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Chris Reitsma MLB Career Stats

32-46 4.70 609.0 359 1.41

Chris Reitsma Bio

  • Full Name: Christopher Michael Reitsma
  • Born: 12/31/1977 in Minneapolis, MN
  • Draft: 1996, Boston Red Sox, 1st rd. (34th overall)
  • High School: Calgary Christian, Calgary, AB
  • Debut: April 4, 2001
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MLB Career Stats 32 46 4.70 338 53 37 609.0 359 1.41


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Chris Reitsma Awards

NL Player of the Week

Week Team League
04/15/2001 Cincinnati NL

Reds Johnny Vander Meer Award

Year Team League
2003 Cincinnati NL

Chris Reitsma Leaderboards


Season SV Rank
2003 12 18th in NL
2005 15 15th in NL
2006 8 22nd in NL

Complete Games

Season CG Rank
2002 1 22nd in NL


Season SHO Rank
2002 1 10th in NL


Season G Rank
2004 84 3rd in NL
2005 76 10th in NL


Season HLD Rank
2004 31 2nd in NL
2005 13 24th in NL

Strikeouts per Nine Innings

Season K/9 Rank
2001 4.75 3rd in NL

Strikeout/Walk Ratio

Season K/BB Rank
2001 1.96 15th in NL


Season H Rank
2001 209 17th in NL

Christopher Michael Reitsma Bio Info

He and his wife Janelle have two daughters, Kylie and Emily...Graduated from Calgary Christian High School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he earned three varsity letters in basketball...Pitched on the Canadian Junior National Team...In the Calgary Babe Ruth League went 6-0 with two no-hitters in seven games...In the off-season he works with children with disabilities...Last name pronounced REETS-muh. 2006 Given the chance to be the team's closer, he converted eight of his 12 save opportunities. He allowed 10 earned runs in the 12 1/3 innings he completed in May, and posted a 21.21 ERA in five June appearances. He was placed on the disabled list on June 12, and made just one more appearance before having surgery to repair the ulnar neuritis that was causing numbness in his right hand. 2005 Agreed to participate for Canada in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. ... Appeared in a team-high 76 games, the second straight year he led the Braves in appearances (had a franchise-record 84 in 2004). ... His 15 saves established a career high (previously had 12 for the Reds in 2003). ... Retired 57 of 76 (75%) of the first batters he faced. ... Earned his first save of the season and the 15th of his career with 2.0 scoreless innings 5/25 vs. NYM. ... His save 6/1 at WSH (16th career save) and his save 5/25 vs. NYM are only 2.0+ IP saves of his career. ... Took a liner off his right side (J.J. Hardy) in the ninth inning 7/10 and had to leave the game. X-rays were negative. ... Earned his first career Rolaids Man of the Month Award in July, edging Houston's Brad Lidge in Rolaids points (28-26). ... Had converted nine straight save opportunities (7/3-8/4) prior to allowing four runs, getting a BS and loss at STL on 8/7 - his first blown save since 6/29 at FLA. ... Earned a save or win in 10 straight appearances from 7/15 to 8/4 (two wins, eight saves). ... Suffered his ninth blown save and sixth loss 9/28 on T. Greene's three-run homer in the eighth inning. ... 2005 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Hou.): Appeared in all four games, allowing six earned runs in 3.1 IP...Was tagged for four runs on three hits in 0.1 IP in Game 1, all on singles, a sacrifice bunt and inherited runners allowed by John Foster who followed...Threw a scoreless eighth inning in Game 2...Allowed a double and single to leadoff the seventh inning of Game 3, both runners eventually scoring...Threw two scoreless innings in Game 4 at Houston. 2004 Appeared in a franchise-record 84 games...Tied for second in the NL with 31 holds...In the offseason, he was part of the MLB All-Star team that traveled to Japan, 11/5-14. During the eightgame exhibition series, in three appearances he went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA over 3.0 IP, allowing one hit and had one strikeout...Allowed just three of 19 inherited runners to scored this season - all in the same game 6/22 at FLA...Was acquired via trade from the Reds on 3/26. Pitched 13 spring games overall, posting a 1.93 ERA...Recorded his second save 9/25 vs. FLA...Claimed his fifth win 8/18 at SD...Earned his first Braves save on 8/6 at ARI...Suffered loss 8/3 at HOU, allowing an 8th-inning run. Won his fourth game on 7/22 vs. PIT. 2004 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Hou.): Appeared in Games 1, 3 and 5...Came on in the sixth inning of Game 3 and stranded men at second and third to keep the game at 4-2 Astros....In Game 5, came in for the seventh inning and gave up four runs on four hits, including a two-run homer by Jeff Bagwell. 2003 Was voted the club's Most Outstanding Pitcher by the local chapter of the BBWAA...became the first pitcher in modern history to lead the Reds in victories with fewer than his last 47 apps of the season beginning 6/1 went 6-3-12, 2.84...after Scott Williamson was traded to the Red Sox on 7/29 became the club's closer...converted his last 5 save opps, 12 of his last 14 save opps and 12 of 18 save opps overall...went 1-1, 7.27 in his 3 starts and 8-4, 3.51 in his 54 relief apps...made his last 53 apps out of the bullpen...made his first 2 apps of the season as a his season debut on 4/23 vs LA threw 8.0 shutout innings in the 3-0 victory (8h, 1bb, 2k) his next appearance, a 10-5 loss on 4/29 at Col, allowed 12 hits and 9 earned runs, both career highs, and 9 runs to tie his career high...also allowed 3 homers...following that second start was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right biceps muscle...did not pitch again until a relief appearance on 5/6 vs StL...on 5/9 vs Mil started in place of the injured Ryan Dempster (4.1ip, 7h, 5er), then returned to the bullpen for his last 53 his 9-3 victory on 5/21 vs Atl threw 4.0 shutout innings in the longest relief outing of his the 3-2 win on 8/14 vs Ari recorded the first save of his professional a reliever retired the first batter 41-54 times and stranded 16-21 inherited baserunners...the Reds went 32-25 in games he pitched...didn't pitch from 6/29-7/4 because of discomfort in his right forearm...began the season at Louisville, where he made 4 starts before he was promoted as 1 of 7 player transactions on 4/19 following a day/night doubleheader sweep loss to the Expos in San Juan.

Career highlights: In voting of the Cincinnati chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America received the 2003 Johnny Vander Meer Award as the club's Most Outstanding 2001 became the first Reds pitcher to lead National League rookies in both starts (29) and innings pitched (182) since LHP Tom Browning in 1985 (38gs, 261.1ip) and the first righthander to do it since Pat Zachry in 1976 (28gs, 204ip)...was named National League Co-Player of the Week from 4/9-4/15, 2001...twice has broken his elbow throwing 1997 had surgery to insert and then remove screws in his right elbow and in 1998 suffered a stress fracture in that elbow that did not require 1996, his first professional season, was named Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the a citizen of both the United States and 2001 became the 11th Canadian citizen to appear for the Reds (OF Glen Gorbous, P Bert Sincock, OF Doc Miller, P Clarence Currie, P Bob Hooper, OF Nigel Wilson, P Rube Vickers, OF Andy Kyle, P Win Kellum, OF Tip O'Neill)...his Major League debut was the lead story on the Calgary broadcast news and made Page 1A of the Calgary Herald. 2002 In his second Major League season went 6-12, 3.64 in 32 apps, including 21 starts...from 7/31-8/19 also made 3 starts at Class AAA Louisville (2-0, 3.86, 1cg)...spent 1 day on the Class AA Chattanooga roster...he was optioned there on 8/27, when Elmer Dessens came off the disabled list, and was recalled the next day, when Brian Moehler went on the DL...led the staff with 12 losses...went 4-10, 4.07 in his 21 starts and 2-2, 1.29 in 11 relief apps...made his first 19 apps as a starter and 11 of his last 13 apps out of the bullpen, including each of his last 8 apps of the season (1.26era)...began the season with the Reds and went 4-8, 3.41 in 19 starts and 2 relief apps before he was optioned to Louisville on 7/31, when Gabe White came off the DL...made his 3 starts for Louisville, including a 4-hit complete game in the 8-2 victory at Columbus on 8/9, and returned to Cin on 8/20...after that 8/20 recall finished the season 2-4, 4.61 in 2 starts and 9 relief his 21 starts the Reds went 8-13 and scored 77 runs (3.7 r/g), including an average of just 2.33 runs with Reitsma still in the game...Reds batters scored 29 runs total in his last 11 starts (2.6 r/g) his first 9 starts through 5/21 went 3-0, his last 12 starts went 1-10, 5.11, including a career-high 7-game losing streak from 5/26-7/3 (8gs, 0-7, 4.37) that tied Joey Hamilton for the longest by a Reds pitcher all his 8 starts during that losing streak the Reds scored 20 runs (2.5 r/g) his first start of the second half snapped that skid with a 2-0 victory on 7/15 at Mil, the first of the Reds' 2 complete games (5h, 3bb, 4k)...was his first career CG and shutout, in his 47th career start, and the Reds' first complete game since 7/28/01 to snap a streak in which they had gone 150g without a that 2-0 win didn't allow a runner to reach third base, induced 3 GIDP and stranded 5 baserunners...twice was the victim of blown saves...2 starts were cut short when he did not return after rain delays (4/24 vs Col, 5/31 vs Atl)...made 8 quality starts (6ip, 3er)...the last 2 seasons went 2-12 in the 16 starts in which the Reds scored 2 runs or fewer, including 1-5 in 8 starts in 2002...made his final start in an 11-2 loss on 8/31 vs Mil and allowed a career-high 5 homers to tie the club record accomplished many times, most recently by Brett Tomko on 6/15/99 vs NYM...on 4/12 at Phi, threw 2.1 innings to tie his shortest career start (9/10/01 at Chi)...on 4/18 vs Hou recorded a career-high 7 the 11-4 loss on 7/3 vs Hou allowed a career-high 9 runs, all unearned following his own error and errors by Barry Larkin and Todd relief retired the first batter 8-11 times (73%)...stranded 2-3 inherited a hitter began the season 0-for-18 until he singled off Jason Simontacchi on 6/28 at StL. 2001

  • In 2001 became the first Reds pitcher to lead National League rookies in both starts (29) and innings pitched (182) since LHP Tom Browning in 1985 (38gs, 261.1IP) and the first righthander to do it since Pat Zachry in 1976 (28gs, 204IP).
  • Was named National League Co-Player of the Week from 4/9-4/15, 2001.
  • Is a citizen of both the United States and 2001 became the 11th Canadian citizen to appear for the Reds (OF Glen Gorbous, P Bert Sincock, OF Doc Miller, P Clarence Currie, P Bob Hooper, OF Nigel Wilson, P Rube Vickers, OF Andy Kyle, P Win Kellum, OF Tip O'Neill)... his Major League debut was the lead story on the Calgary broadcast news and made Page 1A of the Calgary Herald.
  • In his Major League debut went 7-15, 5.29 in 29 starts and seven relief appearances.
  • Led National League rookies in starts and innings pitched and ranked among the rookie leaders in strikeouts (3rd) and wins (T5th)...ranked second on the Reds' staff in starts, innings pitched, strikeouts and quality starts (16)...led the club in losses.
  • Was one of 11 Reds players to make his Major League debut in 2001, one of four Reds pitchers to make that debut as a starter (Jose Acevedo, Lance Davis, Brian Reith) and one of four Reds pitchers to skip Class AAA (Jose Acevedo, Brian Reith, Chris Piersoll)...from 6/19-7/4 pitched in a rotation that included fellow rookies Brian Reith, Chris Reitsma and Lance Davis, giving the Reds four rookies in the same rotation for the first time since 1993 (Bobby Ayala, Larry Luebbers, John Roper, Tim Pugh)...was one of five first-year pitchers to make at least one start (Jose Acevedo, Lance Davis, Jared Fernandez, Brian Reith)...five first-year pitchers started at least one game for the Reds for the first time since 1945.
  • In the National League Rookie of the Month Award voting for April was the only player other than winner Albert Pujols of St. Louis to receive April led all NL Rookies in innings pitched (30.0) and tied for the lead in strikeouts (17)...was named NL Co-Player of the Week for the week ending 4/15 (2gs, 2-0, 0.68)...shared the award with LA's Gary Sheffield...became the first Reds pitcher to win a Player of the Week Award since Jose Rijo won for the week ending 9/23/90.
  • Earned a spot in the Reds' rotation after he finishing spring training 1-1, 2.66 in six games and two starts.
  • Through 7/22 made his first 21 appearances for the Reds as a starter (4-10, 4.17)...skipped a scheduled start on 7/28 after accumulating a career-high 206IP in the previous calendar year.
  • On 7/29 vs Florida, made his first relief appearance of the season and threw a perfect inning to earn the 8-4 victory...returned to the rotation with his next appearance, a 2-0 loss on 8/4 at San Diego (7IP, 6H, 2ER, 1BB, 4K), and made eight more starts (2-5, 6.70) before he returned to the bullpen for his last six appearances of the season (0-0, 6.75)...made his last start of the season on 9/10 at Cubs, in the shortest start of his career suffered the 8-2 loss (2.1IP, 7H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 1IBB, 0K).
  • Allowed 56 of his 121 runs with two outs (46%)...the Reds went 10-19 in his 29 starts and scored 138 runs (4.8 r/g)...went 1-7 in the eight starts in which the Reds scored two runs or fewer...three times was a victim of blown saves.
  • Allowed just two home runs in his first 49.2IP, then leading off the seventh inning of his 6-3 loss on 5/19 at Houston allowed homers on consecutive pitches to Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman...from 4/4-5/8 did not allow a homer in 40IP.
  • On 4/4 vs Pittsburgh made his Major League debut after 68 minor league appearances, including 67 starts...started but received no decision in the 6-5 loss (6IP, 3H, 2ER, 1BB, 4K, 1HR)...after Adrian Brown's two-out, two-run HR in the third inning, allowed only Derek Bell's infield single the rest of his outing...first strikeout victim was John Vander Wal.
  • On 4/9 at Pittsburgh, started the first regular-season game at PNC Park and in the 8-2 win earned his first career victory (6+IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 5K)...he autographed one of the balls used in that game for display in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • In the 1-0 victory at Mets on 4/14 became the first Red to pitch into the eighth inning.
  • In the 11-inning, 4-3 loss on 5/8 at Arizona became the first Reds pitcher to throw at least 8.0 innings.
  • In 10 starts from 6/26-8/20 went 0-7, 6.39...that streak was interrupted by his victory in relief vs Florida on 7/29...he snapped that losing streak as a starter with a 4-2 victory on 8/25 at Montreal, followed by an 11-3 win vs Pittsburgh on 8/31.
  • On 8/20 vs St. Louis, allowed a 439-foot home run to Albert Pujols, the only ball all season to clear the 40-foot batter's eye in center field.
  • In his 4-2 victory on 8/25 at Montreal, turned in one of the best starts by a Reds pitcher all year (8.2IP, 5H, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, 1HR)... took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, then allowed Jose Vidro's leadoff single and Orlando Cabrera's two-out homer...came within one out of becoming the first Reds rookie to throw a shutout since RHP Kevin Jarvis threw a two-hitter in a 2-0 win on 5/10/95 at Florida.
  • In relief, retired the first batter 6-7 times (86%) and stranded all four inherited baserunners.
  • As a hitter, recorded his first Major League hit on 4/14 at Mets (single off Al Leiter), his first RBI on 5/14 vs Houston (single off Wade Miller) and his first extra-base hit on 8/20 vs St. Louis (double off Woody Williams)...with seven sacrifice bunts, ranked second on the club.
  • 2000 Combined to go 10-6, 3.03 with 1 complete game in 25 starts at Class AA Trenton and Class A 154.2 innings allowed just 135 hits and 38 walks with 105 strikeouts...began the season at Sarasota, where he went 3-4, 3.66 in 11 starts...was promoted to Trenton in June and finished the season 7-2, 2.58 in his last 14 starts...he did not pitch after his 8/31 trade to the Trenton allowed just 10.03 baserunners per 9 innings, second-best ratio in the Eastern League, and 1.98 walks per 9 innings, fourth-best ratio in the EL...following the season played for Grand Canyon in the Arizona Fall League and went 2-0, 1.44 with 2 saves in 13 relief apps (25ip, 18h, 4bb, 21k)...ranked third in the AFL in ERA. 1999 Spent the season at Sarasota in the Florida State League and went 4-10, 5.61 in 19 starts...from 5/15-6/12 posted 3 wins and a 3.12era, including consecutive victories on 6/7 and 6/12 in which he allowed just 1 run in 12.0 a win on 8/21 vs Ft. Myers had one of his best outings of the season (7ip, 3h, 0r, 1bb, 5k)...between the wins on 6/12 and 8/21 lost 6 consecutive decisions over 10 starts. 1998 At Class A Sarasota threw 12.2 innings over 8 starts while recovering from a fractured right elbow suffered on 6/4/97. 1997 At Class A Michigan went 4-1, 2.90 in 9 starts before he suffered a fractured right elbow on 6/4 at Rockford...did not pitch the rest of the season...suffered the injury while delivering a pitch. 1996 In his first professional season was named the Minor League Pitcher of the Year for the Red Sox after going 3-1, 1.35 in 6 starts and 1 relief appearance at Gulf Coast League Sarasota...with 32 strikeouts in 26.2 innings averaged 10.8 strikeouts per 9 innings...allowed just 1 walk all season...from 8/7-8/19 went 3-0, 1.72.