The White Sox haven’t had many bright spots in 2013, but one of those has been young closer Addison Reed.
While he’s been fantastic all season long, it’s quite possible that he’s pitching his best baseball of his career right now, as “Automatic Addison” has saved all five games on the current win streak.
He’s allowed just three base runners (two hits, one walk) in that span, throwing five innings in six days. That may not sound like a big deal to the casual fan, but it’s very atypical for a closer to throw this often. In fact, this marks the first time in White Sox franchise history a pitcher has saved five straight games, and also the only pitcher in the MLB to accomplish that feat this season.
Reed’s save on Wednesday night was his 33rd in 38 chances this season. For the month of August, he’s converted all seven of his save opportunities and allowed just one run and ten total base runners in 13.1 innings (0.68 ERA). He also earned a win back on August 13, tossing two scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers.
As it stands, Reed is on pace to finish the season with just a tick under 43 saves on the season, while the White Sox are on pace for about 66 wins. That’s 65 percent of the team’s wins. To put that in perspective, the last time the Sox had this bad a season was in 1976, where they finished 64-97. The team leader in saves was Dave Hamilton, who finished with 10 saves. Really, the only thing close to this in White Sox history wasn’t too long ago back in 2007, when Bobby Jenks saved 40 games for a team that went 72-90.
We can spew out stats all day at you about Reed’s season, but what’s the most impressive is how he’s been able to have success despite not getting large opportunities. While he’s been able to get out there a lot recently, the team’s spent most of the season on losing streaks, hence making it hard for a closer to find his groove. Aside from two straight blown saves at the end of June, Reed’s been consistent all season. Heck, one of those saves was because Gordon Beckham came in and tackled Conor Gillaspie when he was about to catch a game-ending pop-fly, so you can even discount that game as well.
Given the heavy workload Reed’s put in over the past week and the Jekyll-and-Hyde nature of the White Sox in 2013, his streak will likely come to an end very soon. However, it’s another thing Reed can say he’s accomplished at just 24 years of age. At this rate, he’ll have plenty more to brag about by the time his career is over.