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Highest WHIP, 45+ saves

Posted by Andy on August 25, 2008

While nobody can deny that Francisco Rodriguez is having a great season, it's interesting to note that he's never been as dominant, at least in terms of WHIP, as the typical closer who racks up 45 or more saves.

Here's the complete list of 46 pitchers to reach 45 saves in a season (which already includes K-Rod this year, but nobody else from 2008 since nobody else has more than 35 saves at the moment.) Currently, Rodriguez has the 6th-worst WHIP for such a season, and his two previous 45-save seaons (2004 and 2005) come in at #13 and #17. Dennis Eckersely in 1990 (0.61 ERA AND 0.61 WHIP...wow!) he's not.

  Cnt Player             **WHIP** SV Year Age Tm  Lg  G   GS CG SHO GF  W  L  W-L%   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF   AB  2B 3B IBB HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS Pk BK WP   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  OPS+  Pit  Str
+----+-----------------+---------+--+----+---+---+--+---+---+--+---+--+--+--+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+----+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+----+----+
    1 Antonio Alfonseca   1.514   45 2000  28 FLA NL  68   0  0   0 62  5  6  .455  70    82  35  33  24  47   4.24  104  7  311  282 13  2   3   1   3   1  10   2  0  0  2  0  .291  .347  .426  .773  105 1074  731
    2 Joe Borowski        1.431   45 2007  36 CLE AL  69   0  0   0 58  4  5  .444  65.2  77  39  37  17  58   5.07   91  9  292  266 12  0   4   2   3   4   1   9  2  1  0  2  .289  .332  .436  .768   98 1179  761
    3 Jose Mesa           1.374   45 2002  36 PHI NL  74   0  0   0 64  4  6  .400  75.2  65  26  25  39  64   2.97  130  5  331  281 15  0   7   4   6   1   6   2  0  0  0  9  .231  .332  .338  .670   86 1265  789
    4 Rod Beck            1.320   51 1998  29 CHC NL  81   0  0   0 70  3  4  .429  80.1  86  33  27  20  81   3.02  144 11  349  320 14  3   4   2   2   5   3   8  1  0  0  2  .269  .311  .434  .745   97
    5 Francisco Cordero   1.284   49 2004  29 TEX AL  67   0  0   0 63  3  4  .429  71.2  60  19  17  32  79   2.13  237  1  304  265 12  0   2   1   5   1   4   5  2  2  2  3  .226  .311  .283  .594   51 1285  827
    6 Francisco Rodrigu   1.270   49 2008  26 LAA AL  60   0  0   0 54  2  2  .500  54.1  40  18  16  29  60   2.65  162  4  228  198 12  0   4   0   1   0   3   6  0  0  0  6  .202  .304  .323  .627   67  942  556
    7 Bob Wickman         1.258   45 2005  36 CLE AL  64   0  0   0 55  0  4  .000  62    57  17  17  21  41   2.47  170  9  257  231  8  0   3   1   2   2  11  11  0  0  1  0  .247  .310  .398  .708   90  933  582
    8 Mike Williams       1.223   46 2002  32 PIT NL  59   0  0   0 59  2  6  .250  61.1  54  24  20  21  43   2.93  144  6  258  232  8  1   3   1   4   0   3   6  0  0  0  2  .233  .299  .353  .652   74  975  601
    9 Randy Myers         1.208   53 1993  30 CHC NL  73   0  0   0 69  2  4  .333  75.1  65  26  26  26  86   3.11  128  7  313  283 15  1   2   1   1   2   8   1  1  0  0  3  .230  .295  .364  .659   83
   10 Randy Myers         1.156   45 1997  34 BAL AL  61   0  0   0 57  2  3  .400  59.2  47  12  10  22  56   1.51  291  2  241  217  7  1   2   0   2   0   6   0  1  2  0  3  .217  .289  .286  .575   53
   11 Lee Smith           1.155   46 1993  35 TOT ML  63   0  0   0 56  2  4  .333  58    53  25  25  14  60   3.88  103 11  239  222  9  3   2   0   0   3   1  12  2  0  0  1  .239  .280  .455  .735  101
   12 Dave Righetti       1.153   46 1986  27 NYY AL  74   0  0   0 68  8  8  .500 106.2  88  31  29  35  83   2.45  168  4  435  389 15  0   7   2   5   4  13   4  3  0  0  1  .226  .291  .296  .587   60
   13 Francisco Rodrigu   1.144   45 2005  23 LAA AL  66   0  0   0 58  2  5  .286  67.1  45  20  20  32  91   2.67  158  7  279  245  7  2   3   0   1   1   1   2  0  0  0  8  .184  .277  .314  .591   59 1107  677
   14 Lee Smith           1.137   47 1991  33 STL NL  67   0  0   0 61  6  3  .667  73    70  19  19  13  67   2.34  157  5  300  281  8  3   5   0   5   1   3  10  2  0  0  1  .249  .281  .352  .633   82
   15 Jose Valverde       1.119   47 2007  27 ARI NL  65   0  0   0 59  1  4  .200  64.1  46  21  19  26  78   2.66  177  7  265  235  8  1   1   3   0   1   5   4  2  0  0  1  .196  .283  .328  .611   58 1065  701
   16 Jeff Shaw           1.106   48 1998  31 TOT NL  73   0  0   0 69  3  8  .273  85    75  22  20  19  55   2.12  198  8  339  312  8  0   5   1   5   2  10   7  0  1  0  0  .240  .284  .343  .627   69
   17 Francisco Rodrigu   1.096   47 2006  24 LAA AL  69   0  0   0 58  2  3  .400  73    52  16  14  28  98   1.73  264  6  296  264 18  0   5   1   3   0   4   2  1  1  0 10  .197  .276  .333  .609   57 1209  769
   18 Mariano Rivera      1.081   53 2004  34 NYY AL  74   0  0   0 69  4  2  .667  78.2  65  17  17  20  66   1.94  231  3  316  289  7  0   3   5   2   0  11   5  1  0  0  0  .225  .287  .280  .567   50 1141  781
   19 Bruce Sutter        1.076   45 1984  31 STL NL  71   0  0   0 63  5  7  .417 122.2 109  26  21  23  77   1.54  229  9  477  445 15  1   4   1   4   4  18   9  3  0  0  2  .245  .281  .344  .625   82
   20 Eddie Guardado      1.049   45 2002  31 MIN AL  68   0  0   0 62  1  3  .250  67.2  53  22  22  18  70   2.93  153  9  270  247 11  0   2   1   2   2   3   4  2  2  0  0  .215  .269  .368  .637   67 1052  735
   21 Bobby Thigpen       1.038   57 1990  26 CHW AL  77   0  0   0 73  4  6  .400  88.2  60  20  18  32  70   1.83  210  5  347  307  8  2   3   1   4   3  12   3  0  0  0  2  .195  .271  .283  .554   56
   22 Jason Isringhause   1.035   47 2004  31 STL NL  74   0  0   0 66  4  2  .667  75.1  55  27  24  23  71   2.87  149  5  308  276 16  1   4   2   6   1   1   1  0  0  0  1  .199  .265  .319  .584   53 1177  734
   23 John Smoltz         1.033   55 2002  35 ATL NL  75   0  0   0 68  3  2  .600  80.1  59  30  29  24  85   3.25  128  4  314  287 12  2   1   0   2   1   9   2  1  0  1  1  .206  .266  .303  .569   52 1169  793
   24 Duane Ward          1.033   45 1993  29 TOR AL  71   0  0   0 70  2  3  .400  71.2  49  17  17  25  97   2.13  203  4  282  254  6  0   2   1   0   2   7   3  0  0  0  7  .193  .266  .264  .530   43
   25 Jose Mesa           1.031   46 1995  29 CLE AL  62   0  0   0 57  3  0 1.000  64    49   9   8  17  58   1.12  415  3  250  227  4  0   2   0   4   2   8   3  1  0  0  5  .216  .268  .273  .541   40
+----+-----------------+---------+--+----+---+---+--+---+---+--+---+--+--+--+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+----+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+----+----+
  Cnt Player             **WHIP** SV Year Age Tm  Lg  G   GS CG SHO GF  W  L  W-L%   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF   AB  2B 3B IBB HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS Pk BK WP   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  OPS+  Pit  Str
+----+-----------------+---------+--+----+---+---+--+---+---+--+---+--+--+--+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+----+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+----+----+
   26 Robb Nen            1.030   45 2001  31 SFG NL  79   0  0   0 71  4  5  .444  77.2  58  28  26  22  93   3.01  133  6  312  286  8  2   6   1   0   3   3  17  1  0  0  2  .203  .260  .308  .568   55 1173  801
   27 Tom Gordon          1.008   46 1998  30 BOS AL  73   0  0   0 69  7  4  .636  79.1  55  24  24  25  78   2.72  173  2  317  288  8  1   1   0   2   2   4   7  0  0  0  9  .191  .254  .247  .501   30
   28 Jeff Montgomery     1.008   45 1993  31 KCR AL  69   0  0   0 63  7  5  .583  87.1  65  22  22  23  66   2.27  203  3  347  316 14  2   4   2   5   1   3   7  1  0  0  3  .206  .263  .291  .554   45
   29 Chad Cordero        0.969   47 2005  23 WSN NL  74   0  0   0 62  2  4  .333  74.1  55  24  15  17  61   1.82  224  9  300  278  3  0   2   2   2   1   3   1  2  0  0  0  .198  .248  .306  .554   52 1206  805
   30 Trevor Hoffman      0.968   46 2006  38 SDP NL  65   0  0   0 50  0  2  .000  63    48  16  15  13  50   2.14  189  6  248  234  8  0   1   1   0   0   5   2  0  0  0  2  .205  .250  .316  .566   55  922  629
   31 Dan Quisenberry     0.928   45 1983  30 KCR AL  69   0  0   0 62  5  3  .625 139   118  35  30  11  48   1.94  210  6  536  515 18  4   2   0   6   4  19   3  1  1  0  0  .229  .243  .315  .558   52
   32 Dennis Eckersley    0.913   51 1992  37 OAK AL  69   0  0   0 65  7  1  .875  80    62  17  17  11  93   1.91  196  5  309  294 11  1   6   1   3   0   3   9  1  0  0  0  .211  .242  .306  .548   57
   33 Eric Gagne          0.911   45 2004  28 LAD NL  70   0  0   0 59  7  3  .700  82.1  53  24  20  22 114   2.19  187  5  326  293  9  0   3   5   4   2   2   0  0  0  0  2  .181  .248  .263  .511   39 1264  867
   34 Mariano Rivera      0.905   50 2001  31 NYY AL  71   0  0   0 66  4  6  .400  80.2  61  24  21  12  83   2.34  191  5  310  292  4  0   2   1   4   1   5   3  3  0  0  1  .209  .242  .274  .516   34 1160  836
   35 Kazuhiro Sasaki     0.885   45 2001  33 SEA AL  69   0  0   0 63  0  4  .000  66.2  48  24  24  11  62   3.24  129  6  261  246 16  1   2   4   0   0   4   3  0  0  0  4  .195  .241  .341  .582   56  987  669
   36 Mariano Rivera      0.884   45 1999  29 NYY AL  66   0  0   0 63  4  3  .571  69    43  15  14  18  52   1.83  259  2  268  245  7  1   3   3   0   2   5   4  0  0  1  2  .176  .239  .237  .476   24
   37 Rod Beck            0.882   48 1993  24 SFG NL  76   0  0   0 71  3  1  .750  79.1  57  20  19  13  86   2.16  180 11  309  284  5  0   4   3   6   3   3   1  0  0  0  4  .201  .241  .335  .576   58
   38 John Smoltz         0.870   45 2003  36 ATL NL  62   0  0   0 55  0  2  .000  64.1  48   9   8   8  73   1.12  383  2  244  235 12  0   1   0   0   1   6   1  1  0  0  2  .204  .230  .281  .511   36  893  648
   39 Dennis Eckersley    0.867   45 1988  33 OAK AL  60   0  0   0 53  4  2  .667  72.2  52  20  19  11  70   2.35  162  5  279  263  4  0   2   1   1   3   3   3  1  0  2  0  .198  .230  .270  .500   42
   40 Bryan Harvey        0.864   46 1991  28 CAL AL  67   0  0   0 63  2  4  .333  78.2  51  20  14  17 101   1.60  256  6  309  286  7  0   3   1   3   2   3  12  0  0  2  2  .178  .225  .266  .491   36
   41 Eric Gagne          0.862   52 2002  26 LAD NL  77   0  0   0 68  4  1  .800  82.1  55  18  18  16 114   1.97  192  6  314  291 11  2   4   2   3   2   4   2  3  0  0  1  .189  .235  .302  .537   49 1235  864
   42 Trevor Hoffman      0.849   53 1998  30 SDP NL  66   0  0   0 61  4  2  .667  73    41  12  12  21  86   1.48  263  2  274  249  6  2   2   1   3   0   7   7  0  0  0  8  .165  .232  .229  .461   30
   43 Bryan Harvey        0.841   45 1993  30 FLA NL  59   0  0   0 54  1  5  .167  69    45  14  13  13  73   1.70  253  4  264  242  1  0   2   0   3   6   3  15  0  0  1  0  .186  .222  .240  .462   25
   44 Armando Benitez     0.818   47 2004  31 FLA NL  64   0  0   0 59  2  2  .500  69.2  36  11  10  21  62   1.29  317  6  262  237  7  0   4   0   3   1   3   9  0  0  0  0  .152  .220  .257  .477   29 1032  696
   45 Eric Gagne          0.692   55 2003  27 LAD NL  77   0  0   0 67  2  3  .400  82.1  37  12  11  20 137   1.20  335  2  306  279  6  0   2   3   4   0   0   2  1  0  0  2  .133  .199  .176  .375    4 1187  824
   46 Dennis Eckersley    0.614   48 1990  35 OAK AL  63   0  0   0 61  4  2  .667  73.1  41   9   5   4  73   0.61  606  2  262  257  9  1   1   0   0   1   3   1  2  0  0  0  .160  .172  .226  .398   13          

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6 Responses to “Highest WHIP, 45+ saves”

  1. spartanbill Says:

    His so-so WHIP is largely the result of Walks, he has allowed more BB/9 than anyone else on this list. His OBA is about the median of this elite group.

    I don't have time to cont everyone's blown saves, but he has only appeared in 11 games where he has NOT gotten a save. The next lowest total on the list is 13. Granted I am comaprig his season-to-date with complete seasons, but stillhe should finish with one of the lowest totals.

    By and large, the walks haven't come back to bite him in the a$$ like one would expect.

    --Yet

  2. One player with only 13 non-save games was Mike Williams in 2002. He alone on the list finished every game he entered - 46 saves, 2 wins, 6 losses out of 59 appearances. In the 5 games he didn't get a W, L or S,
    he came in with a 4-run lead 3 times and Pittsburgh was way behind in the other two. In those two games the Pirates had 5 game losing streaks going in, so I guess he just needed the work.

  3. savoyspecial Says:

    And the man that K-Rod is chasing, Mr. Thigpen is in the middle of the pack.

    If I remember correctly, Thigpen blew 8 or 9 save opportunities, which worked out to a rather modest save rate. I wish BBref would add blown save data so we could compare closers in that regard too. No matter how many saves K-Rod ends up with this season, his overall performance will probably not be regarded as one of the more dominating seasons by a closer by most objective measures.

  4. spartanbill Says:

    Thigpen blew 8 saves. He was 3-4 in those games and the Sox were 4-4. Did you know Blwon Saves are in the B-R Game Log so you can retrieve that data manually. I too wish it was tabulated as a regular stat. K-Rod has 5 BS to this point, 1 of them he vultured a W out of, and 2 he lost. The rest went into extras where the Angels were 1-1.

    One big difference is that the Sox were 65-12 in the games Thigpen pitched in. The Angels are 50-5. The difference might be attribitab;e to the Angels being in so many close games, Sciosia doesnt see a need to throw a garbage time IP at K-Rod to keep him sharp.

  5. As an Angel fan, I'm worried by the numbers that the top five guys on this list put up the year after their 45+ season. Outside of Cordero, they all lost significant production, most notably Beck and Borowski, whose following seasons could only be described as pathetic. (Even Cordero experienced a somewhat of a drop-off.)

    Just one more reason the Angels absolutely cannot afford to re-sign Francisco after this season, literally and figuratively.

  6. AMusingFool Says:

    I was a little surprised that Roberto Hernandez wasn't near the top of this list, but checking his stats showed that he topped out at 43 saves (in '99). He would have been third on this list for WHIP, with 1.377 that season, if he'd made it.