2002 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS (BRAVES)
Highlights & Notables > 2002
Ended the season in ninth place on the all-time list for lefthanded pitchers with 242 wins ... Carl Hubbell ranks 8th among southpaws with 253 victories.
Is also 46th on the overall all-time win list, one win shy of Juan Marichal, who is 45th with 243 wins.
Is the winningest lefthanded pitcher in baseball over the past 14 years, from 1989 to 2002, with 233 victories ... Over the last 12 years, from 1991 through 2002, he has 209 wins, trailing only Greg Maddux who has 213 victories over that period.
Led the National League in games started with 36 ... Ranked third in the league in ERA, fifth in innings pitched and tied for fourth in wins.
Also ranked fourth in ERA on the road with a 2.69 mark and was tied for third with 13 sacrifice hits.
For the third straight season he did not commit an error ... His last error came on July 15, 1999, Atlanta against the Yankees, a span of 121 games.
Allowed two earned runs or less in 23 of his 36 starts.
After Braves' losses, he was 10-3 with a 1.58 ERA in 16 games (19 earned runs in 108.1 innings pitched).
Won six consecutive starts from May 17th through June 11th, compiling an 0.99 ERA during that stretch (five earned runs/45.2 innings pitched).
Hurled back-to-back complete games on May 22nd and May 27th, both against the Montreal Expos ... It marked the first time he had hurled consecutive complete games since August 7 and August 13, 1998, when he shut out the Giants and Padres on the road.
Struck out two batters against the Mets on June 26th to give him 2,000 for his career ... Became just the fifth pitcher in NL history to record at least 2,000 strikeouts all with one team ... Steve Carlton (3,031 with the Phillies), Sandy Koufax (2,396 with the Dodgers), Warren Spahn (2,493 with the Braves) and John Smoltz (2,240 with the Braves) are the other four to have accomplished the feat.
Named to the National League All-Star team for the eighth time in his career ... Did not pitch.
Lost four straight starts for the first time in his career, August 24th-September 8th ... The Braves scored a total of four runs in those four losses, none in the last two.