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 ETBy 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.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
MORE MLB HEADLINES
- Ortiz, Red Sox discuss one-year extension
- Yanks not angry at Cano, 'feel bad for him'
- Ellsbury goes from 'thorn' to Yanks' 'flower'
- Rangers take Seahawks QB Wilson in draft