Full name is Nicholas Johncarlo Pivetta...He and his wife have a Yorkshire terrier named Tucker...Graduated in 2011 from Lambrick Park High School...Missed his senior baseball season due to an elbow injury and received only one scholarship offer (New Mexico Junior College)...Graduated in 2013 from NMJC...Was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team from 2009-12...His idol was Roy Halladay, though he never got to meet him...As a kid, watched a lot of Blue Jays games, most of which started shortly after he got home from school.
Made his fourth consecutive Opening Day roster, his first with the Red Sox (2018-20 with PHI) Posted career bests in wins (9) and ERA (4.53)...His 30 starts, 155.0 IP, 10.16 SO/9.0 IP, and 1.39 HR/9.0 IP were all the second-best single-season marks of his career His 10.16 SO/9.0 IP ranked sixth in the AL (min. 150.0 IP)...Averaged 95.0 MPH on his 4-seam fastball, tied for the highest mark of his career (also 2018) Was one of four pitchers to make as many as five scoreless starts with 5.0+ IP and two or fewer hits allowed (also Freddy Peralta-6, Carlos Rodón-6, and Max Scherzer-5)...Allowed one or 0 HR in 27 of his 30 starts, including each of his first 12...Walked 3+ batters in six of his first seven starts (14.7 BB%), but only four of his remaining 24 starts (8.4 BB%)...In 16 road games (15 GS), posted a 3.75 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP and a .208 opponent AVG (81.2 IP, 34 ER, 62 H)...Pitched in four 1-0 games, with the Red Sox going 2-2 in those: 4/28 at NYM (W), 6/24 at TB (L), 7/4 at OAK (W), and 8/7 at TOR-G1 (L) The Red Sox went 11-1 in his first 12 starts after acquiring him from PHI (2020-21)...It marks the only time in club history the Sox have won 11 of a pitcher’s first 12 starts with the team (source: Elias)...Became only the third pitcher to go unbeaten in his first 12 starts with the Red Sox (8-0), joining Mike Nagy in 1969 (12 GS) and Matt Clement in 2005 (12 GS)...In spring training, made 4 Grapefruit League starts and posted a 6.23 ERA (9 ER/13.0 IP) Made his season debut on 4/5 vs. TB...Helped snap the Sox’ season-opening three-game losing streak (5.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H)...Became the 6th pitcher to throw 5.0+ innings and allow one or 0 runs in each of his first 3 outings with BOS, joining Bullet Joe Bush (1918), Tim Wakefield (1995), Pedro Martinez (1998), Eduardo Rodriguez (2015) and Tanner Houck (2020)...The Sox won his first five starts with the club, including his first three of 2021...Prior to Pivetta, the last time the Sox won each of a pitcher’s first five starts with the club was 2002 (John Burkett, first 9)...In five April starts, went 3-0 with a 2.81 ERA (8 ER/25.2 IP) and a .176 opponent AVG (15-for-85) In a 1-0 win on 4/28 at NYM, allowed only one hit in 5.0 scoreless innings...As a hitter, had a 10-pitch at-bat vs. Jacob deGrom, tied for the longest by a Red Sox pitcher in Interleague play (also Buchholz, 6/18/15 at ATL)...In April, made three starts in which he threw 5.0+ innings and allowed two hits or fewer, matching the total from his first four ML seasons (2017-20)...On 4/22 vs. SEA and 4/28 at NYM, opponents were 2-for-32 (.063) The Sox went 5-0 in his May starts...He threw 5.0+ innings and allowed four ER or fewer in each of them...Through May, was 6-0 with a 3.86 ERA...Was the 1st Red Sox starter to begin a season 6-0 or better since Jon Lester (6-0) and Clay Buchholz (11-0) in 2013...Went 8-0 with a 3.53 ERA in his first 12 starts with the Sox (63.2 IP, 25 ER)...Was the 3rd pitcher to go un.beaten in his first 12 starts with BOS, joining Mike Nagy in 1969 (12 GS) and Matt Clement in 2005 (12 GS)...In the Sox’ 1-0, walk-off loss on 6/24 at TB, was removed after allowing zero hits and zero runs in 6.2 IP...On 7/4 at OAK, allowed two hits and no runs in 7.0 IP, recording a season-high 10 SO In his starts on 8/7 at TOR (6.0 IP) and 8/13 vs. BAL (6.0 IP), allowed a combined one run on four hits in 12.0 IP...Helped the Sox clinch a Postseason berth by earning the save on 10/3 at WSH in his only relief appearance of the season...Threw a perfect ninth inning, striking out Juan Soto (looking) for the final out.
POSTSEASON: Went 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and .188 opponent AVG in three appearances (1 start) during his Postseason debut (13.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 14 SO)...Made his Postseason debut in Game 1 of the ALDS, allowing three runs in 4.2 IP during the Sox’ 5-0 loss...Was the 8th Red Sox pitcher in Postseason history to throw 4.2+ IP in relief Tossed scoreless 10th through 13th innings and earned the win in Game 3 of the ALDS vs. TB (4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 SO), the Sox’ 6-4 win in 13 innings...Was the fifth Red Sox pitcher with 4.0+ scoreless IP in relief during a Postseason game...Made his first career Postseason start in Game 4 of the ALCS vs. HOU (5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 SO)...Was the 4th Sox pitcher in ALCS history to allow no more than two hits and two runs over 5.0+ IP, joining Pedro Martinez (1999-G3), Tim Wakefield (2003-G1) and Derek Lowe (2004-G7).
Made two starts for BOS (10.0 IP, 2 R) and three relief appearances for PHI (5.2 IP, 10 R)...made the Phillies’ Opening Day roster...Allowed 6 runs in 0.1 IP on 8/10 vs. ATL and was optioned to the Alternate Training Site the following day...Traded to BOS with minor league RHP Connor Seabold on 8/21, in exchange for RHPs Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree, cash considerations, and a player to be named later or cash considerations...Recalled by BOS on 9/22 and started that day vs. BAL, earning the win (5.0 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 8 SO, 3 BB)...was the first Sox pitcher with as many as 8 SO in a team debut since David Price in 2016...Also earned the win in the Sox’ season finale on 9/27 at ATL (5.0 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 SO)...In both starts with BOS, allowed a run in the 1st inning then held his opponent scoreless in the next 4.0 innings.
Made his second career and second consecutive Opening Day roster...Was optioned to Lehigh Valley (AAA) on 4/17 after posting an 8.35 ERA (17 ER, 18.1 IP) in his first four starts...Named International League Pitcher of the Week, 5/13-19...Recalled from Lehigh Valley on 5/28... Had a streak of 17.0 consecutive IP without a walk, 5/28-6/8...On 6/2 at LAD, made the first scoreless start of his career in which he allowed three or fewer base runners...Tossed his first career complete game on 6/8 vs CIN, passing his previous career high in innings pitched by 1.2 IP...Made his first relief appearance of the season on 7/20 at PIT and pitched in relief for the remainder of the season...On 7/23 at DET, became the first Phillies reliever to toss at least 3.2 hitless frames since 2014 (Jeff Manship, 4.0 IP, 5/31 vs NYM)...Earned his first career save, 8/3 vs CWS...Optioned to Lehigh Valley on 8/24 and recalled again on 9/3...Posted a 4.38 ERA (12 ER, 24.2 IP) in 17 relief appearances and a 5.74 ERA (44 ER, 69.0 IP) in 13 starts.
Among all NL starters, ranked 5th in SO/9.0 IP (10.32), 6th in SO rate (27.1 %), 8th in SO (188) and 9th in SO/BB (3.69)...His 10.32 SO/9.0 IP was the 2nd-highest ever by a qualifying Phillies pitcher, trailing Curt Schilling's mark of 11.29 in 1997...He and Aaron Nola became the second pair of Phillies teammates 25 or younger to each strike out 180 batters or more (other: Charlie Ferguson and Dan Casey, 1886).. Was the first Phillie to finish in the top five in the NL in SO/9.0 IP since 2011 (Cliff Lee, 4th)... Made first career Opening Day roster...Had a career-best 18.0-inning scoreless streak (since 9/18/17) come to an end in the third inning of his season debut, 3/30 at ATL... Did not allow a home run in his first 25.2 innings of the season...Posted a 3.26 ERA (21 ER, 58.0 IP) and held opponents to a .230 AVG through the end of May...Matched up against ATL RHP Mike Foltynewicz 4 times in the Phillies' first 46 games, first time two ML starters squared off 4 times in first 46 team games since 1959 (Philadelphia's Robin Roberts and MIL's Lew Burdette)... Recorded his 100th strikeout of the season before reaching 85.0 IP, becoming the third Phillies starter to do so since 1998 (Curt Schilling, 1998 and Vince Velasquez, 2018)...On 5/16 at BAL, became the third Phillies pitcher since 2010 with 7.0+ IP, 2 or fewer hits and 11+ strikeouts in a game (others: Halladay's perfect game, 5/29/10 at FLA and Hamels' no-hitter, 7/25/15 at CHI)... Allowed just 1 run in 19.0 IP (0.47 ERA) over 3 starts, 5/16-27, including a 14.0-inning scoreless streak... Had a streak of 16 straight starts allowing 6 or fewer hits, 9/18/17-6/7/18, becoming one of four Phillies since 1908 with a streak that length...Struck out a career-high 13 batters on 6/18 vs STL...Made his first ML relief appearance, 7/1 vs WSH (W, 1.0 IP)... Became the first Phillie to start at a neutral site (Bowman Field, Williamsport for Little League Classic) since Jack Sanford on 9/3/57 at BKN at Roosevelt Stadium... On 8/25 at TOR, became the first Canadian-born Phillie to pitch in his home country since Paul Quantrill started for the Phillies on 7/15/95 at MTL.
Among ML rookies, was 1st in SO/9.0 IP (9.47, min. 125.0 IP), 3rd in SO (140), 4th in starts (26) and 7th in innings (133.0)... Was tied for the 9th-most SO in a season ever by a Phillies rookie... In Phillies history, only Cole Hamels (145 SO in 23 starts in 2006) and Dennis Bennett (149 SO in 24 starts in 1962) had more strikeouts in as few starts... Had the highest SO/9.0 IP and SO rate (24.0%) of any Phillies rookie ever to make at least 25 starts... His 133 SO were the 5th-most by a Phillies starter in his first 25 career starts (most: Hamels, 160 SO)... Attended ML spring training and played for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic... Began the season with Lehigh Valley (AAA) and was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week, 4/6-16... Recalled on 4/30 and made his ML debut that day at LAD as the starting pitcher (first of 4 stints with the Phillies)... Was the first Canadian-born starting pitcher to debut for the Phillies since Scott Mathieson on 6/17/06 vs TB... Earned his fi rst ML win, 6/5 at ATL... Recorded a career-high 11 SO, 8/16 at SD, the most by a Phillies rookie since Cole Hamels struck out 11 on 9/16/06 at HOU... Became the only Phillie since 1913 to fi nish a start with at least 11 SO in 5.0 or fewer IP... Posted a 1.06 ERA (2 ER, 17.0 IP), 1.12 WHIP (8 BB, 11 H), 19 SO and .186 OPP AVG (11-59) in his final 3 starts, ending his season with an active 16.0-inning scoreless streak.
Began the season with Reading (AA)...Finished T-1st in the Eastern League in SHO (1), 3rd in WHIP (1.20), T-3rd in wins (11), 6th in ERA (3.41) & SO (111) and T-9th in CG (1)...Selected as an EL midseason All-Star...Went 3-0, 2.45 ERA (9 ER, 33.0 IP) in 6 June starts...Pitched his first professional SHO, 6/17 at Harrisburg (9.0 IP)...Had a 19.0-inning scoreless streak, 6/7-24...Was on the DL, 7/1-8 (right groin strain)...Promoted to Lehigh Valley (AAA) on 8/12 for the remainder of the season...Allowed 2 ER or fewer in 4 of his 5 starts...Did not allow a run in 9 of his 27 combined starts (33.3%)
Began the season with Potomac (A)... Allowed 2 ER or fewer in 12 of his 14 starts (85.7%)... Limited RHH to a .476 OPS whereas LHH posted an .820 OPS against him... Allowed 3 hits or fewer in 8 of his 14 starts... Had a 13.0-inning scoreless streak, 4/15-27... Promoted to Harrisburg (AA) on 7/8... Was traded to the Phillies on 7/28 and assigned to Reading.
Spent the season with Hagerstown (A)... Finished 3rd in the South Atlantic League in wins (13) and was T-1st among all WSH minor leaguers... Named a SAL midseason All-Star... Won 5 consecutive starts, 4/26-5/20 (5-0, 1.98 ERA, 6 ER, 27.1 IP)... Was on the DL, 5/21-6/2 (left ankle strain)... Tossed 6.0 hitless innings in a start, 6/20 at Greensboro... Following the season, was named the 10th-best prospect in WSH's minor league system by Baseball America.
Began his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Nationals (R)... Allowed 1 ER in 11.1 IP over his fi rst 3 professional starts (0.79 ERA)... Promoted to Auburn (A) on 8/6 for the remainder of the season... Allowed 3 ER or fewer in all 5 starts.