Married Kristi...nickname is "Slydah."...Attended Sacred Heart College Senior School in Australia...played both baseball and Australian rules football...His father, Geoff, played for the West Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League...under the father-son rule in use by the Australian Football League (AFL), Liam was eligible to be drafted by the West Coast Eagles but opted to pursue baseball and signed with the Twins on his 18th birthday.
American League Relief Leaders: Saves (second, 37); SO/9.0 IP (third, 13.27); save percentage (third, 90.2), strikeout percentage (third, 36.2); strikeouts (sixth, 85); SO/BB ratio (ninth, 5.31)...Closing Time: Fell one save shy of tying his career high of 38 set last season...started the season ranked 20th on the White Sox all-time saves list and finished tied with Terry Forster (75) for seventh place...His 37 saves tied David Robertson (2016) for the ninth-highest, single-season total in Sox history...his 21 saves on the road tied with Bobby Jenks (2007) for fourth-most...Joins Bobby Thigpen (four), Jenks (three), Roberto Hernández (three), Robertson (two) and Keith Foulke (two) as the only pitchers in team history to record multiple 30-plus save seasons...Held opponents to a .210 (44-210) average...righties batted .202 (23-114) and lefties hit .219 (21-96)..Made 32 appearances on zero or one day of rest, posting a 1.70 ERA (6 ER/31.2 IP)...went 23-25 in save opportunities during those outings...Posted a 1.95 ERA (7 ER/32.1 IP) and .156 (17-109) opponents average in 33 night games...Struck out at least one batter in 50 of his 58 outings, including multiple strikeouts 27 times...recorded three saves by striking out the side in a 1-2-3 inning: 5/2 vs. the Angels, 5/16 at Kansas City and 9/7 at Seattle...Suffered a blown save and loss on Opening Day (4/8) at Detroit...allowed two runs on four hits and one hit batter in 1.0 IP...surrendered a game-tying home run to Eric Haase and game-ending, RBI single to Javier Báez in the ninth...Converted nine consecutive save opportunities following OD from 4/13-5/7...allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits with 15 strikeouts in 9.0 IP...Saved back-to-back White Sox wins on 4/12-13 vs. Seattle...surrendered a game-ending, three-run home run to Byron Buxton in the ninth inning on 4/24 at Minnesota...Monthly Dominance: Posted 10 saves in May, the most by a White Sox pitcher in a single month since Addison Reed (also 10) in August 2013...the 10 saves are tied for the sixth-highest monthly total in franchise history...Save and Repeat: Recorded a save in five consecutive Sox games from 5/2-7, the second-longest streak in franchise history behind Reed (six straight games from 8/16-22/13)...the last pitcher in MLB to earn a save in five consecutive team games was Detroit’s Shane Greene from 4/2-7/19 (Elias)...Registered his first 1-2-3 save on 5/2 vs. the Angels...recorded his 85th career save with a 1-2-3 ninth on 5/4 at the Cubs, becoming the all-time leader among Australian-born pitchers (passing Grant Balfour)...Saved two of the White Sox wins during their three-game sweep at Boston from 5/6-7...His save streak was snapped on 5/9 vs. Cleveland after allowing a game-tying grand slam to Josh Naylor in the ninth...was charged with two runs on two hits in 0.1 IP after inheriting two baserunners...Was charged with his second consecutive blown save but earned his first win on 5/14 vs. Yankees...allowed a game-tying sacrifice fly to Kyle Higashioka in the ninth...Luis Robert hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the frame...Liam Went Streaking: Converted 19 straight save opportunities from 5/16-8/20, tied with Jenks (2006) and Foulke (2000-01) for the third-longest streak in White Sox history...was one shy of tying the club record of 20 held by Hernández (1996) and Matt Karchner (1997-98) source: Elias...Compiled a 15.1 scoreless IP streak over 15 games from 5/16-7/15...held opponents hitless in nine straight outings from 6/4-7/15, retiring 21 straight batters from 6/7-7/15...Was placed on the 15-day IL on 6/14 with a strained right forearm flexor...was reinstated on 7/4...Suffered his third loss on 7/23 vs. Cleveland...entered in the ninth with the score tied, 4-4, before allowing three runs...Recorded his 100th career save on 8/5 at Texas...Was charged with his fourth blown save on 8/25 at Baltimore after allowing a game-tying, solo home run to Kyle Stowers on an 0-2 count in the ninth inning...the run was unearned due to an error by left fielder Adam Engel earlier in the at-bat...Was successful in his last nine save chances of the season, holding opponents scoreless in seven of those outings...Did not allow an earned run over his last 10 appearances of the season...held opponents to a .071 (2-28) average while striking out 16 of the 36 batters faced during that span.
Top of the Heap: Was named the 2021 Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year for the second straight season, becoming the first pitcher to earn the award in consecutive seasons...also is the first White Sox pitcher to be named AL Reliever of the Year since the award began in 2014...Additional Award: Also was lauded as the relief pitcher on the All-MLB Team (third consecutive selection)...Historic First Impression: Led the AL with 38 saves in his first season with the White Sox, joining Terry Forster (24 in 1974), Goose Gossage (26 in 1975) and Bobby Thigpen (57 in 1990) as the only pitchers in franchise history to accomplish the feat...Leaderboard: Also led AL relievers in strikeouts (113), WHIP (0.73) and strikeout to walk ratio (16.14) and ranked among the AL Top 10 in numerous other categories (see box at right)...Collecting Hardware: Was named Reliever of the Month for May and September/October...also was named to his second AL All-Star Team...finished eighth in the AL Cy Young Award voting with 10 points (three third-place votes and one fifth)...He Gone!: Led all MLB relievers with 113 strikeouts, the third-highest total in White Sox history behind Gossage (130 in 1975) and Keith Foulke (123 in 1999)...Power and Precision: Posted a 16.14 strikeout-to-walk ratio (113 SO/7 BB), breaking the major-league record of 15.64 set by Clayton Kershaw in 2016 (min. 100 SO)...joined Kenley Jansen in 2017 (109 SO/7 BB) as the only pitchers in MLB history to strike out 100-plus batters with seven or fewer walks...Saving Grace: Nine of his 38 saves lasted four outs or more, including a pair of six-out saves...converted his final 12 save opportunities (after 8/14), posting a 1.27 ERA (3 ER/21.1 IP) with one walk, 31 strikeouts and a 0.61 WHIP...By the Numbers: Did not issue more than one walk in any of his 69 appearances and struck out at least one batter 57 times, including 38 games with multiple strikeouts...limited first batters to a .106 (7-66) average and allowed just 10.0 percent (3-30) of inherited runners to score, both the best rates in the AL...Sprint to the Finish: Ended the season with scoreless streaks of 15 games and 15.2 IP...after giving up his final run on 8/24 at Toronto, gave up seven hits and zero walks with 23 strikeouts to close the season, lowering his ERA from 3.25 to 2.54...Was named an All-Star for the second time ... pitched a scoreless ninth inning at Colorado's Coors Field to become the first pitcher in Sox history to earn a save at the Midsummer Classic...Earned the save in his White Sox debut on 4/2 at the Angels...Pitched in both games of a doubleheader on 4/18 at Boston...recorded his second save in Game 1 (first game since 4/13), and finished a 5-1 win in Game 2 with a scoreless seventh inning...Deja Vu All Over Again: Recorded a five-out save with five strikeouts on 4/23 vs. Texas, the first Sox ever to record a save of 1.2-plus IP and all outs coming via strikeout...also was the last pitcher in MLB to record a save of 1.2-plus IP and record every out on a strikeout (8/29/19 vs. Kansas City; 1.2 IP)... Recorded his first win but suffered his second blown save with Chicago on 4/24 vs. Texas after allowing a game-tying, solo home run to Willie Calhoun in the ninth...the White Sox won, 2-1, on Nick Madrigal's walk-off double in the ninth...Compiled the following streaks from 4/29-6/10: 12 consecutive saves from 4/29-6/10 (12.0 scoreless IP, four hits allowed, 21 strikeouts)...19 straight appearances without allowing an earned run from 4/29-6/10 (two unearned runs in 17.0 IP, 10 hits allowed, 26 strikeouts)...14 consecutive scoreless outings (12.2 IP, four hits allowed, 18 strikeouts)...Marvelous in May: Was named AL Reliever of the Month for May, his third career monthly honor...went 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA (11.2 IP), 0.86 WHIP, AL-leading eight saves (eight chances), no home runs allowed and 19 strikeouts in 13 appearances...did not allow a hit and struck out 10 over his last 16 batters faced...Suffered his first loss on 5/5 at Cincinnati after allowing a game-ending single to Jesse Winker in the 10th...retired all five batters on 5/13 vs. Minnesota for his second-five out save...Inherited a bases-loaded, no-outs situation in the ninth on 5/26 vs. St. Louis and struck out the side for his 10th save...Recorded the save in both games of a doubleheader sweep on 5/29 vs. Baltimore...struck out five of the six batters he faced in 2.0 perfect IP...became the first Sox pitcher to record two saves in a DH since Bobby Jenks on 9/4/10 at Boston...Earned his third win and was charged with his third blown save on 6/11 at Detroit...surrendered a game-tying, two-run homer to Daz Cameron in the ninth following a 49-minute rain delay (threw one pitch prior to the delay)...his following streaks were snapped: 12 consecutive saves, 14 straight scoreless games and 19 straight outings without allowing an earned run...Retired all six batters he faced, including four strikeouts, on 7/6 at Minnesota for his first career save of 2.0 IP...Allowed a game-tying homer to pinch-hitter Trey Mancini in the ninth on 7/11 at Baltimore, but the Sox went on to win, 7-5...Posted his second six-out save of the season on 7/25 at Milwaukee, allowing one run with three strikeouts as the Sox avoided a three-game sweep...Redemption in the Cornfields: Suffered a blown save in the "Field of Dreams Game" on 8/14 vs. the Yankees in Dyersville, Iowa, allowing two-run homers to Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the ninth...the four runs were a career-high in a save situation...earned the win when Tim Anderson hit a game-ending, two-run homer off Zack Britton in the ninth...Gave up three runs (two earned) over 0.1 IP in his next outing on 8/14 vs. the Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field ... allowed just one more run the rest of the regular season...Posted saves vs. Oakland on 8/16 (1.0 IP) and 8/18 (1.2 IP) and earned the win with a scoreless 10th on 8/20 at Tampa Bay...Allowed his final run of the season on 8/24 at Toronto but recorded five outs for the save (1 ER/1.2 IP)...Made his 400th career appearance on 8/31 vs. Pittsburgh, recording his 30th save of the season...September to Remember: Was named AL Reliever of the Month for September/October, his second honor of the season (May) and fourth career...was 8-8 in save opportunities with 21 strikeouts and just six hits and zero walks allowed in 13.2 scoreless IP over 13 relief appearances during the month...recorded multiple strikeouts in seven games made seven hitless appearances and did not allow more than one hit in any game...posted a 0.44 WHIP and .128 (6-47) opponents average...Earned his seventh and final save of five-plus outs on 9/1 vs. Pittsburgh...posted his third save of the season against Oakland on 9/7 at the Coliseum...Finishing the Clincher: Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on 9/23-1 at Cleveland to complete a 7-2 victory as the Sox clinched their first AL Central division title since 2008...Earned his 37th save in a makeup game on 9/27 at Detroit and his 38th and final save on 10/2 vs. the Tigers (1-2-3 ninth)...Pitched in three of the four AL Division Series games vs. Houston...allowed three runs on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts over 3.0 IP...surrendered a three-run home run to José Altuve in the ninth inning of Game 4.
American League Relief Leaders: Saves (2nd, 14); BB/9.0 IP (2nd, 1.07); opp. OBP (2nd, .187); SO/BB (2nd, 12.33); opp. OPS (3rd, .405); Save Pct. (4th, 93.3); opp. SLG (6th, .212); SO/9.0 IP (7th, 13.14); ERA (11th, 1.78)...Was named to the All-MLB First Team after going 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA (5 ER/25.1 IP), 14 saves, 37 strikeouts, a 0.67 WHIP and just three walks and one home run allowed over 24 appearances with Oakland...Tied for ninth in the American League Cy Young Award voting … current teammates Dallas Keuchel, Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively...Ranked second in the major leagues in saves and fourth in save percentage (93.3, 14-15) … his save percentage was the fourth-best in Oakland history among pitchers with at least 10 opportunities and the best since Dennis Eckersley (94.4) in 1992...Among pitchers with a minimum 20.0 IP, posted the third-lowest opponents OPS (.405) in Oakland history, fourth-lowest opponents OBP (.218), fifth-lowest opponents slugging (.212) and ninth-lowest opponents average (.161)...Averaged 13.14 strikeouts and 1.07 walks per 9.0 IP with a 12.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio … his 13.14 SO/9.0 IP set an A's franchise record among pitchers with at least 20.0 IP … allowed just one home run, an average of 0.36 per 9.0 IP...Limited right-handers to a .135/.148/.154 (7-52) average with one extra-base hit … opponents were 2-28 (.071) on the road...The A’s went 23-1 in games when he pitched, with the only loss coming in his final outing on 9/26 vs. Seattle when he allowed three runs (two earned) over 1.1 IP to raise his ERA from 1.13 to 1.78 … his streak of 23 consecutive appearances in a team win was the third-longest in A's history by a pitcher behind Eckersley (53 in 1991-92; 30 in 1989-90)...Threw at least 1.0 IP in each of his 24 outings, struck out at least one batter in 22 of 24 and did not issue a walk in 22 of 24...Suffered his only blown save on Opening Day vs. the Angels, but the A's scored four times in the 10th inning for a 7-3 victory...Went 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA (2 ER/5.2 IP), one save and 12 strikeouts in three playoff appearances … saved the deciding Game 3 of the ALWCS vs. the White Sox, striking out the side in the ninth … earned the win in Game 3 of the ALDS at Houston, allowing one hit with four strikeouts in 3.0 scoreless IP.
Began the season as a set-up man and occasional opener but took over the closer role after Blake Treinen went on the injured list retroactive to June 21…saved a Major League-leading 25 games over that span after tallying just one save over his first 279 career appearances…led the A's and ranked seventh in the American League in saves…was 4-4 with a career-low 1.80 ERA in a career-high 75 appearances overall…also had career lows in opponents batting average (.201), on-base percentage (.255), slugging percentage (.309) and OPS (.564)…struck out a career-high 124 batters in 85.0 innings and his average of 13.13 strikeouts per nine innings was the highest in Athletics history among pitchers with eight or more innings pitched…122 of his strikeouts came as a reliever, which set an Athletics record for strikeouts by a reliever, breaking the mark of 115 set by Rollie Fingers in 1975…ranked second among Major League relievers in strikeouts in 2019 (Hader, MIL 138)…was named to his first AL All-Star team…set a record for strikeouts by an Australian-born pitcher, breaking the previous mark of 111 set by Damian Moss in 2002…his saves were second-most to Grant Balfour, who had 38 in 2013, also with the A's…his 1.80 ERA was second-lowest in Athletics history among pitchers with 80 or more innings pitched since the earned run became an official stat in 1913 (Treinen, 0.78 ERA in 2018)…using the same minimum, his .564 OPS was ninth-lowest in Oakland history and his .255 on-base percentage ranked 10th…ranked third in the AL in games pitched (75)…ranked second among AL relievers in ERA (1.63), fourth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.42), tied for fourth in innings pitched (83.0), seventh in on-base percentage (.247), eighth in OPS (.554) and slugging percentage (.307) and 10th in fewest home runs per nine innings (0.54)…five of his 21 walks were intentional, which tied for third-most among all AL pitchers…his opponent's batting average broke down to .145 (22- for-152) against right-handed hitters compared to .257 (39-for-152) with four of his five home runs against left-handers…had a .280 average against righties over the previous three years…four of his five home runs were solo shots…yielded a .190 average with runners in scoring position and has a .199 opponents average with RISP over the last two years…converted 25-of-32 (78.1%) save opportunities, which was fourth lowest in the AL…his seven blown saves tied for fourth… first batters faced hit .203 but he issued just six walks (.274 on-base percentage) and allowed two extra-base hits, both doubles (.234 slugging percentage)…tied for second in the AL in first batter strikeouts (29) and ranked ninth in slugging…the strikeouts were the most in Oakland history, topping the 27 by Treinen in 2018…allowed 16-of-40 (40.0%) inherited runners to score… compiled a 1.15 ERA and .168 opponents batting average in 49 night games compared to a 2.97 ERA and .254 opponents average in 26 appearances during the day…posted a 1.59 ERA and .179 opponents batting average in 39 home games and now has a 1.56 ERA and .195 opponents average in 49 games in the Coliseum over the last two years…had a 1.22 ERA in 42 games before the All-Star Break, a 2.70 ERA in 33 games after the break…held the opponents' number three-hitter to a .094 batting average…had no decisions, a 9.00 ERA and .375 opponents average in his two starts as an opener (one A's win, one loss)…is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA (4 er in 10.2 ip) in 10 starts as the opener over the last two years and the A's are 5-5 in those games…posted a 0.84 ERA in 10 interleague appearances and tied for sixth in the majors with four saves.
OAKLAND: Began the season as a set-up man and posted a 2.40 ERA while allowing 7-of-10 (70.0%) inherited runners to score over his first 12 games through April 27…tossed a season-high 2.1 scoreless innings April 30 at Boston to begin what was then a career-high 15.2-inning scoreless streak that ran through May 28…made his first start as the A's "opener" on May 11 against Cleveland and tossed a scoreless inning in the A's 3-2 victory…his second appearance as opener came on May 29 against Los Angeles (AL) when he allowed two runs in a no-decision in the A's 12-7 loss…that began a four-game stretch where he allowed three runs in 4.1 innings through June 5…then had a career-high and A's season-high 20.2-inning scoreless streak from June 6 to July 20…recorded a strikeout in 27 consecutive games from June 8 to Aug. 15 (53 so in 29.0 ip, 16.45 per nine innings), which was the longest streak by an A's reliever since at least 1908… topped the previous mark of 26 by Keith Foulke (June 18-Aug. 16, 2003)…walked 16 batters over his first 28 games and 35.1 innings through June 6 (4.08 per nine innings)…then issued just five free passes over his final 47 games and 49.2 innings (0.91 per nine innings)…went 39 consecutive games from June 8 to Sept. 11 (42.0 ip) without an unintentional walk…moved into the closer role when Treinen went on the injured list retroactive to June 21 and converted each of his first eight save opportunities from June 22 to July 20…did not allow a run over that 12-game stretch (13.1 ip, 9 h, 1 bb, 21 so)…was named AL Reliever of the Month for June after going 1-0 with two saves and a 0.60 ERA in 14 relief appearances…allowed just one run in 15.0 innings while striking out 22…it was his first career Reliever of the Month award…was named to his first AL All-Star team as a replacement for Tampa Bay's Charlie Morton…pitched the sixth inning in the All-Star Game on July 9 in Cleveland (1.0 ip, 1 h, 1 r, 1 er, 0 bb, 3 so, 1 hr)…the three strikeouts were the most by an Athletic in an All-Star Game since Jay Howell also had three in 1987…had a loss, a save and three blown saves over a four-game stretch from July 21 to 30, allowing four runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings…then had an 11.1-inning scoreless streak from Aug. 1 to 29, his third scoreless streak of 10 or more innings in 2019…converted all eight of his save opportunities over that span…made his 300th career appearance Aug. 14 at San Francisco and tossed 1.1 scoreless innings for the save…struck out a season-high five batters in 1.2 innings Aug. 29 at Kansas City… was a perfect 8-for-8 in save opportunities in 11 outings in August and allowed just one run for a 0.73 ERA…did not walk a batter and struck out 23 in 12.1 innings…tied for second in the AL in saves…also had eight saves in September, which was second in the AL…however, had three losses, three blown saves and a 3.38 ERA, which was his highest single-month ERA of 2019…retired the side in order in the ninth inning of the A's 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay in the AL Wild Card game on Oct. 2 at Oakland.
Was on the A's Opening Day roster and compiled a 7.36 ERA and .362 opponents batting average in 13 relief appearances before he was outrighted off the 40-man roster July 2…returned to Oakland Sept. 1 when rosters expanded and was used primarily as the A's "opener" the rest of the season…went 0-1 with a 1.38 and .178 opponents batting average in 12 games, including eight starts, in September…was 0-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 25 games overall…missed nearly two months of the season with a strained groin and also spent two months in the minors…walked 10 batters in 24.0 innings and his average of 3.75 walks per nine innings was a career high…yielded a .272 opponents batting average, including .184 (7-for-38) against left-handed hitters compared to .333 (18-for-54) against right-handers…surrendered two of his three home runs to lefties…over the last three years, he has a .212 (50-for-236) average against lefties, .280 (101-for-361) against
righties … was 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA and .188 opponents batting average in his eight starts and the A's were 4-4 in those games…now has 42 career starts…had a 5.28 ERA and .317 opponents average in his 17 relief appearances…did not allow a run in the first inning (8.0 ip, 5 h, 2 bb, 6 so)…allowed 4-of-11 (36.4%) inherited runners to score…first batters faced were 6-for-15 (.400) with a walk (.412 on-base percentage), double and homer (.667 slugging percentage) in his relief appearances…allowed a .130 batting average with runners in scoring position…compiled a 1.88 ERA and .231 opponents batting average in 12 games in Oakland and did not allow a home run in 14.1 innings…had a 7.45 ERA, .325 opponents average and all three of his home runs over 9.2 innings in 13 games on the road…in three seasons with the A's, he has a 2.44 ERA (24 er in 88.2 ip) and .216 (71-for-329) opponents batting average in 78 home games compared to a 6.19 ERA (44 er in 64.0 ip) and .299 (80-for-268) opponents average in 70 games on the road…had a 3.06 ERA and issued all 10 of his walks in 18 night games…had a 7.11 ERA in seven day games…had a .303 batting average over his first 15 pitches in a game, .192 after that…allowed a .304 batting average with two strikes…opponents were successful in 5-of-6 (83.3%) stolen bases attempts with him on the mound and are 27-for-30 (90.0%) in three seasons with the A's…they are 50-for59 (84.7%) in his career.
OAKLAND: Was on the A's Opening Day roster and logged a 9.00 ERA and .538 opponents batting average in six relief appearances while allowing 4-of-7 (57.1%) inherited runners to score before going on the disabled list April 14 with a strained right groin…was reinstated from the DL June 5 and walked a season-high three batters in 1.2 innings in his first game back on June 6 at Texas… struck out a season-high two batters in a season-high 2.0 innings June 13 against Houston… it was his first of five two-strikeout games…allowed a season-high four runs on a season-high four hits, including a pair of home run, June 24 at Chicago (AL)…had a 6.75 ERA and .294 opponents batting average in seven games in June when he was designated for assignment June 25 when the A's added Edwin Jackson to the roster…was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville July 2 but returned to Oakland when rosters expanded on Sept. 1…was used as an "opener" following his return as he went 0-1 with a 1.38 ERA and .178 opponents batting average in 12 games, including eight starts, in September…became the sixth pitcher in Oakland history to start eight games in a month, the first since Vida Blue in July of 1977…is the second to do it in September
(Hunter, 1973) …his first start came on Sept. 1 against Seattle and he took the loss in an 8-7 decision (1.2 ip, 2 h, 2 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 1 so)…it was his first start since Sept. 16, 2014 against Chicago (AL)…then tossed exactly 1.0 innings in each of his final seven starts and did not allow a run (7.0 ip)…finished the season with an 11.1-inning scoreless streak overall…made three straight relief appearances from Sept. 23 to 26…matched his season high for innings pitched Sept. 23 against Minnesota when he tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief…was the "opener" in the Wild Card game at New York on Oct. 3 and took the loss after allowing a two-run home run to Judge in the first inning (1.0 ip, 1 h, 2 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 1 so).
NASHVILLE: Went 4-1 with six saves and a 2.84 ERA in 23 games, including one start, with Nashville…struck out 43 batters in 25.1 innings, an average of 15.28 per nine innings…walked just four (1.42 per nine innings) for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10.75…surrendered just one home run…tied for seventh in the A's farm system in saves…allowed a .216 opponents batting average, including .205 (8-for-39) against left-handed hitters compared to .224 (13-for-58) against righthanders…opponents hit .295 with their lone home run with the bases empty, .151 with runners on base…had a .167 opponents average with runners in scoring position, including .077 with RISP and two outs…converted 6-of-7 (85.7%) save opportunities and stranded all four of his inherited runners…had a 0.68 ERA in the ninth inning…did not walk a batter in 20 of his 23 appearances and did not allow a run 19 times…first joined the Sounds on May 31 on a rehab assignment and
pitched in two games (2.0 ip, 1 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 so) before he was reinstated from the DL June 5… returned to Nashville after he was designated for assignment by Oakland June 25 and outrighted on July 2…allowed a season-high four runs on a season-high four hits in 1.0 inning July 12 at Iowa…did not allow a run 16 of his final 17 appearances after that (0.45 ERA)…had a 14-game, 16.1-inning scoreless streak from July 15 to Aug. 23…opponents went 11-for-59 (.186) with one walk during the streak…made his lone start on July 21 in the second game of a doubleheader against Oklahoma City and tossed a season-high 2.0 innings (also July 30 at Salt Lake and Aug.
28 at New Orleans)…was credited with five of his six saves over a six-game stretch from Aug. 7 to 23…struck out a season-high four batters in 2.0 innings Aug. 28 at New Orleans…was 2-1 with five saves, a 0.75 ERA and .159 opponents batting average in 11 relief appearances in the month of August.
Was 4-2 with a save and a 4.22 ERA in a career-high 70 games…also had career highs in strikeouts (78), saves and wild pitches (6) and a career-low in opponents batting average (.229)…his average of 3.23 walks per nine innings was a career high…tossed 64.0 innings after pitching 64.2 innings in each of the previous two seasons…tied for eighth in the American League in games pitched… tied for eighth among AL relievers in runs allowed (34), ranked 10th in pitches (1164) and tied for 10th in earned runs (30)…logged a 5.40 ERA and .260 opponents batting average in 38 games before the All-Star Break…then posted a 2.63 ERA and .182 opponents average in 32 games after the break…in two seasons with Oakland, he has a 5.65 ERA (40 er in 63.2 ip) and .299 (79-for-264) opponents average before the break, a 2.35 ERA (17 er in 65.0 ip) and .195 (47-for-241) opponents average after the break…his opponents batting average broke down to .206 (20-for-97) against left-handed hitters, .243 (37-for-152) against right-handers…first batters faced hit .190 but he walked seven, which tied for seventh most in the AL…allowed 8-of-37 (21.6%) inherited runners to score, which tied for the seventh lowest percentage in the AL…has allowed 22-of-101 (21.8%) to score in his career…was 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA and .176 opponents batting average in 40 games at home compared to 1-2 with a 7.11 ERA and .299 opponents average in 30 games on the road…in two seasons with the A's, he has a 2.54 ERA (21 er in 74.1 ip) in Oakland, 5.96 (36 er in 54.1 ip) on the road…had a 2.87 ERA in 16 games on no days rest, a 4.66 ERA in his other 54 outings…posted a 1.85 ERA and .186 opponents batting average in the seventh inning or earlier, a 7.92 ERA and .288 opponents average from the eighth inning on…has a 7.08 ERA (27 er in 34.1 ip) in his career in the ninth inning or later…compiled a 6.66 ERA in 30 games against AL West competition, 2.72 in 40 games against everyone else…yielded a .140 batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs…opponents were successful in 12-of-13 (92.3%) stolen bases attempts with him on the mound…the steals tied for the most in the AL and tied for second most in the majors among relievers…opponents are 22-for-24 (91.7%) against him in two seasons with the A's and 45-for-53 (84.9%) in his career.
OAKLAND: Did not allow a run over his first two games…then allowed two runs on a season-high three hits April 12 at Kansas City, his first of three straight games with two runs allowed…that gave him an 11.57 ERA over his first five contests but he following that up with a season-best nine-game, 11.0-inning scoreless streak from April 19 to May 10…had a .105 opponents batting average over that span and struck out 11 while walking just one…fanned three batters May 6 against Detroit, his first of six three-strikeout games…tossed a season-high 2.0 scoreless innings May 8 against Los Angeles (AL)…had a six-game, 6.1-inning scoreless streak from May 18 to June 3…then allowed 10 runs on 15 hits over his next 11 games from June 5-27 (10.00 ERA, .375 opponents batting average)…stranded each of his 10 inherited runners over a 26-game stretch from June 3 to July 31 but had a 7.77 ERA over that span…matched his season-high with 2.0 scoreless innings June 7 against Toronto…surrendered a season-high four runs and did not retire a batter July 7 at Seattle…allowed four runs again in 0.2 innings at Toronto July 27…walked three batters in that game, which are his most ever as a reliever…made the 200th appearance of his career Aug. 8 against Seattle…did not allow a run in 18 of his final 19 outings beginning Aug. 12…had a 0.53 ERA and .123 opponents batting average over that span…struck out 19 and walked just two in 17.0 innings…allowed just 1-of-14 (7.1%) inherited runners to score…committed the first error of his career Sept. 3 at Seattle, snapping a career-opening 208-game errorless streak…recorded the final two outs of the A's 3-2 win at Detroit Sept. 20 for the first save of his career.
Compiled a 3.76 ERA and .270 opponents batting average in 53 relief appearances in his first season with the A's…had an 8.27 ERA and .394 opponents batting average in 11 games before going on the disabled list in early May with a strained right triceps…logged a 2.23 ERA and .222 opponents batting average in 42 games following his return from the DL…struck out 71 batters in 64.2 innings for the second consecutive season and matched his career high in strikeouts…has an average of 9.88 strikeouts per nine innings over his last two seasons after posting a mark of 5.87 over his first four seasons…walked just 14 (1.95 per nine innings) for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.07…posted a 0-4 record after going 5-0 in 2015…allowed just 5-of-34 (14.7%) inherited runners to score, which was the fourth lowest mark in the American League…first batters faced hit .231 with one walk (.245 on-base percentage)…his opponents batting average included a .228 (23-for-101) mark against left-handed hitters compared to .297 (46-for-155) against right-handers…in 2015, he had a .283 mark against lefties, .207 against righties…allowed 69 hits in 2016, which tied for sixth most among AL relievers…yielded a .260 average with runners in scoring position, but that dropped to .194 with RISP and two outs…was 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA, .351 opponents batting average and four home runs in 20 games before the All-Star Break…then went 0-2 with a 2.15 ERA, .204 opponents batting average and two home runs in 33 games after the break…had no decisions and a 2.78 ERA in 26 games in Oakland…was 0-4 with a blown save, a 4.97 ERA and five of his six home runs in 27 outings on the road…now has a 3.72 ERA (72 er in 174.1 ip) in 77 career appearances at home compared to 6.26 (100 er in 143.2 ip) in 73 games on the road…compiled a 1.80 ERA and .221 opponents batting average in 31 games at night, a 6.93 ERA and .336 opponents average in 22 games during the day…had a 0.93 ERA in nine games with no rest, a 4.25 ERA in his other 44 outings…combined for a 2.34 ERA in the seventh and eighth innings but posted a 10.24 ERA in the ninth inning…has a career ERA of 7.20 (16 er in 20.0 ip) in the ninth inning…was 0-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 28 appearances against AL West competition, 0-0 with a 4.88 ERA in 25 games against all other teams…opponents were successful in 10-of-11 (90.9%) stolen bases attempts of him and the 10 steals were fourth most among AL relievers…they are 33-for-40 (82.5%) with him on the mound in his career…did not commit an error and has not made an error in 150 career appearances (46 total chances)…tossed more than one inning in 24 of his 53 outings.
Pitched exclusively in relief for the first time in his career and was 5-0 with a 2.92 ERA in 58 games with Toronto…had career highs in games, strikeouts (71) and wins…his ERA was a career low as was his .240 opponents batting average, .276 on-base percentage and .329 slugging percentage…issued 11 walks in 64.2 innings and his average of 1.53 walks per nine innings ranked eighth lowest among American League relievers…struck out 71 and his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 6.45 ranked fourth…also tied for ninth in wins…his opponents batting average included a .207 (29-for-140) mark against righthanded hitters compared to .283 (30-for-106) against left-handers…entered the season with a .328 career average against righties…allowed a .204 batting average with the bases empty, .293 with runners on base…however, surrendered a .179 batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs… opponents were 0-for-7 with the bases loaded…yielded a .134 batting average with two strikes…the opponents number four hitter was 1-for-25 (.040)…allowed 9-of-30 (30.0%) inherited runners to score… first batters faced were 13-for-53 (.245) with four walks and a hit by pitch (.310 on-base percentage)… did not allow a run in 11 interleague games (11.2 ip, 4 h, 1 bb, 18 so)…had a 2.21 ERA and .213 opponents batting average in 32 games at home, a 3.86 ERA and .273 opponents average in 26 contests on the road…has a 3.96 ERA (61 er in 138.2 ip) in his career at home compared to 6.59 (84 er in 114.2 ip) on the road…logged a 1.75 ERA in 21 day games, a 3.69 ERA in 37 outings at night…tossed more than one inning in 19 of his 58 games, including two or more 10 times…never walked more than one batter in an outing.
Had two separate stints with the Blue Jays before being dealt to Kansas City with Erik Kratz for Danny Valencia on July 28... Made six starts (three each for TOR and KC) before his final three outings out of bullpen with Royals. In his Blue Jays debut May 23 vs. OAK (5.1IP/1ER), picked up his 3rd career win and 1st ever home victory (0-6 previously). Recorded a season-high seven innings on Aug. 27 vs. MIN, allowing just one run, however received a no-decision. Appeared in the AAA All-Star Game on July 16, earning Top Star honours with 2.0 scoreless innings. Overall posted a 12-2 record with a 2.45 ERA at the AAA level... Led the International League in WHIP (0.87) and was T-1st in ERA (1.92) at time of his initial promotion. Started the season with 28.1 innings without issuing a walk... Did not issue more than 1 BB in any start with Buffalo, walking seven total in 108.1 innings. Fell 6.2 IP short of qualifying 1st for ERA title in International League.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for first time in career...replaced Scott Baker (elbow) in Twins rotation and made first start April 15 vs. Texas,
allowing one run on seven hits in 6.0 innings with no walks and four strikeouts. ... Made four starts for Twins, going 0-2, 9.00 (18.0 IP, 18 ER) before being optioned to Triple-A Rochester May 7. ... Named International League Pitcher of the Week June 4-10 after going 2-0, 0.00 (15.2 IP) with seven hits allowed, three walks and 18
strikeouts...pitched 7.0-inning complete game shutout June 4 vs. Columbus, then followed it up with 8.2 shutout innings and 10 strikeouts
June 9 at Indianapolis. ... Went 5-0, 1.94 (46.1 IP, 10 ER) with 42 strikeouts, 13 walks and one complete game in seven starts for Red Wings. ... Recalled by Twins June 16...made four starts for Twins and was optioned back to Rochester July 3. ... Posted 23.0-inning scoreless streak at Rochester June 4-July 13. ... Suffered first Triple-A loss of the season while at Rochester July 23 at Durham after winning first seven decisions. ... Pitched 7.0-plus innings with two-or-fewer runs allowed in 10 of 16 starts for Red Wings. ... Recalled by Twins August 21...was 9-3, 2.20 (106.1 IP, 26 ER) in 16 starts for Wings at the time of recall...tied for first on the club in wins
(9), first in innings pitched (106.1) and second in strikeouts (82). ... Pitched first major league career complete game, allowing one run on three hits and a season-high six strikeouts but was dealt the loss
August 27 vs. Seattle; Felix Hernandez pitched a complete game shutout for Mariners. ... Earned first major league win allowing two runs on two hits in 6.0 innings with two walks and two strikeouts September 19 at Cleveland; the
win snapped his streak of 17 consecutive starts without a victory, tying Tampa Bay's Jason Hammel (2006-07) and the Mets Craig Anderson
(1962-64) for third most all-time...became one of 16 Australian-born pitchers to win a major league game. ... Ranked second in entire Twins organization in starts (32) and innings pitched (191.2).
Started the season with Double-A New Britain...won back-to-back games April 25 and 30, allowing three runs over 13.1 innings...Was named Twins Minor League Player of the Week, June 4-10...he went 2-0, 0.69 (13.0 ip, 1 er) with 12 hits allowed, one walk and 10 strikeouts in two starts...Selected to pitch for the World Team in the XM Future's Game, July 10 at Chase Field in Arizona, allowing one run on two hits in 1.0 inning pitched...Voted by the fans as an Eastern League All-Star...Won his final five decisions with New Britain, posting a 1.80 ERA (20.0 ip, 4 er) over his last three starts...was promoted to Rochester on July 19...Went 2-0 with a 3.66 ERA (19.2 ip 8 er) over his first three starts at Triple-A....did not walk a batter over his final four starts with the Red Wings (22.2 ip)...Pitched 8.0 innings, allowing just one run on three hits in his final start for Rochester, August 31 vs. Pawtucket...Had his contract selected by the Twins, September 6...made his first career start that night vs. Chicago (AL)...despite suffering the loss, he pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs on four hits...he struck out four and walked three...Combined to go 12-6, 3.36 (139.1 ip, 52 er) with 111 strikeouts and 21 walks in 25 games (24 starts) between Triple-A Rochester and Double-A New Britain...combined to go 12-8, 3.76 (162.2 ip, 68 er) with 127 strikeouts and 27 walks in 29 games (28 starts) between both minor league levels and with the Twins...Led the Twins organization in strikeouts (127) and ranked second in wins (12)...ranked second among all Twins minor leaguers in strikeouts (111), fifth in innings pitched (139.1) and seventh in starts (24)...Named the Jim Rantz Award winner for Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year, the 10th winner of the award in club history...Named as the right-handed starting pitcher on the Minor League Baseball website's 2011 Twins organizational All-Star team...Ranked seventh-best prospect in the Twins organization and Best Control among Twins minor leaguers by Baseball America, following the season.
Started the season at Single-A Beloit...did not allow a run in his first three starts (17.0 innings) and allowed just two runs over his first five starts (28.0 innings)...was named the Midwest League Player of the Week, April 8...was promoted to Single-A Ft. Myers, May 10...was named to the 2010 Futures All-Star Game but did not pitch due to appendectomy surgery (July 4-August 18)...ranked by Baseball America as the 14th best prospect in Florida State League...named sixth-best prospect in the Twins organization and Best Control by Baseball America...pitched in the Australian Baseball League in the offseason...threw 26.1 innings over eight appearances (six starts).
Made three starts for Rookie-Level Elizabethton before being promoted to Single-A Beloit, July 8...allowed just four earned runs over his first three starts (18.1 innings) posting a 1.96 ERA...did not allow a run in back-to-back starts August 22 and 27 allowing just two hits over 13.0 innings...pitched in the World Baseball Classic for Team Australia...pitched two games out of the bullpen vs. Team Mexico.
Spent the entire year on the disabled list with a nerve injury.
Started his professional career in the Gulf Coast League...made 10 starts, including five starts without allowing a run...struck out a season-high 11 batters in 6.0 scoreless innings, August 18.