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Saturday, September 08, 2012

Retro Simba: Will Jason Motte run table on Cardinals saves in 2012?

You can’t spell Jason Motte without Stat En Mojo!

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, 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.

Repoz Posted: September 08, 2012 at 11:49 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: September 08, 2012 at 12:04 PM (#4230177)
What a difference from last year, when eight different Cardinals recorded saves (anyone know the record?).

Once Ryan Franklin imploded, it was all hands on deck.
   2. Sleepy Self-Identifies as a Flying Monkey Posted: September 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4230368)
What a difference from last year, when eight different Cardinals recorded saves (anyone know the record?).

The 1973 Rangers and 1959 and 1961 kansas city athletics had 12 pitchers earn a save. Nine teams have had 11, 31 have had 10, and 88 teams with 9. No one has had 10 or more since 1979. Interestingly, the 2009 STL cardinals had 9, as did the 2003 and 1999 variants.

   3. Sleepy Self-Identifies as a Flying Monkey Posted: September 08, 2012 at 08:51 PM (#4230527)
Going the other direction, only 14 teams have ever only had just one player get a save (including the 2012 cardinals, to date).

Notably, the 1918 Boston Braves did even better than that- they didn't have a single player earn what would become a save ;) 51 of their 53 wins were complete games by the starter, and the other two were when the starter was lifted after 3 innings on 3 days rest, coming off a 13 IP CG loss, and an extra innings win in August.
   4. JJ1986 Posted: September 21, 2012 at 06:08 PM (#4242590)
Cards tried to get a save with Fernando Salas today, but the Curse of Jason Motte would not allow it.

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