Lucas pitched for eight seasons in the majors, breaking in with the San Diego Padres in 1980 and finishing with the California Angels in 1987. He compiled a 29-44 record with 63 saves and a 3.01 ERA. Lucas only made 18 starts in his career and all of them came in his rookie season. By his second year, he was the Padres’ closer, saving 13 games in 1981 while leading the National League in games pitched (57). His best year came in 1983 when he saved 17 games for San Diego to go along with five wins and a 2.87 ERA. The Padres dealt him to the Montreal Expos after the 1983 season and he stayed there for two years before joining the Angels for the final two years of his career.
Lucas was with the Expos on April 19, 1984, the day Pete Rose doubled off New York Met Jerry Koosman for what would be the 4,000th hit of his career. Lucas recorded the last out of the game for Montreal,
Following his playing career, Lucas served as a minor league pitching coach for the Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers.
Gary Lucas – career stats