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!
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.