Addison Reed reached a “cool” achievement with his 40th save on Saturday night.
Perhaps more important however is that if Saturday’s scoreless inning to close out a 6-5 win is his last appearance of 2013, it’s a lot more encouraging than several of Reed’s previous few games.
Reed, who blew two of his previous three attempts, including the game-winning homer he allowed to Jason Giambi in Cleveland on Tuesday, has the fourth-most saves in a single season in franchise history and the fifth-most in the American League in 2013.
“Hopefully I pitch today and end the year on a 1-2-3 inning,” Reed said. “But the last few outings haven’t went the way I wanted them to go and to get a clean inning, just one base runner, is a little bit of a confidence booster going into the offseason. Just end on a good note and instead of thinking back on what you could have done. If we would have ended (Friday) my last pitch was a hanging slider. Now if the season ends today I’ll be a little happier it ended with an out instead of a game-winning homer.”
Reed is currently tied with Bobby Jenks, who closed out 40 wins in 2007. Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen holds the franchise record with 57 saves. Keith Foulke had 42 saves in 2001 and Jenks also had 41 in 2006.
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The right-hander has 11 more saves this season than he did in 2012, when he took over one month into the campaign. Reed has lowered his ERA nearly a point from 4.75 in 2012 to 3.79 this season.
“It’s definitely something that’s cool that once today’s over with and a few months have passed by, to look back and see the 40 attached to your name is going to be kind of cool,” Reed said. “But if anything that’s kind of a team accomplishment. Without them scoring and getting to that position I wouldn’t be able to do that.”