The 2021 MLB Season
The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball
Sean Doolittle has pitched 9 years in the major leagues, joining the Cincinnati Reds for 2021 after the past 4 years with Washington. He has a total of 111 career saves, including 20 saves or more in 4 different years, and a personal high of 29 in 2019. He has 463 strikeouts in 395 innings with a 3.07 earned run average.
Brad Hand has pitched 10 years in the major leagues, joining the Washington Nationals for 2021 after the past 3 years with Cleveland. He has a total of 105 career saves, including 34 saves in 2019, his 4th consecutive year with 21 or more. He has 624 strikeouts in 608 innings, with a 3.65 earned run average.
Andrew Miller has pitched 15 years in the major leagues with 7 different teams, and is entering his 3rd year with the St. Louis Cardinals. He has been a “set-up” man rather than a “closer” for most of his career, so he only has 63 career saves. He has 939 strikeouts in 793 innings, with a 3.99 earned run average
Josh Hader has pitched just 4 years in the major leagues, all with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2019, his first year as a full-time closer he had 37 saves and a 2.63 earned run average with 138 strikeouts in 75 innings. For his career the hard thrower has 62 saves, with 380 strikeouts in 223 innings, and a 2.54 earned run average.
Will Smith has pitched 8 yeas in the major leagues with 4 different teams, and starts the 2021 in his 2nd year with the Atlanta Braves. He had 34 saves with a 2.55 earned run average and 96 strikeouts in 65 innings in 2019. He has 49 saves in his career, with 512 strikeouts in 426 innings, and a 3.56 earned run average.
Jake McGee has pitched 11 years in the major leagues with 4 different teams, and starts the 2021 in his 1st year with the San Francisco Giants. He has mainly been a set-up man and not a closer, but still has 45 saves to go with 28 wins and 23 losses in 475 innings with 530 strikeouts and a 3.59 earned run average.
Taylor Rogers has pitched 5 years in the major leagues, all with the Minnesota Twins. He has 41 career saves, 30 of them coming in the 2019 season. He has 302 strikeouts in 274 innings, with a 3.12 earned run average.
Two of the best lefthanded relief pitchers currently in Major League Baseball have been good enough for long enough to rank in the top 100 all-time in Saves.
Aroldis Chapman has pitched 11 years in the majors, starting with 6 years in Cincinnati, then after a brief stint with the Cubs, he is now entering his 6th season with the New York Yankees. He has 276 saves to start the 2021 season (3rd among active players and 34th all-time) along with a 2.25 career ERA.
Chapman has been one of the hardest throwers in the game since he began his career, and he has 905 strikeouts in only 547 innings pitched. He is a 6 time all-star (2012-2015 in the National League and 2018 & 2019 in the American League, and if he stays healthy for a few more seasons he will be a strong candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame .
Zack Britton has pitched 10 years in the majors, starting with 7 plus years with Baltimore, and now entering his 4th season with the Yankees. He has 153 saves to start the 2021 season, which ranks 7th among active players and 82nd all-time. His best year was in 2016 when he saved 47 games in 47 save opportunities and had a 0.54 ERA in 67 innings pitched, He gave up most of his save opportunities to Chapman when he joined the Yankees, but he remains one of the best relief pitchers in the game.
Other Lefthanded Relief Pitchers Currently in MLB