The Milwaukee Brewers in 2018 had three relief pitchers with 12 or more saves: Corey Knebel (16), Jeremy Jeffress (15) and Josh Hader (12). The 2018 Houston Astros also had three relievers with 12 or more saves, the second time they have achieved this milestone in the last three seasons.
The Brewers and Astros became the sixth and seventh teams in MLB history to have three relief pitchers with 12 or more saves in the same season. Here is a look at those seven teams.
1992 White Sox (Hernandez, Radinsky, Thigpen)
2000 Braves (Ligtenberg, Remlinger, Rocker)
2005 Diamondbacks (Bruney, Lyon, Valverde)
2015 Mariners (Rodney, Smith, Wilhelmsen)
2016 Astros (Giles, Gregerson, Harris)
2018 Astros (Giles, Osuna, Rondon)
2018 Brewers (Knebel, Jeffress, Hader)
For the Brewers, it was the eighth time in their history that they had two or more relievers finish the season with 12 or more saves in the same season. Following are those eight seasons.
1972: Frank Linzy (12), Ken Sanders (17)
1986: Mark Clear (16), Dan Plesac (14)
1987: Dan Plesac (23), Chuck Crim (12)
1998: Bob Wickman (25), Doug Jones (12)
2000: Bob Wickman (16), Curtis Leskanic (12)
2003: Mike DeJean (18), Dan Kolb (21)
2006: Derrick Turnbow (24), Francisco Cordero (16)
2016: Jeremy Jeffress (27), Tyler Thornburg (13)
2018: Corey Knebel (16), Jeremy Jeffress (15), Josh Hader (12)
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TODAYSPORTSTAT-July 3, 2017
Brewers closer Corey Knebel will be the team’s lone representative in the MLB All-Star Game next Tuesday. Knebel becomes the 19th pitcher in team history to be selected to the ASG.
The only Brewers pitcher(s):
… to figure in the decision was Rollie Fingers; he took the loss for the American League in the 1981 All-Star Game.
… to start an ASG was Ben Sheets in 2008.
… to pitch three or more innings in one ASG were Teddy Higuera (1986) and Lary Sorensen (1978).
… selected to multiple All-Star Games were Ben Sheets (2001, 2004, 2007, 2008), Dan Plesac (1987, 1988, 1989), Rollie Fingers (1981, 1982) and Francisco Rodriguez (2014, 2015).
Brewers reliever Corey Knebel on June 22 set a new record by recording a strikeout in his 38th straight game to start a season by a relief pitcher.
The all-time record for most consecutive games with a strikeout by a reliever is 49 games by Aroldis Chapman. Knebel is currently tied for second place behind Chapman (with Bruce Sutter) with 39 consecutive games with at least one strikeout by a reliever.
The MLB record for most consecutive games by a pitcher with at least one strikeout is 411 by Tom Seaver. Nolan Ryan is second with 382 games, followed by Curt Schilling with 378 straight games with a strikeout.