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Jonathan Papelbon, on the other hand, is mowing them down

Aug 10, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

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Pitching for the third straight day, Jonathan Papelbon turned in a perfect ninth Tuesday against the Twins in Boston’s 4-3 victory, giving him 26 saves in 27 chances.

Papelbon’s ERA remains somewhat inflated at 3.14, but he’s worked scoreless innings in 12 straight appearances.  During that span, he’s allowed just two hits and posted a 12/0 K/BB ratio.

Papelbon hasn’t walked a batter since July 10, and he has a 64/8 K/BB ratio for the year.  If he can keep that up, he’d again join the select list of pitchers to save 30 games and strike out at least eight batters for each one he walked.  Here’s they are:

Dennis Eckersley (A’s, 1989): 33 Sv, 55/3 K/BB
Dennis Eckersley (A’s, 1990): 48 Sv, 73/4 K/BB
Dennis Eckersley (A’s, 1991): 43 Sv, 87/9 K/BB
Dennis Eckersley (A’s, 1992): 51 Sv, 93/11 K/BB
Dennis Eckersley (Cards, 1996): 30 Sv, 49/6 K/BB
Doug Jones (Brewers, 1997): 36 Sv, 82/9 K/BB
John Smoltz (Braves, 2003): 45 Sv, 73/8 K/BB
Mariano Rivera (Yankees, 2008): 39 Sv, 77/6 K/BB
Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox, 2008): 41 Sv, 77/8 K/BB

Papelbon certainly seems to be in the process of reestablishing himself at the head of the class of this winter’s free agent relievers.  Jonathan Broxton seemed like the cream of the crop a year and a half ago and Heath Bell reigned supreme at the beginning of this year, but Papelbon is throwing the best now from the group that also includes Francisco Rodriguez, Ryan Madson and Jose Valverde.

  1. frankvzappa - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    Never underestimate the will of an athlete in a contract year.

  2. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:42 AM

    Good thing Mariano didn’t accept the Red Sox offer this year , or we would be stuck watching him blow saves like Papelbon USE to do.

    • bozosforall - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      Papsmear isn’t qualified to carry Mo’s jock. He want to sniff it though. While you sniff his, blunt boy.

  3. derpdederpdederp - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:22 AM

    “Here’s they are”

    That is all

  4. md23rewlz - Aug 10, 2011 at 4:39 AM

    **please let Boston overpay please let Boston overpay please let Boston overpay**

    • bobwsc - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:05 AM

      like they’ve overpayed so many others? it doesn’t matter.

    • phukyouk - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      Looks like the Muts are about to find thier new closer for the next 4 yrs :-)

  5. yankeefanincolo - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Papelbon may be having a great year, but I still laugh every time I watch him do his pinch-mouth thing. What is that anyway? He just looks stupid!

    • bloodysock - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:29 AM

      Because A-Rod’s purple lip pout is so much better?

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