2003 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS (METS)
Highlights & Notables > 2003
With his nine victories he moved into a tie for 42nd place with Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson on the All-Time Win List with 251...Carl Hubbell is 41st on the list with 253 career victories.
Ranks ninth on the All-Time Win List for Lefthanded Pitchers with 251 wins...Hubbell is eighth among southpaws with his 253 victories.
Made his fifth career Opening Day start, and his first as a New York Met, on March 31st...Suffered the loss, in a 15-2 defeat to the Chicago Cubs...Over 3.2 innings, he allowed eight hits, five runs, earned, with four walks and two strikeouts.
Won his first game as a member of the Mets with a victory over the Montreal Expos, 3-1, on April 5th...Hurled 5.2 innings, permitting five hits, one run, earned, with no walks and five strikeouts.
Over a period of four starts from April 5th-April 20th, he went 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA (five earned runs, 25.0 innings pitched)...Over those four starts he walked seven batters and struck out 14.
Left the game after one inning pitched with inflammation of his left elbow on June 5th vs. Milwaukee...It was his shortest outing since May 16, 1989 at Chicago when he didn't retire a batter.
Over a span of four starts (May 2nd-May 18th) he constructed a 3.18 ERA (10 earned runs, 28.1 innings pitched).
On June 22nd, he was removed from the game after the sixth inning with a tight abdominal muscle...Was hit in the chest by a ball off the bat of Derek Jeter in the fourth inning.
Served as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning on July 12th vs. Philadelphia...Grounded out to shortstop in the at-bat...The last time he pinch-hit was April 7, 2002, vs. the Mets at Turner Field.
On July 13th, he pitched on three days rest for the first time since September 28, 2002, with Atlanta vs. the Mets at Shea, as the Braves were setting up their rotation for the post-season...Worked 2.0 innings allowing three hits, one run, earned, with two walks and two strikeouts and received a no-decision in the contest...Prior to that, the last time he worked on three days rest was on July 10, 1999, with Atlanta vs. Boston...In that game, he had a no-decision after hurling 9.0 innings, permitting six hits and one run.
On August 8th, he earned the victory in a 3-1 triumph over the Diamondbacks...It was his first start since July 29th when he left the game after one inning pitched with a strain of the right external oblique muscle......It was also his first win since July 4th.
On August 19th, at San Diego, he pitched on three days rest for the second time of the year...He received a no-decision in both contests.
Made his 535th career start on September 14th at Montreal...His 535 starts set the N.L. record for consecutive starts...Steve Carlton (1971-1986) held the previous mark at 534...The A.L. record is 594 by Roger Clemens...The major league record is 595 by Nolan Ryan.
Finished the year with 10 sacrifice hits, which ranked second most on the team behind Steve Trachsel (11).
Over his last 10 starts, he went 3-3 with four no-decisions and a 3.36 ERA (23 earned runs, 61.2 innings pitched).
Allowed three earned runs or less in 19 of his 32 starts...Allowed one earned run or less in 13 of his 32 starts.
Pitched 6.0 innings or more in 22 of his 32 starts.