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Steven Wright | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/30/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 216
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Hawaii
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (0) / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Steven Wright gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Tigers.
Wright has admitted to some issues with the heat, as sweaty hands make it difficult for him to get a proper grip on his knuckler. That was probably an issue tonight, with a game-time temperature of 92 degrees at Fenway. Wright tossed a gem last time out against the Twins, but he has a 6.37 ERA in five starts this month. Jul 26 - 11:19 PM

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Steven Wright showed some pre-break form Tuesday, striking out nine while allowing two runs -- one earned -- over eight innings in a win over the Twins.

Wright had been regressing toward the mean in his past four starts, but the knuckleballer was able to keep the Twins off-guard for most of the night Tuesday. He allowed just four hits and a walk, lowering his ERA to 2.67 with a 1.15 WHIP in 19 starts overall. Wright will take a 12-5 record into Tuesday's contest against the Tigers.
Jul 21 - 10:01 PM

Steven Wright yielded three runs over six innings Friday in a 5-3 win over the Yankees.

Wright was perfect until an infield single from Alex Rodriguez with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. He lost command of the knuckleball in the sixth inning and gave up three runs in the process, but managed to get out of the inning to end his night. Wright’s ERA has jumped from 2.01 to 2.78 over the span of his last four starts, so he’s now behind Danny Salazar (2.75 ERA) for the league-lead.
Jul 15 - 10:23 PM

All-Star Steven Wright won despite allowing six runs -- five earned -- in six-plus innings Wednesday against the Rangers.

Wright allowed one run through five before giving up two in the sixth and three without retiring a batter in the seventh. He'll head to San Diego, as one of the first half's best stories, with a 10-5 record and a 2.68 ERA.
Jul 7 - 12:31 AM

Steven Wright surrendered four runs in five-plus innings in a win over the Angels on Friday.

Wright blanked the Angels over the first five innings before he loaded the bases in the sixth and gave up a grand slam to C.J. Cron through the raindrops. We’ve now seen on multiple occasions that rain and Wright don't work well together. The knuckleballer walked three and struck out three and saw his ERA increase from 2.18 to 2.42 on the year. He’s now behind Cleveland’s Danny Salazar for the AL ERA lead.
Jul 2 - 12:58 AM

Steven Wright got smacked around for eight runs (only three were earned) on seven hits during his 4 2/3 innings of work in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

Wright didn't pitch as badly as it seems. The Red Sox' defense let him down multiple times. The home run Wright gave up to Ian Desmond today was only the fifth one the knuckleballer has allowed this season, which is a huge reason why he has a league-leading 2.18 ERA after 15 starts. Now 8-5, Wright draws a favorable matchup with the Angels on Friday.
Jun 26 - 1:18 AM

Steven Wright allowed only an unearned run over nine innings of work but didn't factor in the decision Monday against the White Sox.

Wright scattered five hits and three walks while striking out six on the night. On any other night he would have likely had his fourth complete game of the season, but he settled for lowering his ERA to a microscopic 2.01 with a 1.10 WHIP in 14 starts. The knuckleball is a fickle mistress, but it has treated Wright very well thus far this year. He'll attempt to keep the ball dancing Saturday against the Rangers.
Jun 20 - 11:26 PM

Steven Wright pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed three runs in defeating the Orioles on Wednesday.

Gausman was charged with a run after exiting in the eighth, taking away his American League ERA lead. He's at 2.22 now, putting him just behind Danny Salazar at 2.19. Tonight's start was the sixth of the year in which he's pitched into the eighth inning, saving the Boston bullpen.
Jun 15 - 10:44 PM

Steven Wright delivered yet another outstanding outing on Friday, firing 7 1/3 shutout frames in a victory over the Twins.

Wright punched out six on the night while allowing seven hits and a pair of walks. He has been one of the biggest surprises in the first half of the season, compiling a 7-4 record, 2.09 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 70/33 K/BB ratio over 82 innings. He'll look to keep the magic going and the knuckleball dancing when he takes on the Orioles at home on Wednesday.
Jun 11 - 12:17 AM

Steven Wright allowed two runs in a complete-game 9-2 victory over the Orioles on Monday.

It was his third complete game of the season, which ties him with Chris Sale, Clayton Kershaw, and Johnny Cueto for the MLB lead. Not a bad group. He threw a career-high 122 pitches to go the distance. The knuckleballer walked five and struck out seven. Wright gave up just four hits, including three of them in a two-run fifth inning. However, he bounced back from there by retiring 13 out of the final 15 batters he faced. Wright has now thrown seven innings or more in four out of his last five starts. He’ll bring a surprising 2.45 ERA into a start against the Blue Jays at home this weekend.
May 30 - 4:51 PM

Steven Wright yielded three runs -- two earned -- in seven innings to defeat the Rockies on Wednesday.

Wright worked around three wild pitches and four passed balls from Ryan Hanigan to turn in his eighth quality start in nine tries. The Red Sox are just 4-5 when he pitches, since they've mostly been saving their outbursts for their other starters. His ERA stands at 2.52.
May 25 - 11:00 PM

Steven Wright came away with a tough-luck loss against the Royals on Wednesday, surrendering just three runs on five hits in an eight-inning complete game.

The rubber-armed Wright struck out six while walking just one. A sixth-inning sacrifice fly surrendered to Lorenzo Cain would snap a 2-2 tie and serve as the deciding run. Wright has allowed two or fewer runs in six of his eight starts and will carry a strong 2.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP into his next scheduled start, a home start against the Rockies in what could be a slugfest of a series.
May 18 - 4:50 PM

Steven Wright finally turned in a dud Friday against the Astros, allowing a season-high five runs over 4 1/3 innings.

Wright held the Astros to one run over the first four innings before things fell apart for him in the fifth. He had allowed just seven earned runs combined through his first six starts while going at least six innings in all of them. We can probably give him a bit of a mulligan for this one, especially with the rain in Boston on Friday. He’ll attempt to rebound next week against the Royals.
May 13 - 11:56 PM

Steven Wright was masterful in Sunday's victory over the Yankees, logging his first career complete game and coming within one out of hurling his first shutout.

Wright surrendered a solo homer to Brett Gardner with two outs in the ninth inning. He finished the night allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out seven over his nine innings of work. Now 2-3 on the season, he'll carry a sparkling 1.54 ERA and 1.00 WHIP into Friday's start against the Astros. At this point, he should be owned and started in all mixed leagues.
May 8 - 10:42 PM

Steven Wright allowed two runs over six innings in a loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.

Wright allowed only three hits, but three of his four walks on the evening came in the third inning, leading to a run that ended up being the difference. Wright has been very good through five starts, turning in a quality start in each and not allowing more than two runs in any start. Despite his 1.67 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, he's 2-3 overall. He'll look to pull his record even when they take on the hated Yankees on Sunday.
May 3 - 11:49 PM

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