Monday, December 3, 2007

Most Games Finished with Zero Saves in a Season Since 1901

Usually the pitchers with the most games finished (GF) in a particular season are the ones that appear high on the saves list. This makes sense because closers tend to close out a lot of games and often will pitch an inning even if it's not a save situation if they haven't been in a game for a while. Less common is a pitcher ending a season with a considerable number of games finished and zero saves.

Usually if you're the finishing pitcher in enough games you stumble into a save one way or another. Whether the pitchers below were simply mop-up relievers on bad teams or just unlucky enough not to enter any games in a save situation all they got for their trouble was a steadily increasing number in the obscure GF column of their season stats lines.

Most Games Finished with Zero Saves in a Season Since 1901

1Justin Speier200536
2Marty Kutyna196231
3Roger Mason199329

Jeff Innis199129

Doug Sisk198829

Ed Vande Berg198629

Gary Ross197329
8Braden Looper200628
9Lance Carter200427

Duaner Sanchez200427

Joe Boever199127

Norm Charlton198927

Clyde Shoun194227
14Terry Mulholland200526

Mike Remlinger200326

Bobby Howry200226

Felix Rodriguez199926

Matt Turner199326

Joe Coleman197826
20Kyle Farnsworth200425

Kerry Ligtenberg200225

Mark Wohlers200125

Lindy McDaniel197225

The 2007 leaders were Brian Stokes of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Chris Spurling of the Milwaukee Brewers with 21 each. That might well be the only time either pitcher is atop a major league leaderboard in his career.

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