BIO

  • Full Name: Johan Alexander Santana
  • Born: March 13, 1979 in Tovar, Venezuela
  • Height: 6′ 0”
  • Weight: 210
  • Bats: Left
  • Throws: Left
  • College: N/A
  • MLB Debut: April 3, 2000

 
Johan Alexander Santana graduated from Liceo Jose Nucete Sardi (VZ) High School, where he played baseball and soccer…Was namedTovar Merida’s Athlete of theYear in 1999…Created the Johan Santana Foundation which supports youth baseball and other children’s charities in his native Venezuela…Arranged to have a fire truck delivered to his hometown ofTovar Merida,VZ…Held the Johan Santana Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon in the summer of 2007 to benefit the NYU Myeloma Center and the Johan Santana Foundation…Is Major League Baseball’s Spokesman for the “Play it SmartWhen it Comes to the Sun Program”, which raises awareness of skin cancer…Santana was involved in the program as a tribute to Lynne Greenberg, the wife of one of his agents, Ed Greenberg…Introduced”Santana’s Select” during the 2008 season,with the help of CharityWines,with all proceeds benefitting the Johan Santana Foundation…Sponsored his FourthAnnual Holiday Party in his hometown ofTovar,Venezuela in December, 2009…Ran a soccer and baseball tournament and handed out over 8,000 gifts to children…Held the Johan Santana All-Star Bowling Classic on June 21, 2010 in Manhattan…Proceeds went to the Johan Santana Foundation.

2010 Highlights
His season came to an end on September 14 when he underwent surgery to repair the tear of his anterior capsule of his left shoulder…The surgery was performed by Mets Medical Director,Dr.DavidAltchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan…Experienced discomfort in his shoulder area in his final start of the year, September 2 at Atlanta…Won that game, 5-2, but came out after 5.0 innings after allowing one earned run on three hits, with one walk and three strikeouts…Hurled three straight complete games fromAugust 12-August 22 vs.Colorado, at Houston and at Pittsburgh…Shut out the Rockies, 4-0, and allowed four hits, with two walks and 10 strikeouts…Lost, 4-3, to the Astros on August 17…Gave up four runs and nine hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in 8.0 innings…Also dropped a 2-1 decision to the Pirates on August 22…Struck out nine and gave up four hits, with a walk in 8.0 innings…Became the first Mets pitcher since David Cone in 1990 to toss three consecutive complete games in a single season…Also became the first Mets pitcher since Jerry Koosman in 1977 to toss consecutive complete games and lose both…The last Mets pitcher to throw four straight complete games was Dwight Gooden from April 15-May 1, 1988…Finished the year on a strong note…In 13 starts beginning on July 1 vs.Washington, he went 6-4 with three no decisions and a 2.37 ERA (25 earned runs/95.0 innings)…Led the majors with 43.1 innings pitched and three complete games inAugust…Finished second in the National League and fourth in the majors for the month with 47 strikeouts, one behind Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels…Is 65-23 after the All-Star Break for his career, the third best winning percentage (.739) in the history of the game…The Phillies’ Roy Oswalt is first at .755,while the Reds’Don Gullet is second at .742…His 2.75 ERA (256 earned runs/836.1 innings) is the top mark in major league history among active pitchers that qualify…This season he did not allow a run in eight starts,which tied him for third in the majors with Jon Lester of Boston and Gio Gonzalez of Oakland…Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt of the Phillies were first with nine…Had 16 starts when he permitted one runs or less, tied for the most in the majors with the Cardinals’AdamWainwright and the Rockies’Ubaldo Jimenez…Dwight Gooden holds the team record with 19 such starts in 1985…Santana’s 16 starts with one run or less are tied for the fourth highest total in franchise history with Gooden’s total in 1984…Tied for second place are Frank Viola (17, 1990) andTom Seaver (17, 1971)…Struck out 10 vs. Colorado on August 12, the second time in three outings that he reached double digits…Struck out a season-high and 2010 team-best 11 batters on August 2 vs. Atlanta…His 11 strikeouts were the most by a Mets pitcher since he struck out 11 on May 27, 2009 vs.Washington…On April 5, he went 6.0 innings and allowed one run and four hits to beat Florida, 7-1…It was his sixth Opening Day start and his fourth straight with the Mets…Allowed a career-high 10 runs on May 2 at Philadelphia…The last Mets pitcher to allowed 10 or more runs in a game was Orlando Hernandez, who surrendered 11 runs on August 15, 2006 at Philadelphia…He also allowed four home runs in a game for the fourth time in his career in that contest…The previous occurrence was June 9, 2009 vs. Philadelphia…The Mets lefty allowed nine runs in the fourth inning, the most he’s allowed in a single frame in his career…Was 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in fiveApril starts (seven earned runs/30.1 innings) and 3-0 with a 2.06 ERA in six contests in July (10 earned runs/43.2 innings)…For the season, he held opponents to a .199 (31-156) batting average and 12 extra-base hits with runners in scoring position…The .199 average ranked ranked ninth in the majors…Tossed a three-hit complete-game shutout to turn back the Reds at home on July 6…In that game, he hit his first major league home run, a solo shot against Matt Maloney in the third inning…Became the first Mets pitcher to hit a home run since John Maine hit one against Ian Snell of the Pirates, July 24, 2007…Became the second Mets pitcher to throw a complete game shutout and hit a home run in the same game on July 6 vs. Cincinnati…Pete Falcone accomplished the feat on September 29, 1981 when he beat the Phillies, 7-0, at Philadelphia…Santana is the sixth pitcher since 1983 to throw a shutout while allowing three hits or fewer and hitting a home run in the same game…The others to do it since then are Floyd Youmans (1986), Pete Harnisch (1999), Chan Ho Park (2000), Jeff D’Amico (2003) and Mike Hampton (2005)…Collected two hits in a game for the fifth time in his career on May 28 at Milwaukee…Put together a four-game hitting streak fromAugust 7-August 22 (4-12, .333).

2009 Highlights
Underwent surgery for the arthroscopic removal of multiple bone fragments from his left elbow on September 1st at the Hospital for Special Surgery…Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek performed the procedure…Recorded his 119th career win on July 11th vs. Cincinnati, giving him the most victories by a Venezuelan-born player, passing Freddy Garcia…Santana now has 122 career wins (Garcia has 121)…Since 2004, he leads the major leagues in wins (99), strikeouts (1,335), ERA (2.86) and opponents batting average (.219)…Placed on the 15-Day Disabled List on August 25th with bone chips in his left elbow…Recorded 13 strikeouts, his most as a member of the Mets, on April 12th at Florida…The 13 strikeouts were the third-most of his career…After his fourth start, had a 0.70 ERA and 37 strikeouts…Before 2009, only two pitchers had an ERA under 0.75 and 36 or more strikeouts in their first four starts of a season: Fernando Valenzuela for the 1981 Dodgers (0.25 ERA, 36 strikeouts) and Tom Cheney for the 1963 Senators (0.25 ERA, 38 strikeouts)…Zack Greinke (0.00 ERA and 36 strikeouts) also accomplished the feat…Won the National League Pitcher of the Month for April…Went 3-1 with an NL-best 1.10 ERA in five starts…Over 32.2 innings, he allowed 22 hits, six runs, four earned, and nine walks, while striking out 44…He surrendered two runs or fewer in all five of his starts…It also marked his second straight monthly honor (September, 2008) and eighth overall…Shut out the Phillies on May 6th for 7.0 innings to stretch his streak of starts allowing two runs or less to a career-best 12…His 0.78 ERA through seven starts was the lowest in franchise history to begin a season…Frank Viola had a 0.87 ERA in 1990…Santana became the 14th pitcher since 1913 (the first season that earned runs officially were tracked in both leagues) to post an ERA below 0.80 through his first seven starts of the season, including Zack Greinke (0.51) in 2009…Became the first NL pitcher to do it since Fernando Valenzuela (0.29) in 1981…Is only the third of those 14 pitchers to lose at least two of his first seven starts…The others were Dutch Leonard (4-2, 0.42) for the Red Sox in 1914 and Dana Fillingim (5-2, 0.29) for the 1918 Boston Braves…The Mets defeated the Phillies 1-0 on May 6th, with Santana earning the win and Francisco Rodriguez collecting the save…It was the second time that Santana won a 1-0 game that Rodriguez saved (April 18th vs. Milwaukee)…It was the first time in major league history that teammates posted the win and the save in a pair of 1-0 games before the end of May…The six runs allowed on May 16th at San Francisco snapped his streak of starts with two runs or less at 13…That stretch was the longest ever fashioned by a current major leaguer… Edinson Volquez had a string of 12 games in 2008…Santana was 9-2 with a 1.57 ERA (17 earned runs/97.1 innings pitched) and 114 strikeouts in this span…Surrendered four home runs on June 9th at home to Philadelphia to tie his career-high…The lefthander had allowed that many once before on July 23, 2007 at Toronto while with Minnesota…He also surrendered consecutive home runs to Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez in the fourth, the first time he allowed back-to-back home runs since July 17, 2008 at Cincinnati (Adam Dunn and Juan Encarnacion)…Also recorded his first RBI since July 27, 2008 with a run-scoring double in the sixth inning of that game, a 6-5 win over Philadelphia…From July 9, 2008-June 9, 2009, he went 17-3 in 20 decisions…Over that stretch, posted a 1.80 ERA (28 earned runs/140.1 innings pitched) and he allowed just 113 hits and 35 walks, while striking out 145…Suffered through the worst start of his career on June 14th at the Yankees…In a 15-0 loss, he allowed a career-high nine runs and nine hits in 3.0 innings, matching his shortest start ever…He was pulled on September 26, 2007 in Detroit after 3.0 innings due to a one hour and 18 minute rain delay and lasted 3.0 innings on May 23, 2004 at home against Chicago (AL)…Improved to 2-0 in 2009 against former Cy Young award winners when he beat Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals, 3-2, on June 25th…Santana also outpitched Randy Johnson in San Francisco on May 16th to earn a 9-6 victory…Allowed three hits in his start on July 5th at Philadelphia, but dropped a 2-0 decision…Finished the season 3-3 with a 1.80 ERA in six games in which he allowed three hits or less…Won his 10th game on July 11th, marking the seventh consecutive season in which has won double-digit games…Struck out Atlanta’s Yunel Escobar on July 18th for his 1,700th career strikeout…Reached that milestone in 1,600.2 innings, the third-fewest among active pitchers behind only Pedro Martinez (1,483.2 innings pitched) and Randy Johnson (1,514.2 innings pitched)…On July 24th, Michael Bourn stole the only base against the lefthander in 2009 when, in the fourth inning, the Houston outfielder broke for second and made it safely after Santana threw to first…It was only the third stolen base attempt against him all season…None came on a pitch delivered to home plate…Among pitchers who made at least 25 starts, he was second in the league with just one stolen base allowed…St. Louis’ Joel Pineiro did not allow any stolen bases…Was named to his fourth All-Star Game, first while in the National League…Did not appear in the American League’s 4-3 win…Went 7.0 scoreless innings during a 7-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader on July 30th against Colorado…It was Santana’s seventh start of the season where he went at least 6.0 innings and did not allow an earned run..Finished two behind the major league leader, Felix Hernandez, in such starts, despite going to the mound nine fewer times…From July 11th through the first inning on July 24th, had a 15.0-inning scoreless streak…In the start on July 24th at Houston, he went on to tie his career high with 12 hits allowed, set originally on May 22, 2008 at Atlanta…It was just the eighth time in his career he allowed double-digit hits…In his last nine games (July 5th-August 20th), pitched into the seventh inning in every turn, going a season-high 8.0 innings in consecutive starts on August 4th vs. St. Louis and August 9th at San Diego…Set his career high with two RBI on August 4th against the Cardinals…His two-run double off Joel Pineiro was also his second double to the season…On August 9th at San Diego, tied his career-high with two hits, done four times…Also drew a walk to reach base in three different at-bats, doing so for just the second time in his career…He had two doubles and a walk on April 23, 2008 at Washington…Became the first pitcher in any game in 2009 to collect two hits, a walk, an RBI and score a run…With just three walks in four August starts, Santana tied for the fewest bases-on-balls in the month among all major league pitchers with at least 29.0 innings in August…Is 18-7 with a 2.63 ERA in 47 games, 34 starts, during the month of September…Has allowed 193 hits, 78 runs, 73 earned, with 72 walks and 271 strikeouts in 250.0 innings…In his last 19 September starts, dating back to September 17, 2005, he is 10-4 with a 2.53 ERA.

2008 Highlights
Underwent artroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus on October 1st…Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek and Mets Team Physician Dr. Straun Coleman performed the procedure…Led the National League in ERA and innings pitched…Established career-bests in both categories…Also finished tied for second in the NL in strikeouts…Matched his career-high in starts…Since 2004, is tied for the major league lead in wins with Roy Oswalt (86), and leads the majors in strikeouts (1,189), ERA (2.82) and opponents batting average (.215)…Finished third in the voting for theNational LeageCy Young Award…Received four first place votes and finishedwith a total of55points…Became the first Mets pitcher since Oliver Perez on September 6, 2006 to throw a complete game when he defeated the Cardinals, 9-1 on July 27th…It was the seventh complete game of his career and his first since June 19, 2007 with Minnesota at Shea Stadium against the Mets…In his last nine starts at Shea Stadium, he went 6-0 with a 1.47 ERA…In 67.1 innings he gave up 53 hits, 11 runs, earned, with 18 walks and 55 strikeouts…Was 9-0 with a 2.09 ERA (26 earned runs/120.2 innings) in his last 17 starts dating to July 4th at Philadelphia…Allowed three runs or less in 16 of these 17 starts…The Mets were 13-4 in these starts…Struck out the first batter he faced in his Mets debut on March 31st…Fanned Marlins leadoff batter Hanley Ramirez…Became the sixth pitcher to make their Mets debut as the starting pitcher on Opening Day…The others were: Roger Craig (1962), Don Cardwell (1967), Mike Hampton (2000), Tom Glavine (2003) and Pedro Martinez (2005)…Of those five, only Martinez did not get tagged with a loss…The 2008 Mets joined the 2008 Padres as only the second and third teams in major league history with two past unanimous winners of the Cy Young Award…Pedro Martinez was a unanimous winner in 1999 and 2002, Santana in 2004 and 2006…San Diego’s Greg Maddux (1994 and 1995) and Jake Peavy (2007) were also unanimous winners…The only other team was the Yankees in 2000 (Roger Clemens and Dwight Gooden)…His loss on April 6th at Atlanta was the first loss of his career in which he allowed only one run…John Smoltz got the win in the Mets’ 3-1 defeat…Issued two intentional walks, both to Chris Burke, on May 4th at Arizona…Coming into this season, he had two career intentional walks…Won his 50th career road game on April 23rd at Washington…At 50-23 he became the fourth pitcher since 1960 to reach 50 wins with 23 or fewer losses (Roger Clemens-21, Mike Mussina-21, Freddy Garcia-23)…Allowed a career-high 12 hits on May 22nd at Atlanta…Had never allowed more than 10 hits in a game, which he had done five times, most recently on May 10th vs. Cincinnati…Collected his 100th career victory, against only 47 career losses, June 1st vs. Los Angeles…Only four other lefthanded pitchers in major league history had fewer than 50 losses at the time of their 100th win: Whitey Ford (100-36), Ron Guidry (100-39), Don Gullett (100-48) and Lefty Gomez (100-49)…Recorded his fourth double-digit strikeout (10) performance as a member of the Mets on September 23rd vs. Chicago (NL)…It was his 43rd career double-digit strikeout game…Is now fifth among active pitchers in double-digit strikeout games, trailing Randy Johnson (212), Pedro Martinez (108), Curt Schilling (93), and John Smoltz (47)…Named the National League Co-Player of the Week with Houston’s Ty Wigginton for the period ending August 17th…Went 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA (three earned runs/16.0 innings)…Earned NL Pitcher of the Month honors for September…Went 4-0 with a 1.83 ERA (nine runs/44.1 innings) with 47 strikeouts…Was 0-4 in six starts from June 6th-July 4th despite a 2.48 ERA (11 earned runs/40.0 innings pitched)…It was only the sixth time in his career that he had lost three or more decisions in a row…Lost three decisions in a row on four occasions: August 6-August 17, 2002, June 19-July 6, 2005, April 4-April 21, 2006 and July 18-August 3, 2007…Lost four decisions in a row one other time, May 18-June 3, 2004…Lasted 4.0 innings in his start on July 17th at Cincinnati …It was the first non-rain affected start since May 23, 2004 with Minnesota vs. Chicago (AL) in which he did not last at least 5.0 innings…Had gone 142 starts with at least 5.0 innings of work…Lasted only 3.0 innings on September 26, 2007 at Detroit in a game that was affected by rain…Recorded the 1,500th strikeout of his career by striking out Chris Coste on July 22nd vs. Philadelphia…Is the only active pitcher under the age of 30 to reach that milestone…Reached 1,500 strikeouts in the fifth fewest number of innings pitched in MLB history…Pedro Martinez (1325.2 innings), Randy Johnson (1361.0 innings), Nolan Ryan (1366.2 innings), Sam Mc- Dowell (1417.0 innings) and Santana (1425.1 innings)…Tossed his fifth career complete-game shutout on August 17th at Pittsburgh…Scattered three hits without a walk and struck out seven as the Mets defeated the Pirates, 4-0…In his last 36 August starts, dating back to August 22, 2002, he is 26-3 with 2.18 ERA (65 earned runs/268.0 innings pitched)…Is 18-7 with a 2.63 ERA in 47 games, 34 starts, during the month of September…Has allowed 193 hits, 78 runs, 73 earned, with 72 walks and 271 strikeouts in 250.0 innings…In his last 19 September starts, dating back to September 17, 2005, he is 10-4 with a 2.53 ERA…Made his second career start on three days rest when he took the mound on September 27th vs. Florida…Tossed his third complete game of the season, and his second shutout in the Mets 2-0 victory…Allowed three hits while walking three and striking out nine…Became the first Mets pitcher since David Cone on August 13, 1990 at San Francisco to toss a complete game on short rest and the first since Dwight Gooden on September 16, 1987 at Montreal to throw a complete-game shutout…Since the 2000 season, only four other pitchers have tossed complete-game shutouts on three days rest: Bronson Arroyo (September 5, 2006, Cincinnati vs. San Francisco), Aaron Harang (April 23, 2006, Cincinnati at Milwaukee), Jason Marquis (August 27, 2005, St. Louis at Washington) and Andy Pettitte (June 29, 2000, New York (AL) at Detroit)…For his career, he is 83-32 with a 2.78 ERA (337 earned runs/1,101.1 innings) in 196 games, 149 starts, from June-October… The lefthander has 1,140 strikeouts over this span, while walking only 302…Hit his fifth double of the season on September 18th atWashington…The five doubles were the most by aMets pitcher since Rick Reed had five in 1997…The five doubles also tie the Mets single-season record for a pitcher with Reed and Ron Darling (1987).

2007 Highlights
Second career Opening Day start, April 2 vs. Baltimore…sixth career complete game and fourth career shutout, June 19 at New York (NL)…season-high five-game win-streak, going 5-0, 1.03 (35.0 ip, 4 er) in five starts, June 19-July 13…pitched 6-plus innings in six consecutive starts, going 3-2, 3.60 (40.0 ip, 16 er), April 2-29…established club record with career-high 17 strikeouts, August 19 vs. Texas and was named the American League Player of the Week by Major League Baseball…earned his 15th win September 9 at Chicago after tossing 7.0 innings, allowing just one run, striking out 10…after his September 26 start in Detroit was cut short due to rain (3.0 innings), his streak of 123 straight starts with 5.0-or-more innings came to an end…the streak started on May 29, 2004 and ran through September 21, 2007…in the past 50 years, it is the third longest such streak, trailing Curt Schilling (147 consecutive, which ended in his first start of 2007) and David Cone (145)…his 123 straight starts of 5.0-or-more innings was the longest such streak in Twins history, ahead of Frank Viola’s streak of 38 from 9/4/87-9/15/88…led club in wins (15), innings pitched (219.0) and strikeouts (235)…hitters swung and missed at 27.6% of his pitches, the highest in the American League…finished the season second in the American League in strikeouts, third in opponents batting-average-against (.225) and strikeouts/per 9.0 innings (9.66), fifth in road ERA (2.95) and day ERA (2.52), sixth in innings pitched, seventh in ERA (3.33), tied for seventh in quality starts (21) and 11th in walks/per 9.0 innings (2.14)…his 33 home runs allowed led the A.L…had seven starts with 10-or-more strikeouts.

2006 Highlights
First career Opening Day start, April 4 at Toronto…pitched 6-plus innings in 10 consecutive starts, April 15-June 2…won four consecutive starts, going 4-0, 2.33 (27.0 ip, 7 er), April 27-May 12…fifth career complete game, May 17 at Detroit…had five-game win-streak, going 5-0, 1.05 (43.0 ip, 5 er) in six starts, June 2-28…season-high 13 strikeouts, June 13 vs. Boston…pitched 7.0 scoreless innings allowing just two hits, June 28 vs. Los Angeles (NL)…named American League Pitcher of the Month for June…selected to second career All-Star team, July 11 at Pittsburgh… matched a season-high with 8.0 scoreless innings allowing just three hits, August 15 vs. Cleveland…season-high nine-game win-streak, going 9-0, 2.51 (89.2 ip, 25 er) in 13 starts, July 15-September 15…recorded 10-or-more strikeouts nine times…has won each of his last 16 decisions at the Metrodome…since Frank Viola won 19 straight regular-season decisions at the Dome from 1987 to 1988, only four other pitchers have posted home winning streaks of at least 15 games: Tommy Greene (15, 1991-1994), Randy Johnson (16, 1995-1997), Kenny Rogers (19, 1997-2000) and Barry Zito (16, 2001-2002)…has not lost a game at home since August 1, 2005 vs. Oakland and the Twins have won their last 23 games at home when Santana pitches, which is the longest such streak for any team during the modern era in home games started by a particular pitcher… finished the year ranking first in the American League in ERA (2.77), innings pitched (233.2), strikeouts (245) and starts (34), and was tied for first in wins (19 with Wang, NYY)…named American League Cy Young Award winner by the BBWAA, receiving all 28 first place votes and winning the award unanimously for the second time in three years…won Joseph W. Haynes Award as Twins’ Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year (voted on by the Twins Cities Chapter of the BBWAA), American League Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News, Major League Player’s Choice Award’s American League Most Outstanding Pitcher, the Warren Spahn Award winner by the Oklahoma Sports Museum and the Satchell Paige Award winner by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

2005 Highlights
Season-high 4-game win-streak, going 4-0, 3.55 (33.0 ip, 13 er) in 4 starts, April 5-26 . . . pitched 6-plus innings in 7 consecutive starts, April 10-May 11 . . . second career complete game, May 6 at Tampa Bay . . . tied career-high 14 strikeouts, June 2 vs. Cleveland . . . third career complete game and second career shutout, June 8 at Arizona . . . selected to first career All-Star team, July 12 at Detroit . . . won 3 consecutive starts, going 3-0, 2.12 (17.0 ip, 4 er), July 16-27 . . . was 3-0, 0.67 (40.1 ip, 3 er) in 5 starts, August 12-September 3 . . . pitched 6-plus innings in 28 of 33 starts, 7-plus innings in 22 starts and 8-plus innings in 12 starts . . . had 24 quality starts . . . averaged 9.2 strikeouts per-9-innings . . . led club in wins, games started, innings pitched, shutouts and strikeouts and tied for lead in complete games . . . led league in strikeouts, strikeouts per-9-innings, opponents batting-average-against, was second in innings pitched, ERA, shutouts and night ERA (2.74), third in home ERA (2.83), fourth in road ERA (2.93), tied for fourth in complete games, fifth in wins, sixth in winning percentage (.696), tied for seventh in fewest walks per-9-innings (1.7) and eighth in day ERA (3.23)…rated Best Changeup in American League by Baseball America . . . became the first Twins’ pitcher to lead the majors in strikeouts . . . won Calvin R. Griffith Award as Most Valuable Twin and Joseph W. Haynes Award as Twins’ Pitcher of the Year.

2004 Highlights
Pitched 6-plus innings in 5 of 6 starts, going 2-0, 4.34 (37.1 ip, 18 er), April 16-May 13 . . . pitched 7-plus innings in 10 consecutive starts, going 6- 2, 1.74 (77.2 ip, 15 er), June 3-July 22 . . . 4th career 10-plus strikeout game, June 9 vs. New York (NL) . . . had 5 consecutive 10-plus strikeout games, June 20-July 11 . . . pitched 8-plus inning in 4 consecutive starts, July 1-17 . . . first career complete game and shutout, July 6 vs. Kansas City . . . named American League Pitcher of the Month for July, going 3-2, 1.17 (46.0 ip, 8 er) in 6 starts, allowing 14 hits while striking out 61 (club record for July) and holding opponents to a .095 (14-147) batting-average-against . . . named American League Pitcher of the Month for August, going 6-0, 2.08 (43.1 ip, 10 er) with 7 walks and 52 strikeouts . . . named American League Player of the Week, September 13-19 . . . career-high 14 strikeouts, September 19 vs. Baltimore . . . set club record with 13 consecutive wins, September 24 at Cleveland . . . named American League Pitcher of the Month for September, going 5-0, 0.45 (40.0 ip, 2 er) with 7 walks and 52 strikeouts, becoming first pitcher since Pedro Martinez (1999) to win the award three times in one season . . . pitched 6-plus innings in 28 of 34 starts, 7-plus innings in 22 starts and 8-plus innings in 9 starts . . . had 25 quality starts . . . averaged 10.46 strikeouts per-9-innings . . . led club in wins, ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts and tied for lead in games started . . . led league in ERA, opponents batting-average-against (.192) and strikeouts and was second in wins and winning percentage . . . established career-highs in virtually every category . . . named American League Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News, Major League Player’s Choice Award’s American League Most Outstanding Pitcher, Warren Spahn Award winner by the Oklahoma Sports Museuem and the Satchell Paige Award winner by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum . . . named American League Cy Young Award winner by the BBWAA, receiving all 28 first place votes, becoming the first Venezuelan to win the award and the third Twin to win the award . . . won Calvin R. Griffith Award as Most Valuable Twin and Joseph W. Haynes Award as Twins’ Pitcher of the Year.

2003 Highlights
Did not allow a run in first 7 appearances (14.0 ip),April 2-20 …season-high 8 strikeouts,April 10 at New York …was 2-0,1.64 (11.0 ip,2 er)in 4 appearances (1 start),April 30-May 9 …was 2-0, 1.64 (21.2 ip,2 er)in 9 appearances (2 starts),May 29-June 25 … named American League Pitcher of the Month for August,going 5-0, 1.07 (42.0 ip,5 er),walking 10 and striking out 44 …career-high 8-game win-streak,August 3-September 20 …tossed 8.0 innings in three consecutive starts,August 8-19 …had back-to-back 10 strikeout games,August 19-24 …had .191 (34-178)batting-aver- age-against with 5 homers vs.lefthanders …stranded 16 of 22 (73%)inherited runners and first batters faced in relief were 3-24 (.125)…was 11-2,2.85 (110.1 ip,35 er)in 18 starts and 1-1,3.56 (48.0.ip,19 er)in 27 relief appearances …pitched 6-plus innings in 11 of 18 starts …had 11 quality starts …averaged 9.6 strikeouts per-9-innings …led club in strikeouts and tied for eighth in A.L . ..led club and league in winning percentage (12-3,.800)and set club record for winning percentage, besting Frank Viola in 1988 (24-7,.774).

2002 Highlights
Began season at Edmonton … had 16 strikeouts, April 29 at New Orleans … had 5-game win-streak, going 5-0, 2.00 (27.0 ip, 6 er), May 6-26 … recalled May 31 … season-high 3-game win-streak, going 3-0, 1.44 (25.0 ip, 4 er) in 4 starts, June 18-July 3 … singled off Randy Wolf for first major league hit, June 23 at Philadelphia … tied career-high 8.0 innings and career-high 13 strikeouts, July 28 vs. Toronto … did not allow a run in 5 appearances (8.1 ip), September 10-22 … had .195 (15-77) batting-average-against with no homers vs. lefthanders … was 7-5, 3.24 (80.2 ip, 29 er) in 14 starts and 1-1, 2.28 (27.2. ip, 7 er) in 12 relief appearances … pitched 6-plus innings in 7 of 14 starts … had 7 quality starts … averaged 11.4 strikeouts per-9-innings … led club in strikeouts.

2001 Highlights
Was 0-0, 3.21 (14.0 ip, 5 er) in 6 appearances, April 7-May 26 … season-high 6 strikeouts, June 26 vs. Chicago … tied season-high 5.1 innings, July 6 vs. Cincinnati … disabled with partial tear of flexor muscle in left elbow, June 12-September 21 … was 1-0, 6.86 (19.2 ip, 15 er) in 4 starts and 0-0, 3.00 (24.0 ip, 8 er) in 11 relief appearances.