Belisle with the Colorado Rockies
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 37
June 6, 1980 |
|September 7, 2003 for the Cincinnati Reds|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||4.41|
Matthew Thomas Belisle (beh-LYLE; born Friday, June 6, 1980) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies.
He was born in Austin, Texas and attended St. Andrew's Episcopal School through middle school. He attended McCallum High School and was drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft.
Belisle began his professional career in 1999, pitching for the Rookie level Danville Braves. He was promoted to the Single-A Macon Braves to begin the 2000 season; in 15 starts, he had a 2.38 ERA and a WHIP under 1. This was good enough to get Belisle a promotion to Single-A Advanced Myrtle Beach where he had a 3.43 ERA in 12 starts. He spent all of 2002 and most of 2003 with the Double-A Greenville Braves before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds for veteran relief pitcher Kent Mercker as the PTBNL on August 14, 2003.
Belisle was assigned to Triple-A Louisville and was called up to the majors on September 7, 2003, making his debut that same day. In his debut, he pitched 2 innings, giving up a solo home run and walking one. In 6 relief appearances, he had a 1-1 record and a 5.20 ERA. Belisle did not play in the majors in 2004. He spent the entire year in Triple-A and struggled with a 9-11 record and a 5.26 ERA in 28 starts.
In 2005, Belisle spent the entire year in the majors, mostly pitching out of the bullpen. He made 5 starts and 55 relief appearances with an ERA of 4.41. He went 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 40 innings in 2006, but missed a big chunk of the season with a back injury. In 2007, in a career-high 30 starts for the Reds, Belisle went 8-9 with a 5.32 ERA after winning the number five spot in the starting rotation, after being mostly a reliever the past two years. In 2008, he struggled in 6 starts with a 1-4 record and 7.28 ERA before being sent down to Triple-A and being reconverted into a relief pitcher.
Belisle enjoyed the best season of his career with the Rockies in 2010, mostly as a setup pitcher, posting an 7-5 record, 2.93 ERA, 91 K in 92 innings of work. He led all big league relievers with his 92 innings pitched.
In January 2011, he avoided salary arbitration with Colorado by signing a 1-year deal worth $2.35 million. The Rockies signed Belisle to a new two-year deal worth $6.125 million a month later that overwrote his prior deal, and also got him under contract an extra year before hitting free agency. In addition, it included an incentive in which he would earn an additional $225,000 in bonuses based on games finished. He proceeded to compile a 10-4 record with a 3.25 ERA and 58 Ks in 72 IP.
Before the 2012 season, he agreed to a two-year extension (which added a $4.1 million salary for 2013 and included a mutual option for 2014) at a minimum of $4.35 million. He went on to pitch to a 3.71 earned run average with a 3-9 record as well as 69 strikeouts in 80 innings.
The 33 year-old Belisle came into 2013 being considered as one of the Rockies' more reliable relievers. He compile a record of 5-7 with a 4.32 ERA in 72 games.
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