Wednesday, May 28, 2014
#223 Roger Pavlik
1. Roger was known for his unorthodox delivery; his left (plant) foot landed facing third base instead of home plate.
2. On May 4, 1996, he gave up only one hit in a complete-game, 3-1 victory over the Tigers - a fifth-inning home run by Mark Lewis. This feat came one day after teammate Ken Hill threw a one-hitter of his own.
3. Pavlik was chosen for the All-Star Game in 1996 despite a lofty 4.82 ERA at the break; American League skipper Mike Hargrove was clearly swayed by his 11-2 record. The righty finished the season 15-8 with a 5.19 ERA. He won only four games over the next two seasons before a bum shoulder finished his career.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I don't think I've ever met anyone named Roger.
Bill James Said: "He pitched 88 innings after August 1 with a 6-1 record and a 2.45 ERA." That was part of Pavlik's surprising 12-6, 3.41 stat line in 1993.
On This Date in 1993: May 28. Eritrea and Monaco gain entry into the United Nations. Congratulations, guys!