11. Pat Hentgen – 2002
The former fifth-round pick in 1986 by the Toronto Blue Jays, Pat Hentgen is most well known for his 1996 season that saw him post a 20-10 record that led to him being the first pitcher in franchise history to win the Cy Young Award. Hentgen was instrumental in the 1993 World Series when he pitched six innings of one-run ball in Game 3 that helped the club take a 2-1 series lead over the Phillies. Hentgen would pitch ten seasons with the big-league club that included seven seasons of double-digit win totals and three All-Star appearances.
At the end of the 1999 season in a very confusing and baffling move, GM Gord Ash traded both Hentgen and Paul Spoljaric to the St. Louis Cardinals for spare parts.
Due to injuries, Blue Jays fans would have to wait for 2002 to see Hentgen back in Toronto when he was starting for the Baltimore Orioles. It was late September and the right-hander was making just his fourth start of the season as he was dealing with injuries again.
Hentgen was able to get through six innings, however, he quickly learned the dangers of Carlos Delgado’s bat, as he got on base all three times against his former teammate and went 2 for 2 with a walk, double, and a home run. Hentgen would collect his fourth consecutive loss to finish out his season.
Pitching Line: 6IP | 8H |5R | 5ER |1BB |1K |1HR