|SINKERBALLER HAD IT ALL WORKING IN '91.|
|TWO YEARS AFTER WINNING 20, HE LOST 19 IN '93.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Scott Erickson nearly did it all from the mound in 1991, going 20-8, earning a spot on the AL All-Star staff and winning a World Series with the Twins. He never could repeat that sophomore-season magic, but in '94, the sinker-slider ground-ball specialist did become the third Twins pitcher to throw a no-hitter. He finished his 15-year career 142-136 with a 4.59 ERA and 98 ERA+.
- The no-hitter against the Brewers on April 27 came during a lousy stretch for Erickson. He led the majors in losses with 19 in '93 and was 1-3 with a 7.48 ERA going into the Brewers' game. It was and ended up being the only no-no thrown in the Metrodome, with Erickson walking four and striking out five in the 6-0 gem.
- Erickson led the majors in wins in '91 and was second to #104 Roger Clemens for the AL Cy Young Award. He pitched 204 innings, allowing 189 hits, 71 walks and striking out 108.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Drafted four times before finally signing with the Twins, who took him in the fourth round in '89.
- Provided a glimpse of what was to come in '90, making 17 starts and going 8-4 with a 2.87 ERA.
- Went 5-0 in September '90, sharing AL Pitcher of the Month with Athletics ace Dave Stewart.
- Made two starts in the '91 World Series against the Braves without getting a decision and compiling a 5.06 ERA in 10.2 innings.
- Traded to the O's in July '95 and spent seven seasons in Baltimore, going 79-68 with a 4.73 ERA.