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Joseph Michael Smith... On Twitter: @thethree8. Along with wife, Allie, raises funds and awareness for Huntington's Disease... Joe's mother, Lee, was diagnosed with Huntington's in February 2012. Attended Amelia (OH) High School where he won three letters in baseball and sat out senior year due to right arm surgery... Played three years of basketball and averaged 20.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Attended Wright State (OH) University without a scholarship and was cut from the baseball team as a freshman… Came back as a redshirt sophomore and changed to a sidearm delivery in his junior year... Was 6-5 with a 1.53 ERA and 22 saves in 80 games (all in relief) over three years... Named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year as a junior... Led the Horizon League with 13 saves (13th in NCAA)… Earned NCAA All-Mideast Regional second team honors. His hobbies include fishing, boating and video games. Married Allie LaForce on January 17, 2015... Allie works as a sideline reporter for CBS and TNT covering the NBA, college football and college basketball. Was a regular participant at the Cleveland Indians Charities Celebrity Golf Classic and participated in the Tribe Reporter for a Day program, working with Cleveland high school students aspiring to be journalists... He also took part in the annual Tribe Shop With A Pro event at a local retail outlet. Originally selected by the New York Mets in third round of the 2006 First-Year Player draft... Signed by Mets scout Erwin Bryant.
Pitched in 70 games for Angels, going 5-5 with five saves and a 3.58 ERA (65.1 IP - 26 ER). Led American League with 32 holds (ranked third in Majors). Is one of two big league pitchers (also Tyler Clippard) to pitch at least 70 games in each of last five seasons. Second pitcher in Angels history with multiple seasons of at least 70 appearances (Scot Shields, 2005-07). Opened the season with seven consecutive scoreless appearances (7 IP), marking third longest season-opening streak of career. Prior to All-Star break, allowed one earned run in 14.1 innings pitched on the road (0.63 ERA). Earned wins in back-to-back appearances (July 8 at Colorado and July 17 vs. Boston)... Marked fourth ti me in career as winning pitcher in consecutive outings. Did not allow a run in 18 of last 21 road appearances. Missed 11 games from Sept. 18-29 after suffering foot injury on Sept. 17 at Minnesota (was not placed on disabled list)... Assumed closing duties upon his return after Huston Street suffered a groin injury on Sept. 26... Recorded saves in each of Angels final two victories of season (Oct. 2-3).
Completed first season with Angels with a 7-2 record, 15 saves and a 1.81 ERA (74.2 IP - 15 ER) in 76 relief appearances...Set or matched career-highs in wins, saves, games, innings pitched and strikeouts while posting his lowest career single-season ERA...Is one of two big league pitchers (also Tyler Clippard) to pitch at least 70 games in each of last four seasons...His 67 scoreless appearances led American League and set an Angels franchise single-season record (previously 63 by Francisco Rodriguez in 2008)...Established Angels record with 10 consecutive hitless games with at least one inning pitched (June 28-July 13)...Led all Angels relievers in victories, games and innings pitched...Had streak of 23 consecutive scoreless appearances from June 24 - Aug. 9 (fourth longest streak in Angels history)...During month of July, went 2-0 with eight saves and a 0.00 ERA (17 IP - 0 ER)...Retired 49 of 54 batters faced (four hits and one walk)...Finished July with a 0.294 WHIP, the lowest single month WHIP in Majors in last 100 years (min. 15 IP)...Teammate Fernando Salas later broke record in Aug. with a 0.267 WHIP...Had streak of retiring 31 consecutive right-handed batters faced from June 26 - July 29...Marked longest streak by Angels pitcher in last 40 years...Earned saves in both games of July 1 doubleheader at Chicago White Sox...Became first Angels pitcher with saves in both games of a doubleheader since Troy Percival on Sept. 6, 2003 vs. Kansas City...Eight of 16 runs allowed on season came vs. Oakland...Seven of 16 runs were scored or driven in by Yoenis Cespedes.
Led Indians relievers with 25 holds which were also tied for 7th among American League relief pitchers...Also ranked 13th in the AL in relief ERA (2.29), tied for 15th in games pitched (70) and tied for 4th with six relief wins... Opened the year with 10 straight scoreless outings from April 2 - May 1... Recorded first career Major League save on April 3 at Toronto in his 371st career big league game...Was the active leader in games pitched without having a save at the time... Registered 13 consecutive scoreless appearances from July 27 - August 25 over 13 innings pitched...Both were club season highs in relief for the Tribe... Had a 0.75 ERA (24 IP - 2 ER) from July 27th thru the end of the season... Did not get charged with a run in 57 of 70 appearances, his third straight 70-appearance season and the fourth of his career... Finished the season with three saves and allowed just one successful stolen base.
Was once again a valuable and reliable member of the Tribe's bullpen corps, finishing second on the team with 21 holds, which ranked tied for 11th among American League relievers...His pct. of inherited runners who scored (21%, 10 of 47) ranked 9th-best in the AL...Also ranked tied for 2nd in the AL with a club-high 7 relief wins, including 4 straight at one point that also equaled a club-high by a starter/reliever (club-high by relief pitcher). ERA from May 27 through the end of the season was 2.49 in 51 games (47.0IP, 36H, 13ER, 37K) and from June 22nd-on his ERA was 2.43 (37.0IP, 27H, 10ER)...Allowed runs in only 16 of his 72 appearances, which were tied for 10th--most in the American League...Topped the 70-appearance mark for the 3rd time in his career and second consecutive season...Finished strong, as his ERA from August 22nd thru the end of the year was 1.50 (18.0IP, 14H, 3ER)....Did not allow a run over his last 8 appearances of the season from Sept. 18-on (7.1IP, 3H, 0R). Major League hitters batted .213 (53-249) off him with runners on base, the 17th-lowest mark among American League relievers...Yielded only a .213 (16-75) average against with runners in scoring position and .184 (7-38) mark with RISP and 2 outs....Batting average (.218 vs. LH; .209 vs. RHP) and OPS (.585 vs. LH; .600 vs. RH) were virtually identical for the second straight season....32.2 of his 67.0 innings pitched came in the 7th inning ahead of Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez...Batters hit .222 (28-126) off him with runners on base...First batters faced average of .167 (11-66) was 7th-best among AL relief pitchers.
Had an outstanding season setting up for Chris Perez, finishing 4th among American League relievers in relief ERA (2.01), tied for 2nd in relief appearances (71), tied for 16th in holds (16), tied for 12th in relief innings pitches (67.0) and 21st in relief batting average against (.217)...Began the year on the 15-day disabled list with a spring training abdominal strain, making 4 rehab appearances at AA Akron before being activated on April 15...Spent the remainder of the season on the active roster...60 of his 71 appearances were scoreless...Did not allow an earned run over 27 straight appearances from May 12-July 15 (25.2IP), the third most games in club history w/out allowing an earned run within a single-season...Recorded 19 consecutive scoreless appearances over 19.0IP (12H, 0R) from June 2-July 15, both season-highs among Indians pitchers in terms of scoreless innings/games...Tossed a career-high 2.2IP on August 21 at Detroit...Over his last 62 appearances from May 12 thru the end of the season his ERA was 1.83 (59.0 IP, 43H, 12ER, .207AVG) ...From August 9 thru the end of the season after allowing 3 runs in 0.0IP on August 7th at Texas was 2.35 (23G, 23.0IP, 17H, 6ER)...Allowed 5 runs in 10.0IP over 11 games after September 5...Average vs. lefties went from .342 (13-38) in 2010 to .152 (12-79) in 2011...OPS went from .979 (.479/.500) to .460 (.244/.265) this season.
Spent most the season in the Major League bullpen save for a 20 appearance stretch in AAA Columbus in May and June and ended the season as one of the Tribe's most effective relievers after a change in his mechanics. ...Opened the season in the Indians bullpen and went 0-1 w/a 7.71 ERA in his first 9 appearances (7.0IP, 7H, 6R/ER) before being optioned to AAA Columbus on April 30...Only blown save chance was on April 8 at Chicago-AL...Was with Columbus from April 30-June 22 and spent the remainder of the season with Cleveland after June 22 recall. ...Went 2-1 w/2 saves (3 chances) at AAA Columbus with a 1.96 ERA in 20 games (23.0IP, 17H, 5ER, 19K, .207 AVG)...Over his last 12 outings his ERA was 0.66 (13.2IP, 8H, 1ER)...Worked at least 1.0IP in 18 of his 20 Columbus appearances...Triple-A hitters were 9-for-52 (.173) off him, hit .188 (9-48) with runners on and .194 (6-31) with RISP. ...After his second recall had an ERA of 3.00 (33.0IP, 23H, 11ER, 18BB, 27K) and over his last 41 outings, 37 of which were scoreless, his ERA was 2.40 (30.0IP, 18H, 8ER)...On the year 44 of his 53 appearances with Cleveland were scoreless...Did not allow a run in his 14 appearances (9.0IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 6K) from 6/28-7/27...7/29 vNYY 0.1IP, 3H, 4R/ER...From July 31-on his ERA was 1.74 (20.2IP, 13H, 4ER, .181AVG)...Did not allow a run over his last 11 outings in Sept/Oct (9.2IP, 7H, 0R, 3BB, 11K) to lower his season ERA from 5.04 to 3.83. ...Was tied for 14th in the AL with a team-high 17 holds, 4th in % of inherited runners that scored (19%, 7/36) and 10th with a first batter average of .159 (7-44)...Right-handed hitters batted .160 (17-106) off him with a .538 OPS...Batters hit .219 (16-73) with runners on base, .209 (9-43) with RISP and .182 (4-22) with RISP-2outs...Overall big league hitters batted .208 30-144, 4HR) off him (lefties hit .342 (13-38)...Tribe Record: 29-24 (.547).
Had a trying first season in the Indians organization from an injury standpoint and was effective over his 37 relief appearances between two official stints on the disabled list...Was limited to 8 appearances in spring training after being sidelined early in camp with a viral infection that required hospitalization Came back from that in early March and was sidelined with a sore finger on his pitching hand... Media Guide 2010 201 2010 C leveland Indians Career Game Highs BB 's: 3, April 11, 2009 vs. Toronto; K's: 4, Sept. 30, 2007 vs. Florida; L ONGEST OUT ING: 2.1IP, two times, last July 6, 2008 at PHI; WINN ING STREA K: 5 games, August 29, 2008-September 25, 2008 (current); LOSING STREA K: 2 games, two times, last July 22 thru July 28, 2008; SA VE STREA K: N/A; HR: 1, 11 times, last on August 29, 2009 at Baltimore; LAST WIN: September 25, 2008 vs. Chicago-NL; LAST SA VE: N/A; SC ORELESS INN INGS: 15.1IP, April 1 thru May 5, 2007. u Opened the season on the big league roster and the rigors of the season caught up to him after his abbreviated spring...Was 0-1 w/a 7.11 ERA in 8 relief appearances in April (6.1IP, 7H, 5ER, 5BB, 6K) before right shoulder soreness forced him onto the 15-day DL on April 29 (right rotator cuff strain)...Was on the DL from April 29-June 8 and made 5 scorelesss appearances in AAA Columbus from May 30-June 7...Upon his activation to thru his 2nd DL stint in September he was 0-0 w/a 2.60 ERA in 29 games (27.2IP, 23H, 8ER, 24K)... u From June 20-August 16 he allowed a run in just 1 of 20 outings (0.96ERA, 18.2IP, 14H, 2ER) and from July 17-August 16 he recorded 12 straight scoreless appearances (10.2IP, 8H, 0R)...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list a second time with a left knee sprain on Sept. 1 and missed the remainder of the regular season after making last outing on August 29th at Baltimore... u Batters hit .262 (17-65) with runners on base and .293 (12-41) with RISP, .222 (4-18) with RISP-2outs...Lefties had a .992 OPS off him compared to an OPS of .615 by righties...Lefties hit .355 off him and RHH batted .198...Underwent a left knee arthroscopy on Sept. 30 at the Cleveland Clinic to remove loose bodies from the joint and will be ready for full baseball activities in February when spring training opens in Goodyear, Arizona...Surgery was performed by Dr. Mark Schickendantz & Dr. Jim Williams.
Spent the entire 2008 season in the Mets bullpen, going 6-3 w/a 3.55 ERA in 82 games (63.1IP, 51H, 25ER, 31BB, 52K, 4HR), limiting Major League hitters to just a .220 (51-232) average allowed...Right-handed hitters batted just .192 (35-182) off him as he sported a .206 (14-68) average against overall with runners in scoring position...He finished tied for 3rd in the National League with 82 appearances (T3rd most in club history) and his inherited runners scored percentage of 17% (11 of 63) was the 2nd best mark in the NL (6th best in the Majors)...He went a club relief record 4-0 in September w/a 1.80 ERA in 14 appearances (10.0IP, 6H, 2ER, 11K)...His four victories in September were the most by any Mets relief pitcher in a month in one season...Led all major league relievers in wins in September...Was T5th in the National League with six relief victories...Was 16th in the NL with 18 holds...Did not permit an earned run over 18 outings (12.2 innings) from August 12th-September 17th...Had his scoreless streak snapped at 12.2 innings when he allowed two unearned runs on September 17th...Was unscored upon in 36 of his last 46 appearances and did not allowed an earned run in 52 of his final 67 games...Permitted one run over his first eight outings spanning 8.0 innings (1.13 ERA)...Struck out seven consecutive batters spanning five appearances from May 5th-May 14th.
Ranked fifth among National League rookie pitchers with 54 appearances...Had 45 strikeouts in 44.1 innings of work (9.14 strikeouts per nine innings)...Did not allow an earned run in 45 of his 54 outings...Hurled 15.1 scoreless innings in his first 17 major league outings to establish the club record for a rookie reliever to start his career, before allowing three runs on May 12th vs. Milwaukee...Dennis Musgraves held the previous mark, tossing 9.0 shutout frames in 1965...Posted a 1.57 ERA (four earned runs/23.0 innings) against NL East opponents...Had a 2.75 ERA (11 earned runs/36.0 innings) in the first half...Began the year with New York...Was optioned to New Orleans (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League on July 26th...Recalled for a second time on September 16th...Placed on the New Orleans Disabled List on August 24th with right biceps tendonitis...Came off the DL on September 2nd...Picked up the win on September 23rd at Florida with a 1-2-3, 10th inning...The Mets won the contest, 7-6, in 12 innings...Worked a season-high 2.1 shutout innings on July 7th at Houston...Earned his first major league victory on April 24th vs. Colorado...Worked 0.2 scoreless innings in New York's 2-1, 12-inning win over the Rockies...Had his 6.2 scoreless innings streak snapped on May 29th at San Francisco, but earned the win when New York rallied to win, 5-4, in 12 innings...Allowed one run in 10.1 innings (0.87 ERA) from May 14th-June 7th...Pitched in 14 games in April...Before Smith, no Mets rookie had even pitched 10 games in April...The last Mets rookie to pitch in 14 games in any month was Heath Bell in May, 2005...The Mets rookie record is 15 games held by Jeff Reardon in September, 1979 and Roger McDowell in September, 1985...Stranded the bases loaded on April 21st vs. Atlanta and also on April 11th vs. Philadelphia...Made his major league debut with 0.1 scoreless inning on April 1st at St. Louis...Struck out Preston Wilson for his first major league strikeout...Named the John J. Murphy Award winner for the most impressive spring by a first-year invitee.
Began his professional career with Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League by allowing two runs, one earned in 1.0 inning of work against the Staten Island Yankees on June 21...Did not allow a run over his last 16 outings with the Cyclones (19.0 innings)...Over that stretch, he gave up eight hits with three walks and 26 strikeouts...Opponents hit .141 (10-71) against him...Led the team with nine saves...Promoted to Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League on Aug. 1...Went 3.0 innings for the first time in his career, Aug. 12 vs. Bowie...Gave up no runs on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts...Named one of the top 20 prospects in the New York-Penn League by Baseball America.
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