Cory Fulton Lidle...Married Melanie Varela (1/7/97); one son, Christopher Taylor (9/18/00)...1990
graduate of South Hills High School (CA), where he was a teammate of Jason Giambi...Was All-State his senior
year...His twin brother, Kevin, played minor league baseball, first as a catcher and then as a pitcher...Is a relative
of Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat.
Recorded a career-high strikeouts on May 11 vs. Milwaukee. ... Threw one of four complete games for the Phillies on May 22, at Baltimore ... His 13 wins were tied with Brett Myers for second on the staff.
Began season with CIN...Opening Day starter for 1st time in career...Reached career highs in
IP (211.1), GS (34), SO (126), CG (5) and SHO (3)...Fell 1 shy of his career high in wins (12)...Tied for ML lead in
shutouts and tied for 2nd in majors and NL in complete games...Went 8-0, 2.66 ERA (20 ER, 67.2 IP) in 10 starts vs
the NL East; his teams went 10-0...Pitched at least 5.0 innings in each of his first 12 starts...Had 3 CG in his first
10 starts...Pitched his 3rd career SHO, 5/23 vs HOU (9.0 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 SO)...Traded to Phillies, 8/9...Became 1st
Phillie since Curt Schilling in 1992 to pitch back-to-back shutouts, 8/29 vs MIL (4 H, 1 BB, 9 SO) and 9/4 vs NYM (3
H, 3 SO)...Hit 1st career HR, 8/29 vs MIL (Obermueller); 2nd Phillie since 1982 to pitch a shutout and hit HR in
same game (Wolf, 2004)...Had a team-best 22.0-inning scoreless streak, 8/23-9/9...Had a no-hitter through 6.1 IP,
9/21 at FLA; broken up by Luis Castillo's infield single in 7th...Went 5-0, 2.63 ERA (14 ER, 48.0 IP) with .209
opposing average in his final 7 starts of the season...Walked 2 or fewer batters in 8 of his 10 starts as a Phillie...Had
a 2.92 ERA (17 ER, 52.1 IP) after the 1st inning in his 10 starts with the Phillies...Allowed only 3 HR in 62.1 IP as a
Phillie...Phils went 6-1 in his final 7 starts...Finished season with team-best 5-game win streak, which began 8/29
(with 2 no-decisions).
For the Blue Jays threw 192.2 innings in 31 starts, both career highs, despite a stint on the disabled
list with a strained left groin (8/9-8/25)...his 12 victories were 1 shy of his career high...his 7-game winning streak from
4/16-5/24 was the longest of his career and included victories in 5 consecutive starts from 5/2-5/24, tying a career
high... began the season with a 10-4 record as an All-Star candidate before the lingering groin injury required a stint
on the DL...earned 9 wins in his first 14 starts and 3 wins
in his last 17 starts...in May went 5-1, 2.98 in 6 starts...went
7-3 in his 11 quality starts...Tor went 13-18 in his
starts...threw a pair of complete games, a 3-hitter in a 3-
1 win vs Ana on 5/2 and a 7-hitter in a 12-2 victory on 5/
19 at WSox...on 9/26 vs Cle, in his final appearance of the
season, recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts.
Career highlights: Over the last 3 seasons ranked 30th among all Major League pitchers with 572.2 innings
pitched and 31st with 90 starts...missed most of the 1998 and 1999 seasons with a right elbow injury and subsequent
surgery (8/20/98)...made 31 apps for the Devil Rays in 2000 and then in each of the last 3 seasons made at least 29
starts while throwing at least 188.0 innings...was American League Pitcher of the Month for August 2002...in 1995 was
a Texas League All-Star.
Was 8-10 with a 3.89 ERA in 31 games,
making 30 starts ... Set career highs in starts (30), complete
games (2), shutouts (2) and innings pitched (192.0) and
equaled career high with 31 games ... Was named AL
Pitcher of the Month in August after going 5-0 with a 0.20
ERA ... Was the best ERA with 25.0 innings or more since
Orel Hershiser posted a 0.00 ERA in September of 1988
(55.0IP) ... Allowed one earned run in 45.1 innings of work in
August and went 32.0 consecutive scoreless from July 30
through August 26 for the second longest scoreless innings
streak in the AL (Bostonbs Pedro Martinez, 35.0 innings) ... In
August held opponents to a .148 batting average and a .168
slugging percentage ... Threw two one-hit complete game
shutouts, July 19 vs. Texas in a 10-0 win and on August 21 at
Cleveland in a 6-0 victory ... Joined Vida Blue (1970) as the
only Oakland pitchers to record two complete games in a
season of one or fewer hits ... After the All-Star break was 6-3
with the fourth best ERA in the AL at 2.69 ERA in 15 starts...
Prior to the break was 2-7 with a 5.30 ERA in 16 games, making
15 starts ... Started the season 0-3 in his first four starts
before picking up first win on the season on April 26 vs. Chicago
White Sox (7.0IP, 4ER) ... In April was 1-3 with a 3.99
ERA in five starts ... Lost next two starts before going on the
15-day DL from May 15-30 with a strained right shoulder...
Made rehab start with Sacramento of the Pacific Coast
League (AAA) on May 26 at Oklahoma and worked 4.0 innings,
(2H, 1ER, 3BB, 3K) ... Made first start after being activated
on May 31 and allowed six earned runs in 3.2 innings
in a no decision at Tampa Bay ... Was 1-6 with a 6.20 ERA in
first 11 starts before pitching in relief on June 15 at San Francisco...
Following relief appearance was 7-4 with a 2.82
ERA in his final 19 starts ... Held opponents to a .219 average
over those final 19 starts ... July 19 at Texas took a no-hitter
into the eighth inning before Juan Gonzalez led off with a
double, would pitch the ninth for his first career shutout...
August 4 vs. Detroit combined with three relievers to shutout
out the Tigers (4-0) on one hit ... August 21 at Cleveland allowed
a two out single to Ellis Burks in the first inning and
then retired the final 25 hitters for his second career one-hit
shutout ... July 30 through August 31 worked 43.0 consecutive
innings without allowing an earned run ... August 4
through 26 matched career high with a five game win
streak ... September 6 at Minnesota allowed a home run to
Corey Koskie in the sixth inning, snapping a string of 70.2
consecutive innings (nine starts) without allowing a home
run, 265 batters dating back to Jay Gibbons on July 14 at
Baltimore ... Allowed 17 home runs on the season for an average
of 0.80 home runs per 9.0 innings, ninth best in the
AL ... Walked 1.83 hitters per 9.0 innings which ranked fifth in
the AL ... The Abs scored 17 runs in his 10 losses ... Had 12 no
decisions and left with the lead in seven of those games...
Worked 6.0 or more innings in 21 of his 30 starts, including
10 of his final 11 outings ... Allowed three runs or fewer 16
times and walked one batter or fewer 21 times ... Did not record
a decision in his final four starts on the season (12ER,
26.1IP) ... At home was 4-6 with a 3.75 ERA in 17 games...
Onthe road was 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA in 14 games, 13 starts.
Won 13 games for the A's, surpassing his career win total of 12 entering the season...12 of those wins came after July 1 as he went 12-2 with a 2.74 ERA (32 ER in 105.0IP ), .225 (87 for 386) opponents batting average and six home runs allowed over his final 15 regular season starts...Started the season 1-4 with a 4.66 ERA (43 ER in 83.0IP ), .263 (83 for 316) opponents average and 17 home runs allowed in 14 starts over the first three months of the season...Had nine no decisions over that stretch and left with the lead in eight of those no decisions...The bullpen had seven blown saves in those no decisions, three by Isringhausen and one each by Tam, Mecir, Magnante and Bradford...Was relieved after 4.1 innings in his other no decision and was not eligible for the win...A's scored a total of three runs while he was pitching during his four losses during that stretch and tallied four runs while he was pitching in his six losses for the season (36.0IP , 1.0 per nine innings)...Posted a 2.96 ERA (50 ER in 152.0IP ) in his 13 wins and 10 no decisions and a 6.25 ERA (25ER in 36.0IP ) in his six losses...In addition to his career high win total, he also posted bests in starts (29), innings pitched (188.0) and strikeouts (118) and tossed his first career complete game...Equaled his career high in losses (6)...Tied his career high with a pair of four-game winning streaks from June 3 to July 20 and July 31 to August 16 before establishing a new career high by winning his final five starts of the regular season...Recorded a 3.59 ERA which ranked 10th in the American League...Also ranked eighth in winning percentage (.684) and opponents on base percentage (.299), ninth in fewest walks per nine innings (2.25) and 10th in opponents batting average (.242) and run support (5.70)...Left-handed hitters batted .213 (81 for 380), while right-handed hitters batted .276 (89 for 322)...Was 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA (24ER in 74.0IP) in 11 starts on the road and 8-5 with a 4.03 ERA (51ER in 114.0IP) in 18 starts in Oakland...Tossed at least 6.0 innings in 23 of his 29 starts, allowed three runs or fewer 19 times and walked one batter or fewer 17 times...Was the A's fifth starter out of spring training and began the season at Sacramento (AAA)...Made one start with the River Cats on April 6 and defeated Omaha 11-5 (6.0IP, 2ER, 3BB, 2K)...Was brought up to Oakland on April 13 and started and lost that night against Texas...Allowed back-to-back home runs to Greer and Velarde to start the game and lasted just 2.1 innings, his shortest outing of the season...Had just two other outings where he did not pitch at least five innings...That was the start of a career high four-game losing streak through May 29...Went 0-4 with a 5.37 ERA in nine starts over the first two months of the season...Snapped the losing streak and picked up his first win of the season in his 100th career appearance on June 3 against Baltimore...Defeated the Orioles 5-1, allowing just one run in 7.0 innings...Followed that with four no decisions in four A's losses from June 9 to 29 but left with the lead in each of those no decisions...Including June 21 against Seattle when he allowed a career high 10 hits in 4.1 innings...Won each of his first three starts in July to extend his winning streak to four games...Walked a career high six batters on July 15 against Colorado...Finished July 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA in five starts...The wins tied for second in the A.L. in the month and the ERA ranked eighth...Had his second four-game winning streak from July 31 to August 16 (7ER in 30.2IP, 2.05 ERA)...Began his season ending five-game winning streak on August 31 at Tampa Bay and compiled a 2.45 ERA (10ER in 36.2IP) over his final five starts...Including 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in three September starts...Ranked third in the A.L. in ERA in September and tied for fourth in wins...Tossed his first career complete game in his 42nd major league start on September 27 against Anaheim...Allowed five hits and walked one in the A's 6-2 win...Then struck out a career high eight batters in his final regular season start on October 3 against Texas...Made one start against the Yankees in the ALDS and was the losing pitcher in the A's 9-2 loss in Game 4 in Oakland (3.1IP, 5H, 6R, 4ER, 3BB)...Signed a two-year contract through the 2003 season on January 17, 2002.
Made 31 appearances, including 11 starts, for the Devil Rays over four stints...Was up April 13-14, May 4-22, May 24-July 8 and August 6 thru season's end...Rays were 7-4 in his 11 starts...Originally moved into the rotation on May 31 after eight appearances out of the bullpen...Made seven consecutive starts for the Rays before his option July 8 and went 1-3 with an 8.07 ERA...Became the 10th starter used by the Devil Rays when he started May 31 vs. Baltimore...Recorded his first win on June 23 at Texas, 7- 4..It was his first major league win as a starter in eight tries...Rejoined the Rays August 6 and made 12 straight relief appearances (0-1, 4.64 ERA) before moving back into the rotation...Received a three-game suspension for on field actions August 29 vs. Boston...Was ejected that night after throwing behind the Red Sox' Brian Daubach...Served suspension September 5-7...Following the suspension made four starts to close out the season and went 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA and .189 opponents batting average...Began that stretch September 8 at Oakland by tossing 7.0 shutout innings (86 pitches, 2BB, 2K), surrendering just a pair of hits to his former high school teammate Jason Giambi...Combined with Doug Creek for the 4-0 Rays' blanking to record his second win...Won his last two starts of the season following the birth of his first child, Christopher Taylor, September 18 in Las Vegas...Away from Tropicana Field was 3-2 with a 3.45 ERA and .259 opponents average in 16 games, five starts compared to 1-4 record with a 6.36 ERA and .322 opponents batting average in 15 games, six starts, at home.
Spent most of the season on the 60-day disabled list before being activated on September 18...Was recovering from right elbow surgery he underwent August 20, 1998 while a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks...Made five appearances, one start, for Tampa Bay and went 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA...Started the season finale October 3 vs. New York (2.0IP, 3H, 2R/ER, 1BB, 1K)...It was his first major league start since June 22, 1997 vs. Pittsburgh while with the New York Mets, his 3rd big league start overall...Tossed a scoreless ninth September 19 at Texas (2H, 1K), his first big league appearance since September 23, 1997 while with New York...September 26 at New York pitched 0.2 innings and picked up his first M.L. win since September 15, 1997 with the Mets at Philadelphia....Made five rehabilitation appearances, four starts, with St. Petersburg (A) and Durham (AAA), posting a 2.53 ERA.
Placed on the 60-day disabled list March 31 with Arizona and underwent surgery on his right elbow August 20...Made a rehabilitation start at High Desert (A) on April 20 (2.2IP, 2H, 1R, 2BB, 6K) and at Tucson (AAA) on April 25 (4.2IP, 2H, 2BB, 2K) before going under the knife.
Received his first taste of major league action, getting the call from the New York Mets May 7 after opening the campaign at Norfolk (AAA)...Made his big league debut the next day in Houston and worked a pair of scoreless innings in relief...Recorded his first ML win three days later at St. Louis, working a scoreless inning (2K) in a 6-4 victory...Preserved an 8-5 Mets' win June 1, throwing a pair of innings against the Phillies to earn his first save...Picked up save number two on August 30 at Baltimore, tossing 4.0 innings to hold a 13-6 win...Longest big league stint was 4.1 innings against the crosstown Yankees, allowing two unearned runs and fanning four...Worked exclusively as a starter with Norfolk, posting a 4-2 record with a 3.64 ERA in seven starts.
Traded to the New York Mets on January 17 by Milwaukee in exchange for catcher Kelly Stinnett...Spent the entire year at Binghamton (AA) and posted minor league career highs in wins (14), starts (27), complete games (6), innings pitched (190.1) and strikeouts (141)...Led the Eastern League in innings pitched and tied for tops in complete games...Finished second in wins...Used exclusively as a starter for the first time in his career...Finished 6-2 in his last nine starts, surrendering just 14 earned runs in 69.1 innings (1.82 ERA).
Spent the entire season with El Paso (A) of the Brewers' organization, ranking fifth in the Texas League with a 3.36 ERA...Worked mainly out of the bullpen, starting only nine of his 45 games...Named to the Texas League All-Star team...Participated in the Arizona Fall League, pitching for league champion Mesa.
In his first season in the Brewers' chain, he split the year between Stockton (A) and Beloit (A)...Primarily a reliever with Stockton, he went 1-2 with four saves in 25 outings...Started nine of his 13 games with Beloit, going 3-4 with a 2.61 ERA...Combined, walked just 24 while fanning 100 in 111.2 innings of work.
After his release by the Twins on April 1, he signed with Pocatello (A) of the Rookie Pioneer League...Tied for the league lead with eight wins while appearing in 17 games, 16 starts, including three complete games and a save.
Recorded a personal best six saves while working mainly in relief for Elizabethton (A) of the Twins' organization.
Signed as a non-drafted free agent with Minnesota and began his professional career with the Gulf Coast Twins (A)...Split a pair of decisions in four relief outings.