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10 starts and 10 saves in a season

Posted by Andy on October 30, 2008

A reader on my 88 Topps Cards blog noted that Bob Stanley had 17 starts and 14 saves in 1980 and wondered how many other players have had similar seasons. Here are the most reason seasons with at least 10 starts and 10 saves:

  Cnt Player            Year  GS SV Age Tm  Lg  G  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 Dustin Hermanson  2004  18 17  31 SFG NL  47  0   0 26  6  9  .400 131   132  71  66  46 102   4.53   96 15  565  504 29  4   5   3   5   7   8   5  2  1  0  4  .262  .323  .425  .748   96 2098 1296
    2 Byung-Hyun Kim    2003  12 16  24 TOT ML  56  0   0 35  9 10  .474 122.1 104  55  45  33 102   3.31  141 12  517  464 18  0   3  12   6   2   6  15  1  0  0  1  .224  .292  .341  .633   63 1950 1308
    3 Octavio Dotel     2000  16 16  26 HOU NL  50  0   0 25  3  7  .300 125   127  80  75  61 142   5.40   92 26  563  480 27  2   3   7   7   8   5  17  3  4  0  6  .265  .351  .492  .843  109 2229 1407
    4 Tim Wakefield     1999  17 15  32 BOS AL  49  0   0 28  6 11  .353 140   146  93  79  72 104   5.08   99 19  635  548 30  2   2   5   1   8   9  35  6  0  0  1  .266  .352  .432  .784   96
    5 Tom Gordon        1997  25 11  29 BOS AL  42  2   1 16  6 10  .375 182.2 155  85  76  78 159   3.74  125 10  774  686 30  2   1   3   3   4  14  20  7  1  0  5  .226  .306  .319  .625   63
    6 Anthony Young     1992  13 15  26 NYM NL  52  1   0 26  2 14  .125 121   134  66  56  31  64   4.17   83  8  517  470 23  9   5   1  11   4  10  10  6  1  1  3  .285  .328  .423  .751  118
    7 Scott Garrelts    1986  18 10  24 SFG NL  53  2   0 27 13  9  .591 173.2 144  65  60  74 125   3.11  114 17  717  624 20  2  11   2  10   7  20  28  6  1  1  9  .231  .311  .351  .662   92
    8 Bob Stanley       1980  17 14  25 BOS AL  52  5   1 25 10  8  .556 175   186  75  66  52  71   3.39  125 11  737  668 20  8   8   7   5   5  32  13  7  1  0  1  .278  .335  .382  .717   91
    9 Tom Hume          1979  12 17  26 CIN NL  57  2   0 33 10  9  .526 163   162  54  50  33  80   2.76  137 12  669  618 33  4   9   0   9   9  17   6  2  0  0  2  .262  .295  .387  .682   89
   10 Don Stanhouse     1977  16 10  26 MON NL  47  1   1 17 10 10  .500 158.1 147  72  60  84  89   3.41  111 12  689  586 28  1   9   4  10   5  19  15  6  0  0  4  .251  .346  .363  .709   98
   11 Terry Forster     1973  12 16  21 CHW AL  51  4   0 29  6 11  .353 172.2 174  69  62  78 120   3.23  124  7  744  655 21  0   6   0   7   5  22  14  5  0  1  6  .266  .341  .330  .671   86
   12 Mike Caldwell     1973  13 10  24 SDP NL  55  3   1 27  5 14  .263 149   146  77  62  53  86   3.74   92  8  632  561 25  4  10   2  14   2  18   2  5  2  0 10  .260  .325  .362  .687  103
   13 Bart Johnson      1971  16 14  21 CHW AL  53  4   0 24 12 10  .545 178   148  67  58 111 153   2.93  123  9  784  652 29  3   6   6  10   5  13  16  7  0  0 11  .227  .342  .322  .664   92
   14 Stan Williams     1969  15 12  32 CLE AL  61  3   0 26  6 14  .300 178.1 155  86  78  67 139   3.94   95 25  754  661 26  0   6  12   4  11  17   8  2  0  0  4  .234  .312  .387  .699   99
   15 Vicente Romo      1969  11 11  26 TOT AL  55  4   1 27  8 10  .444 135.1 123  54  47  53  96   3.13  123 14  569  499 23  2   7   1  12   4  12   8  5  0  1  5  .246  .318  .385  .703   95
   16 Jack Hamilton     1966  13 13  27 NYM NL  57  3   1 29  6 13  .316 148.2 138  89  65  88  93   3.93   92 13  662  555 18  3   4   5   9   4  15  11  7  1  0 18  .249  .354  .362  .716  108
   17 Bob Shaw          1963  16 13  30 MLN NL  48  3   3 27  7 11  .389 159   144  51  47  55 105   2.66  121 10  664  592 16  3  12   4   9   4  17   5  7  0  8  6  .243  .310  .331  .641   87
   18 Johnny Antonelli  1960  10 11  30 SFG NL  41  1   1 19  6  7  .462 112.1 106  51  47  47  57   3.77   93  7  480  420 21  7  10   2   4   7  10   3  3  3  0  1  .252  .326  .386  .712  106
   19 Brooks Lawrence   1959  14 10  34 CIN NL  43  3   0 22  7 12  .368 128.1 144  74  68  45  64   4.77   85 17  564  512 29  3   9   4   2   1  15   4  8  0  0  4  .281  .343  .449  .792  114
   20 Ray Narleski      1957  15 16  28 CLE AL  46  7   1 24 11  5  .688 154.1 136  65  53  70  93   3.09  121 14  662  586 13  3   6   4   5   5   9   3  2  0  0  1  .232  .316  .336  .652   85

These are, for the most part, guys converted mid-season from starter to closer or vice versa.

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6 Responses to “10 starts and 10 saves in a season”

  1. Great stuff Andy. Did you notice these guys had a combined 'winning' % of .410 with the best of the
    worst being Anthony Young @ 2-14 for a robust .125!

  2. On a related note, I have identified eighteen pitchers who led their team in both wins and saves in the same season. That's more than I would have expected before I did the research (and there may be more still ... I just wanted to get a sense of how common it is.)

    But here's the trivia question for you all -- can you name a pitcher who led his team in both wins and saves in the same season ON TWO DIFFERENT OCCASIONS? I have only identified one, but I'll attempt to verify other answers (please provide the years that he did it).

  3. wboenig -Are you only counting since 1969 when saves become official?

    Before that it might have been quite common.
    For example, Lefty Grove led his team in 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1932, and 1933.

  4. a few interesting tidbits: Johnny Antonelli performed the feat with the least games pitched (41). Bob Shaw did it with 3 shutouts!

  5. kingturtle-
    if you want to go further back - Al Benton did in 40 games in 1949.
    http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/FTtw

  6. Yes, the answer I have in mind happened since 1969.

    Actually, since the question is kind of lame and I won't be around for a few days to provide any more info, I'll offer up my answer now.

    Bill Campbell had 17 wins and 20 saves for the 1976 Twins; he then took his act to Boston where he had 13 wins and 31 saves in 1977. All of those numbers were tops on his team(s).