On Thursday night, MLB Network aired their weekly Top Ten Right Now. Last night, it was all about the relief pitchers. We all know that the KC Royals have the best 7-8-9 trio in the game, but did any of those three rank in the top ten?
Seventh inning man Kelvin Herrera did not crack the top ten, however, the other two were ranked pretty high.
How high? The Royals have the top two relief pitchers in the game according to “the Shredder”. This knocked Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel to number three.
Closer Greg Holland was ranked second. In the last two seasons, his ERA and saves total have topped Major League Baseball, 1.32 and 93 respectively.
Coming in at number one was Wade Davis, the Royals setup man and as the guys from MLB Network put it, the one year guy. And boy did Davis have a year in 2014.
His 1.00 ERA was tops in the big leagues. He struck out 109 in just 72 innings (to 23 walks). Davis also held opponents to a .408 OPS (which was second in the Majors). He only allowed five extra base hits during the season and zero home runs. Davis was NEVER ranked in the show’s top ten before.
The show’s host Brian Kenny had Holland coming in at number two (same as the Shredder), while former big league closer Dan Plesac had him ranked fifth. Kenny had Davis ranked fifth, while Plesac had him fourth.
Here is the Shredder’s top ten:
- Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta
- Dellin Betances, NY Yankees
- Joaquin Benoit, SD
- Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati
- Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh
- Koji Uehara, Boston
- Zach Britton, Baltimore
- Tony Watson, Pittsburgh
You can watch the segment, with extended coverage of Holland and David below (via MLB Network):
MLB Network also aired their Top Ten Second Baseman Right now and though Omar Infante did not make the Shredder’s list (or Kenny’s), he did make analyst Harold Reynold’s top ten (he came in at number nine).