One Player’s Saves greater than Another Team’s Wins

This afternoon the Orioles’ Jim Johnson notched his 41st save of 2012, nailing down a 5-3 win over the White Sox.  That save puts him temporarily ahead of the Astros total wins (40) this year.

If Johnson can keep the Astros in his rearview mirror, he’ll join a select group of closers.  Here are the relievers who, in a non-strike season, had more saves than another team had wins (Smoltz in 2002 and Keith Foulke in 2003 tied another team’s win total):

Year Name For SV Team Wins
2003 Billy Wagner HOU 44 DET 43
2003 John Smoltz ATL 45 DET 43
2003 Eric Gagne LAD 55 DET 43
2004 Mariano Rivera NYY 53 ARI 51
2008 Francisco Rodriguez LAA 62 WSN 59
2002 John Smoltz ATL 55 TBD / DET 55
2003 Keith Foulke OAK 43 DET 43
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