Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tim Wakefield Closes In On 200th Pitching Win Milestone

If you stick around long enough and are both lucky and good, you can accumulate some impressive stats in professional sports.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield is once again proving that correct by winning his 199th game today.  As one of the best knuckleball pitchers ever, Wakefield also recorded his 2,000th strikeout with Boston in today's game, becoming only the second Red Sox pitcher to reach that milestone (Roger Clemens was the first).  He has 2,110 strikeouts for his entire career.

Wakefield is 199-175 over his 18-year career, the last 16 years with Boston.  The 44-year-old has a career 4.39 ERA and is 6-3 this year in 13 starts.

With his six wins this year, Wakefield passed such notable pitchers on the career win list as David Eckersley, David Cone, and Dwight Gooden.

Wakefield is currently third on Boston's All-Time Wins List with 185, just seven behind co-leaders Roger Clemens and Cy Young.

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