In 2011, nine different relievers collected saves before Jason Motte was tried in the closers’ role with a month remaining in the regular season. After a strong performance in September and during the run to the World Series title, Motte strengthened his hold on the job.
This past season, Motte accomplished a feat that had occurred only five prior times in major league history. The former catcher logged every one of the Cardinals’ saves – 42 to be exact.
Motte tied for the National League saves lead with Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel and finished 58 games, second in the NL. The elder statesman of the Cardinals bullpen at the age of 30, Motte finished in a tie for third in saves across MLB.
He became fourth Cardinals pitcher (and sixth time overall) to achieve 40 saves or more. Motte was the first Cardinals pitcher since Jason Isringhausen in 2004 (47 saves) to lead the league.
The right-hander amassed 86 strikeouts and walked just 17 batters in 67 appearances, covering 72 innings. He a...