Long Ball Supressing Relief Aces
Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jake McGee has allowed zero home runs in 62 innings pitched this year. The lefty has totaled 80 strikeouts.
This zero HR’s thing is quite impressive even with scoring levels down sharply from historic heights. It turns out that another AL reliever has bettered McGee in 2014. His name is Wade Davis. Ned Yost‘s setup man in KC has whiffed 90 opposing batters and kept every batted ball against in the park.
So who has the most strikeouts in a single season while not surrendering a single long ball*? Terry Forster for the 1972 White Sox. The twenty year-old sent down 104 batters on strikes that year in just 62 relief appearances and a very impressive 100 innings pitched.
Forster’s set-up man in Chicago that year….rookie Rich Gossage.
*Live ball era (since 1920)