Monday, May 5, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST #127 DOUG DRABEK

LED THE NL IN LOSSES WITH 18 IN '93.



WAS 38-42 IN FOUR SEASONS WITH HOUSTON.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Given up on by two organizations, Doug Drabek found a home in Pittsburgh and became its ace on three consecutive NL East championship teams. Drabek averaged 237 innings and 16 victories from 1988-'92 and won the NL Cy Young Award in '90, when he led the league in victories with 22. The Texan signed with the Astros in '93 but never had the success he enjoyed with the Pirates.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Needing a victory to wrap up their first NL East championship since '79, the Pirates had the right pitcher on the mound on Sept. 30, 1990. Drabek three-hit the Cardinals on only 80 pitches as the Pirates won 2-0. 

DEFINING SEASON

  • Drabek went 22-6 with a 2.76 ERA in '90. He tossed nine complete games, three shutouts, striking out only 131 but walking only 56. He earned 23 of 24 first-place Cy Young votes.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Drafted out of the University of Houston in the 11th round in '83 by the White Sox.
  2. Sent to the Yankees in August '84, along with Kevin Hickey, as players to be named in the Roy Smalley deal a month earlier.
  3. Called up to the Yankees in '86 but was traded in the off-season as part of a six-player deal to the Pirates, chiefly for starter Rick Rhoden.
  4. Won 11 games with a 3.88 ERA in '87 in his first full season in the majors.
  5. Went 0-3 in the '92 NLCS against the Braves, giving up 11 runs, but only seven were earned.

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