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Huston Street on pace to allow most homers ever by a closer

Aug 2, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

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Huston Street has been plenty effective overall this season, converting 28 of 31 save chances with a 3.75 ERA and 46/7 K/BB ratio in 48 innings for the Rockies despite calling Coors Field home, but he’s on an historic pace for serving up homers.

Street’s third blown save came last night when he allowed a two-run homer to Phillies pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr., which is the 10th long ball he’s given up through the Rockies’ first 109 games.

That puts Street on pace to allow a total of 15 homers on the season, which would be the most in baseball history for any pitcher with at least 25 saves. For now Dave Holland in 1984, Jeff Reardon in 1987, and Dave Veres in 1999 are tied for the record with 14 homers apiece, but they saved 29, 31, and 31 games respectively.

So not only is Street on pace to break their record for homers allowed by a closer, he’s also on pace to save 42 games. The most homers ever allowed by a pitcher with 40 or more saves?  Danny Graves in 2004 and Armando Benitez in 2001 with 12 each.

Good luck breaking the record, Huston!

  1. randall351 - Aug 2, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Must be a pretty slow day when you are looking up obscure baseball records that really have no bearing on anything. Ah but you succeeded in killing 2 minutes of my work day, so well done, sir.

  2. funkygoorilla - Aug 2, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    He’s one of the most productive players on the Rockies team! Oh, wait…………….

  3. motorcitykitty80 - Aug 2, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Thank you Mr. Street for delivering that beautiful pitch which Magglio Ordonez launched into the left field seats for a 3 run walk off homer to send Detroit to the World Series in 2006… Tigers fans will never forget you!

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Houston! You have a problem!

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2011 at 5:15 PM

      I know that I spelt his name wrong, but the devil made me do it.

      • jimbo1949 - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:49 PM

        nah, you’re just so used to putting 2 letters where just 1 is sufficient.

  5. juicejuicer - Aug 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    I bet J-Brox would have given that record a run! Lucky for him -and us Dodgers fans- he was put on the shelf!

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