Guzman pitched for eight years in the majors, going 80-74 with a 4.05 ERA while playing for the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs between 1985 and 1994. Guzman posted double-digit wins for five straight seasons, starting with a 14-win campaign for the Rangers in 1987. He had what was arguably his career year in 1992 with Texas when he won 16 games and struck out 179 hitters, both career highs.
Guzman signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs prior to the 1993 season. He made his debut with the team on April 6, 1993, at Wrigley Field against future Hall of Famer John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves. Guzman out-pitched Smoltz that day, throwing a complete game, one-hitter. He struck out seven to lead his new team to a 1-0 win. The Braves only hit came with two outs in the top of the ninth inning when Otis Nixon singled. The only run of the game came in the bottom of the first inning, when Mark Grace singled in Rey Sanchez.
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Jose Guzman – career stats