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

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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!

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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