Jason Motte may become the first Cardinals pitcher since the 19th century to record all of the team’s saves in one season.
Motte has earned all 33 of the Cardinals’ saves this 2012 season.
The last pitcher other than Motte to record a save for St. Louis was Octavio Dotel, who retired the only batter he faced, in a 4-3 Cardinals victory over the Phillies on Sept. 19, 2011. Boxscore
Since the save rule officially was adopted by the major leagues for the 1969 season, no Cardinals team has had one pitcher account for all of its saves in one year.
Researchers, such as those at retrosheet.org, retroactively have calculated saves before 1969. The last Cardinals pitcher to record all of the team’s saves in one season was the estimable Cy Young, with one in 1899, a search of yearly team statistics shows.
The last time a Cardinals team came closest to having one pitcher account for all of its single-season saves was in 1995. That year, Tom Henke, in his last big-league season, had 36 saves and rookie T. J. Mathews had two.
Posted: September 08, 2012 at 11:49 AM | 4 comment(s)
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