Cutter, control lift Loaiza to new heights

The main reason Esteban Loaiza has gone from career journeyman to Cy Young candidate? The cutter.

Updated: August 27, 2003, 5:06 PM ET
By Tony Gwynn | Special to ESPN Insider
Esteban Loaiza has gone from career journeyman to Cy Young candidate in less than a season. The Chicago White Sox starter pitched a gem in Tuesday's battle of division leaders at Yankee Stadium -- seven scoreless innings and one hit in a 13-2 win. He's tied for the AL lead in wins (17-6) and is third in ERA (2.51).

But last offseason, nobody wanted Loaiza. I know, because we have the same agent, San Diego-based John Boggs. I remember being in Boggs' office last winter, and he was scrambling to find Loaiza a job.

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