The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball
Felipe Vazquez has pitched 4 years in the major leagues, the last 2 1/2 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He had 21 saves in 2017, but was even better in 2018 with 37 saves, a 2.70 Earned Run Average, and 89 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched.
Aroldis Chapman has pitched 9 years in the major leagues, and is currently with the New York Yankees. He had 32 saves with 93 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched in 2018. For his career, Chapman has 236 saves and a 2.24 Earned Run Average with 798 strikeouts in 478 innings pitched. He is one of the hardest throwing pitchers in baseball, consistently topping 100 miles per hour.
Brad Hand has pitched 7 years in the major leagues, and is currently with the Cleveland Indians. He had 21 saves in 2017, but was even better in 2018 with 32 saves, a 2.75 Earned Run Average, and 106 strikeouts in 72 innings pitched.
Sean Doolittle has pitched 7 years in the major leagues, and is currently with the Washington Nationals. Had had 25 saves in 2018 after 24 in 2017. Overall he has 391 strikeouts in 328 innings with a 2.83 earned run average and 82 saves.
Zach Britton has pitched 8 years in the major leagues, mostly with Baltimore but currently with the New York Yankees. Britton had a perfect record of 47 saves in 47 chances in 2016, with an earned run average of 0.54, giving up just 4 earned runs on 38 hits in 67 innings. He has been injured for much of the past two yeas, but still effective when healthy. For his career, he has 142 saves and a 3.21 Earned Run Average.
Andrew Miller has pitched 13 years in the major leagues with six different teams, currently with the Cleveland Indians. He has been a “set-up” man rather than a “closer” for most of his career, so he only has 53 career saves, but has still been considered one of the best relief pitchers in baseball for the past 4 or 5 seasons. Miller has 853 strikeouts in 725 innings pitched.
Jake McGee has pitched 9 years in the major leagues, the 2 with the Colorado Rockies. He has 25 wins and lost 20 losses in 414 innings, with a 3.57 earned run average and 45 saves.
Tony Watson has pitched 7 years in the major leagues, currently with the San Francisco Giants. He has 37 wins and 23 losses, with a 2.67 earned run average and 30 saves.