The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball
Zach Britton has pitched 9 years in the majors, mostly with Baltimore and currently with the New York Yankees. He was a starting pitcher for his first three years with the Orioles, and then in 2014 he became their closer and had 37 saves and a 1.65 Earned Run Average. He followed that with 36 more saves and a 1.92 ERA in 2015, making his first all-star game and establishing himself as one of the best relief pitchers in the game.
Britton did even better in 2016 and was actually perfect in one key measurement, as he earned 47 saves in 47 save opportunities. He pitched 67 innings that year and gave up only 38 hits and only 4 earned runs for a 0.54 ERA, with only 18 walks and 74 strikeouts.
Britton was injured and missed part of 2017, and in 2018 he was traded to the Yankees, and he remains with the Yankees, where Chapman is the closer who gets most of the save opportunities. Britton pitches mostly in the middle innings and is still one of the most effective relief pitchers in baseball. Entering the 2020 Season, he has 145 saves and a 3.07 Earned Run Average. If you ignore his stats from his three years as a starter and just count his time as a relief pitcher, he has pitched 352 innings and given up just 242 hits and 39 earned runs for a 1.82 ERA.