Huston Street is pretty fixated on staying a ninth-inning-only guy. But to be fair it’s working for him. Last night Street picked up his 300th career save in the Angels win over the Twins.
It took him a while to get off of 299, as a groin injury, the All-Star break and the fact that the Angels have won a boatload of games by more than three runs lately kept putting it off. But last night he locked down the 5-2 win, the Angels’ 7th in a row.
Street, 31, is the second-youngest pitcher to get to 300, with only Francisco Rodriguez getting there younger. It took 346 save opportunities, which was the fifth-fewest all-time. He now stands tied for 25th all-time in saves with Bruce Sutter and Jason Isringhausen. There are 28 men in the 300-save club. Street is fourth among active closers. At least if you count Joe Nathan as active. Otherwise only Rodriguez, Jonathan Papelbon, and Nathan are ahead of him.
Meanwhile, Mariano Rivera and his mentor from back in his San Diego days, Trevor Hoffman, are over 600. Because, man, those guys were really, really good.