Mike Hampton was traded to the Houston Astros in 1994 from the Seattle Mariners along with Mike Felder for Eric Anthony. Hampton became a starter for the Astros the following year and had several good years in the Astros rotation before putting it altogether in 1999. That year Hampton would lead the National League in wins with a 22-4 record. His ERA on the season was an impressive 2.90, and he would have won the Cy Young award that season had it not been for Randy Johnson and his thousand strikeouts that season. Even though wins and losses aren't the best way to judge a pitcher, 20 wins is that magic number that every pitcher shoots for, and it is a great accomplishment to reach that mark. Below is a look at Hampton's feat and his 84.6% winning percentage during the 1999 season.
Hampton's first start of the season was actually anything but impressive as he lasted 3.2 innings while giving up 7 hits and 4 earned runs to take his first loss of the season. The rest of April was kinder to him though and he finished April going 2-1 with 2 no decisions and a 3.98 ERA. This would actually turn out to be his worst month of the year as his ERA was nearly a full run lower in every other month that season.
Hampton cruised through the months of May and June going 8-2 with 2 more no decisions. He won all 4 of his decisions in July, and threw a total of 32 innings in those 4 starts. Two of those games turned out to complete games, and one of them was a four hit shutout. August was a little bit tougher on the lefty, but not in terms of performance as he ended the month with a 2.97 ERA. Instead his offense struggled a little bit and he recorded three no decisions. In those no decisions he threw 7 innings twice and allowed 3 runs both times, and he threw 8 innings once and allowed only one earned run.
At the end of August Hampton was sitting with a 17-3 record. He continued to pitch great during the last month of the season, and only had one start in September where he allowed more than two earned runs in a start. That start was a 3.1 inning stinker in which he allowed 7 earned runs in which earned him his last loss of the year. Overall he went 4-1 on the month with a 2.95 ERA. Hampton won his only start in October to bring his yearly total to 22 wins and 4 losses. Hampton only had one start in the NLDS against the Braves that year, and he went 7 innings and allowed 3 earned runs, which earned him a no decision. The Astros would go on to lose that series 3-1.
Overall Mike Hampton was named an All Star, finished 2nd in Cy Young voting, 21st in MVP voting, and won a Silver Slugger award for his 1999 career year. The rest of the Hampton story has been well told. He was traded to the Mets that offseason, and had another good year with the Mets. He would then hit free agency and signed a lucrative deal with the Rockies where he struggled for two seasons, and was then traded to the Braves. His first year with the Braves was solid, but then the struggles and injuries came. He returned to the Astros in 2009, but by that time there were no traces left of his amazing 22 win season in 1999.
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Gwinnett Braves 8, Toledo Mud Hens 3
Joey Terdoslavich drove in a pair of runs with his third homer of the year, extending his hitting streak to 4 games, going 6-16 during that span. Ernesto Mejia also hit his third homer of the year, snapping an 0-8 skid in his last 2 games. Jose Yepez reached base 3 times tonight, and the 30 year old catcher has a .410 OBP in 10 games played this year. Todd Redmond picked up his second win with a quality start, striking out 7 and walking 2. He's been a K machine this year, averaging 11.5 strikeouts per 9 innings this season, a huge jump over the 7.5 K/9 he's averaged in his first 3 AAA seasons. The strikeouts are even more impressive when coupled with a nearly identical walk rate, 2.7 BB/9 this season, compared to 2.6 for the rest of his AAA career. Erik Cordier moves to the bullpen with Jair Jurrjens joining the team, and he tossed 2 scoreless innings. The 26 year old righty still struggled with his control, walking 2, and he's averaging 8 walks per 9 innings this season. Jason Rice made his fourth straight scoreless appearance, striking out 4 over 5 innings in that span.
Tomorrow afternoon, Jair Jurrjens will make his first start with Gwinnett since being sent down from Atlanta.
Mississippi Braves 1, Huntsville Stars 2, 10 innings
Todd Cunningham RF 2-5, SB (1), .269 AVG
Andrelton Simmons SS 1-3, RBI, BB, .284 AVG
David Hale 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 4.78 ERA
Chris Masters 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 4.96 ERA
Cory Rasmus 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.46 ERA
Billy Bullock 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.93 ERA
Andrelton Simmons drove in Mississippi's lone run with a third inning single, breaking an 0-7 slump in his last 2 games. Todd Cunningham had 2 of the team's 3 hits tonight, and stole his first base of the season. In his last 8 games, he's gone 10-33 with an RBI, and 2 walks. David Hale continued his inconsistent ways, following up his last start, a poor one that saw him allow 7 runs over 5.2 innings, with a great start tonight, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings, striking out 5 and walking 1. Hale has been dominant with the bases empty, limiting hitters to a .113 average, but once he allows a runner to reach he struggles, allowing a .412 average against with runners on and a .429 average against with runners in scoring position. After starting in his first 4 appearances, Chris Masters pitched out of the bullpen today, tossing a scoreless inning. Cory Rasmus pitched 2 scoreless innings and he's struck out 12 over 12.1 innings this season, posting a 1.46 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.
Chris Masters was scheduled to start tomorrow, but he pitched in relief tonight and the M-Braves have yet to name a starter. It's possible that Luis Avilan may be activated from the disabled list.
Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Frederick Keys 1
Tommy La Stella drove in 3 runs with his second homer of the year, part of a 3 hit day. In his last 8 games, he's gone 11-30 with 4 doubles, a homer, 9 RBI, and 5 walks. Edward Salcedo drove in a pair of runs with a first inning single, snapping an 0-10 stretch over his last 3 games that saw him strike out 7 times. Chris Garcia reached base twice for the third straight game, and he has a .432 OBP on the season. Nick Ahmed had an awful day at the plate, striking out in all 5 of his plate appearances. Cody Martin picked up his third win of the season by limiting the Keys to 1 run over 6 innings. He's been a little wild lately, walking 9 in 10.1 innings over his last 2 starts, but he's also struck out 13 in that same period. For the season, he's averaging 11.7 strikeouts per 9 innings and 5 walks per 9. After allowing 6 runs over 7 innings in his first 3 appearances, Caleb Brewer has notched 2 scoreless appearances in a row. He's still struggling with his control though, walking 6 in 10 innings. Ryan Weber has had little trouble with control, walking just 1 in 10 innings over 8 appearances, while striking out 9
Gus Schlosser will start the series finale tomorrow.
Rome Braves 6, Kannapolis Intimidators 5, 12 innings
Elmer Reyes SS 3-6, 2B, .241 AVG
Kyle Kubitza 3B 1-4, 2 BB, E (2), .286 AVG
Fernando de los Santos 2B 1-3, RBI, 2 BB, .241 AVG
Nick DeSantiago C 2-4, .196 AVG
Felix Marte RF 1-5, 2B, 3 RBI, .224 AVG
Navery Moore 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 2 K, 3.32 ERA
Wilson Rivera 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 2.00 ERA
Ryne Harper 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 3.00 ERA
Cole Rohrbough 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K, W (1), 4.15 ERA
Fernando de los Santos hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the 12 to seal an extra inning victory for the R-Braves. He also reached twice on walks, continuing a nice stretch that has seen the 22 year old Dominican go 10-28 with 3 doubles, 4 RBI, and 2 walks in his last 8 games. Felix Marte drove in a pair of runs with a sixth inning double, and drove in another with a groundout in the eighth. Despite his productive day, the 21 year old outfielder is struggling this year, hitting .224 with a lowly .555 OPS and striking out in 46% of his at bats. Nick DeSantiago snapped a 0-11 skid with a 2 hit day, but he's also struggling with strikeouts, fanning in 34% of his at bats. Navery Moore was a bit wild, allowing 5 walks, but limiting the Intimidators to 2 runs over 5 innings. Walks have plagued him this year, as he's allowing 7.6 per 9 innings. Wilson River continues to be a strikeout machine, as the former outfielder fanned 2 in 2 scoreless innings tonight, his fourth straight scoreless appearance, giving him 14 in 9 innings on the season. Of course, River has nothing on Ryne Harper, who struck out 3 in 2 innings tonight, giving him 23 in 12 innings on the season, a phenomenal 17.3 K/9 rate.
AJ Holland will take on Kannapolis Sunday afternoon.