Major League Baseball: Analyzing The Season Totals

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Oct 12, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the 9th inning in game two of the 2014 NLCS playoff baseball game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Highest Save total by a pitcher 48.5

Last season Fernando Rodney recorded 48 saves for the Seattle Mariners with Craig Kimbrel right on his heels at 47 for Atlanta. Greg Holland finished third with 46 saves for the Kansas City Royals. Looking at each of those three teams this season, there’s some significant reason to believe that the numbers drop.

Atlanta is in a much different place this season than they have been previously. The Braves are almost assuredly going to be trailing both the Nationals and Marlins in the National League East, and could potential be near the bottom of the division. We picked the Royals to finish last in the AL Central, and that would significantly nullify Greg Holland’s save chances. The Mariners are still a team with playoff aspirations, but Rodney had a career year a season ago. Trevor Rosenthal posted 45 saves in 2014 for the Cardinals, and could be the guy to push the 48.5 number, but it would take a great season from a team competing in a very tough division.

At this point, I think the safest play is on the under when it comes to save total by a single player.

Play: Under 48.5