. 2004 Acquired from Kansas City on June 24 for Mike Wood and Mark Teahen after he was traded to the Royals with Jon Buck from Houston for Carlos Beltran earlier in the day...ended up saving 22 games for the A's, which tied for seventh in the per nine innings...was 6-2 with a 4.09 ERA in 45 appearances with the A's after going 0-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 32 appearances with the Astros...combined for a 6-6 record and a 3.69 ERA in 77 appearances overall...those were the second most appearances of his career to his 83 in 2002 with Houston...allowed a .217 opponents batting average which broke down to .188 (29 for 154) against right-handers and .245 (39 for 159) against left-handers...has allowed a .213 opponents batting average in his career, including .203 (235 for 1157) against right-handers and .226 (219 for 970) against left-handers...opponents average dropped to .182 (16 for 88) with runners in scoring position, including .188 (9 for 48) with RISP and two outs...opponents now have a .203 (109 for 537) career average with RISP, including .149 (40 for 268) with RISP and two outs...allowed just 1 of his 15 (6.7%) inherited runners to score with the A's and 2 of 17 (11.8%) overall...first batters faced were 8 for 40 (.200) with the A's and batted .239 (16 for 67) with three home runs, eight walks and two hit by pitches overall... had a 4.81 ERA (13 er in 24.1 ip) and .265 (26 for 98) opponents batting average in 23 appearances when pitching on no days rest and a 3.25 ERA (22 er in 61.0 ip) and .195 (42 for 215) opponents batting average in his other 54 outings...was 5-0 with a 1.82 ERA (6 er in 29.2 ip) and converted 13 of his 15 (86.7%) save opportunities in 26 appearances in the Coliseum and was 1-2 with a 7.29 ERA (17 er in 21.0) while converting 9 of his 13 (69.2%) save chances in 19 appearances on the road as an Athletic...was 2-1 with a 5.54 ERA (16 er in 26.0 ip), nine saves and four blown saves over his first 21 appearances with the A's and then went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA (7 er in 24.2 ip), 13 saves and two blown saves over his final 24 outings with Oakland...made his A's debut on June 26 against San Francisco...entered the game with a 6-3 lead, the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning and retired the final two batters...then allowed four runs in the ninth inning, including a three-run home run to Pierzynski, for the blown save...five of his six blown saves with the A's came after entering the game with a lead of two or more runs...picked up the win in the game against the Giants when the A's scored once in the 10th inning for an 8-7 win...that snapped a career high six-game losing streak dating back to June 29, 2003...allowed five straight first batter hits from June 30 to July 8...did not allow a run or a hit in his first seven games after the All-Star Break (7.2 ip, 3 bb, 16 so) and converted each of first six save opportunities after the break before recording the blown save in consecutive outings on August 4 at New York and August 6 at Minnesota...tossed a season high 3.0 innings on the 6th but also picked up the win as the A's came back to win 3-1 in 11 innings...had seven outings of two or more innings in 2004...converted seven consecutive saves from August 10 to 28 and retired 26 of the 30 batters he faced over that span (8.2 ip, 4 h, 10 so)...then had six saves, two blown saves and a 3.94 ERA (7 er in 16.0 ip) over his final 15 outings...stranded each of his first 13 inherited runners with the A's before allowing 1 of 2 to score on October 2 against Anaheim...the run that scored was the deciding run in the A's 5-4 loss in the Angels division clinching win...his best streak of consecutive saves with Houston was six from April 13 to May 9...made his 300th career appearance on May 3 against Cincinnati...had five strikeouts in 2.0 innings on May 16 against New York (NL) which tied his career best as a reliever (eighth time). American League, despite spending the first 11-1/2 weeks of the season in the National League...also had six blown saves, which were tied for ninth most in the AL, and his save percentage of 78.6 (22 for 28) was second lowest in the AL...his 22 saves were the fewest by an A's team leader since Bill Taylor had 17 in 1996...was 14 for 17 (82.4%) in save opportunities with the Astros and was 36 for 45 (80.0%) overall which was sixth lowest in the majors...his 36 saves overall were a career high as he had just 28 career saves entering the season, including a high of 16 in 2000...finished 12th among Major League relievers in saves...combined with the A's and Astros to strike out 122 batters in 85.1 innings, an average of 12.87 per nine innings...tied for third among Major League relievers in strikeouts and now has 465 strikeouts as a reliever since 2001 which is the most in the majors over that span (Gagne, LA 375)...has 709 strikeouts in 585.0 career innings, an average of 10.91 2003 Finished the season 6-4 with a 2.48 ERA and four saves in 76 appearances...the 76 games marked the ninth-highest total in club single-season history...opponents hit .172 against him...ranked fourth in the National League and tied for sixth in the Majors among relievers with 87.0 innings pitched...finished tied for fourth among Major League relievers, along with teammate Brad Lidge, with 97 strikeouts...did not allow a run in 11 September appearances (13.2 innings)...posted a 5-1 record with a 1.05 ERA (3 er in 25.2 ip), including one save, 14 hits, 10 walks and 35 strikeouts in 23 appearances from May 3-June 18...was one of six pitchers who combined to no-hit the Yankees on June 11 at New York...tied the Major League record (45th time) and became the second pitcher in Astros history to strike out four hitters in an inning (Mike Scott, Sept. 3, 1986 at Cubs)...whiffed four Yankees in eighth inning...pitched 12.2 consecutive scoreless innings over 12 games from May 1-23...before the streak ended on May 27 at St. Louis, had not allowed a run since May 1 vs. Atlanta...notched his first save on April 27 at Montreal...began the year with three scoreless innings before allowing a leadoff homer (LaRue) in the 10th inning on April 8 in a 2-1 loss to the Reds...it was his first allowed since June 20, 2002 vs. Milwaukee, a span of 56.0 innings and 48 appearances. 2002 Continued to entrench his status as one of the game's top relievers, going 6-4 with a 1.85 ERA and six saves...set the franchise single-season record with a career-high 83 appearances...made his 83rd appearance on September 29 at San Francisco...led Major League relievers with 118 strikeouts and ranked second with 97.1 innings...ranked second among Major League relievers (30+ innings) in batting average against (.173) and seventh in ERA (1.85)...allowed five runs over his last 50.0 innings (0.90 ERA from June 27)...did not allow more than two earned runs in an appearance (four times)...posted a 1-1 record with a 2.03 ERA (3 er in 13.1 ip) over 13 games in September...allowed one run in August (0.50 ERA, 1 er in 18.0 ip)...collected 21 strikeouts and two walks...finished July with a 1-0 record and a 0.57 ERA (1 er in 15.2 ip)...was 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA (3 er in 18.2 ip) in June...tossed 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings over 13 outings from August 9 to September 5...pitched 13.2 scoreless innings over 11 games from June 27 to July 18...suffered consecutive blown saves on May 22-23 at St. Louis. 2001 Began the season in the starting rotation, but emerged as one of the Majors' top relievers...was first among all Major League relievers in strikeouts (128), fourth in batting average against (.182) and fifth in ERA (1.93)...went 6-3 with two saves in 57 relief appearances...was 1-2 with a 5.57 ERA (13 er in 21.0 ip) in four games as a starter...made his last start on May 1 at New York (no decision)...moved to the bullpen on May 4...home run allowed to St. Louis' Mark McGwire on September 26 was his first allowed since June 3 to Los Angeles' Tim Bogar...posted a 31.1 inning streak (22 games) without allowing an earned run from July 8 at Kansas City to September 3 at Cincinnati...allowed an eighth inning earned run at the Reds to take the loss in a 3-2 defeat...yielded an unearned run on August 14 vs. the Cubs, snapping a 20.2 consecutive scoreless innings streak spanning 14 outings (July 8 to August 12)...his 3.1 innings against San Diego on May 23 were a career high as a reliever. 2000 Became the first pitcher in National League history and only the second in Major League annals to have as many as 15 starts and 15 saves in a single year...only the eighth pitcher in big league history to record at least 15 starts and notch as many as 10 saves in a single campaign...had made 16 starts and one relief appearance upon moving into a relief role in mid-season...joined the bullpen corps on July 4, becoming the full-time closer after Billy Wagner underwent elbow surgery...was 1-5 with a 5.84 ERA as a starter...posted a 2-2 record and a 4.24 ERA over 34 relief stints...holds the distinction of being Houston's first pitcher to start the first regular-season game at Minute Maid Park, a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia on April 7 (6.0 ip, 5 h, 2 r, 1 bb, 5 so)...had 10 strikeouts on April 18 at Los Angeles...gained his first win as an Astro on May 1 at Milwaukee, allowing no runs and just one hit in an abbreviated five-inning stint...left the game with a sore left hip...fanned a career-high 13 batters on June 26 at Arizona, but lost 6-1...pitched one inning of relief on July 6 vs. Arizona in his first outing as the Astros' closer...notched his first save of the season on July 9 vs. Kansas City in a 9-6 win...did not allow a run over his first 11 relief outings and 12 innings from July 6-August 4...became the first pitcher in franchise history to save four consecutive games (August 15-16 vs. Pittsburgh, August 18-19 vs. Milwaukee). 1999 Began the season at Triple-A Norfolk but ended his year as the winning pitcher of Game 5 in the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves...the Mets were 10-4 in his 14 starts...named NL Player of the Week for July 19-25, going 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA in two starts...was originally recalled from Norfolk of the International League on June 23...sent to Norfolk following his July 7 start vs. the Expos at Shea...was recalled from Norfolk for a second time on July 18...made his first Major League start at Atlanta on June 26 and lost, 7-2 (4.1 ip, 5 h, 6 r, 6 er, 5 bb, 3 so)...earned his first Major League victory, 12-8 at Florida on July 1 (5.0 ip, 6 h, 5 r, 5 er, 3 bb, 5 so)...struck out 10 batters over seven innings of three-hit ball to defeat the Dodgers, 2-1 at Shea on August 6...took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on August 16 at San Diego before surrendering a three-run home run to Phil Nevin...had his first Major League hit, a single off the Padres' Sterling Hitchcock on August 16 at San Diego...went 2 for 3 in that game...had his first Major League RBI and run scored at Florida on July 1...pitched the final three innings of a 15-inning marathon with the Atlanta Braves in Game Five of the NLCS...notched the win as he allowed one run in that outing as the Mets came from behind to win the game, 4-...named International League Pitcher of the Week for May 24-30.