Game 146, Mariners at Angels
RRS vs Saunders.
For all of the hoopla around K-Rod and his record for most vulture saves in a year, it’s not actually that great of a season, even for him. I thought about this: how would the two highest Mariner save seasons compare:
Putz 2007: 40 saves in 68 appearances, 10.3 K/9, 1.63 BB/9, 0.75 HR/9
Sasaki 2001: 45 saves in 69 appearances, 8.37 K/9, 1.49 BB/9, 0.81 HR/9
K-Rod 2008: 57 saves in 69 appearances, 10.2 K/9, 4.41 BB/9, .57 HR/9
The thing is, you can’t really do the same thing with Putz as K-Rod this year: the 2007 M’s went 88-74, and of those, you can tell they’re just not as close: 47 were one-run games, while 53 were blowouts (5 or more runs in either directions). 29% close, 33% blowout.
For the Angels this year with 146 games in the book, they’re running a much tighter distribution you can see even just looking at the outliers: 48 have been one run games (33%) and 37 (25%) blowouts.
I’m curious, though — I don’t have time to look at this right now, but if you went through all the game logs and looked for situations where McLaren could have found vulture saves for Putz, how high could you get his season total?