Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna posted the 100th save of his Major League career on Tuesday night, closing a 2-1 victory for Toronto over the Baltimore Orioles. On the date of his 100th career save, Osuna was exactly 23 years and 62 days old, making Osuna the youngest pitcher to record 100 career saves in Major League history.
Osuna broke the record with a relatively quick and easy 9th inning in which he got center fielder Adam Jones to fly out, Pedro Alvarez to pop out, and slugger Chris Davis to line out. Additionally, Osuna tied Billy Koch for third all-time on the Toronto Blue Jays saves list with the save against Baltimore.
The record was previously held by closer Francisco Rodriguez or “K-Rod”, who reached 100 saves at the age of 24 years and 246 days old. Rodriguez currently has 437 career saves at the age of 36 years and 93 days old.
Osuna has yet to allow a run in 2018 after pitching 6 1/3 innings while recording five saves and striking out three batters.
Roberto Osuna averaged 32 saves per season from 2015-2017. If Osuna manages to keep up this pace, by the time he is 40, Osuna will have amassed 676 career saves (surpassing all-time leader Mariano Rivera who compiled 642). While reaching Rivera will be almost impossible to reach, there is a chance nonetheless, and baseball fans should make sure to keep tabs on Osuna as he chases a record that may never be broken.