Saito and Broxton Lead Relief Chart

Like a rare wine, Takashi Saito just keeps getting better and move valuable as the years roll along. The Dodgers were fifth on the National League relief pitching charts, led by Saito and Jonathan Broxton for the second season in succession. L.A. had a 3.82 earned run average, trailing only San Diego, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington.

They led the National League in relief pitching in 2003, posting a 2.46 earned run average and nearly did it again in 2004 (3.01), losing the title on the final day when they lost a meaningless game to the Giants by a 10-0 margin.

Eric Gagne lead the Dodger bullpen during those two seasons with nearly flawless performances, recording 1.20 (a franchise record) and 2.19 earned run averages.

When injuries shut him down in 2006 and Saito, who failed to make the club out of spring training, was given an emergency call and the 35-year-old Japanese responded in a manner that surprised nearly everyone.

He saved 24 games and recorded a 2.07 ERA and an .177 opponents batting average. His 72 games, 78.1 innings, 107 strikeouts, 5.53 hits per nine innings and 12.33 strikeouts per nine also led the relief staff.

Saito improved on his first-season excellence in 2007, saving 39 and posting a 1.40 earned run average while allowing opponents a .151 average. In addition, he was second only to Gagne's franchise-leading opponent's batting average of .133 with an average of .151, second in hits allowed per nine innings, sixth in BB/9 and eighth in SO/9.

Jonathan Broxton, finished close behind Saito nearly all relief departments. Chad Billingsley gave the pen a 1-2-3 punch before moving into a starting slot and Scott Proctor took over after arriving from the Yankees and the production dipped only slightly.

Mark Hendrickson again demonstrated he was more successful out of the bullpen than starting. He had a 6.13 ERA starting posted a fine 3.69 mark out of the pen.

Broxton and veteran Rudy Seanez each pitched 83 games, taking over the #3 and #4 spots on the chart, trailing only Mike Marshall's remarkable 106 games in 1974 and Paul Quantrill's 86 in 2003.

The complete list of Los Angeles and Brooklyn relief records:
 Relief records
(50+ innings minimum)

  Wins       	
16-3—Ron Perranoski 1963	
15-14—Mike Marshall 1974	
14-1—Phil Regan 1966	
14-3—Joe Black 1952	
13-6—Clyde King 1951	
13-8—Larry Sherry 1960	

12-8—Charlie Hough 1976	
11-0—Matt Herges 2000	
11-4—Hugh Casey 1946	
10-2—John Morrison 1929	
10-2—Clem Labine 1955	
10-2—Ed Roebuck 1962	
10-3—Pedro Martinez 1993	
10-4—Hugh Casey 1947	
10-4—Clem Labine 1953	

  2007 wins
6-3—Rudy Seanez  	
4-0—Chad Billingsley 	
4-2—Joe Beimel
4-4—Jonathan Broxton	

  Saves
55—Eric Gagne 2003  
52—Eric Gagne 2002  
45—Eric Gagne 2004  
44—Todd Worrell 1996  
43—Jeff Shaw 2001  

39—Takashi Saito 2007
35—Todd Worrell 1997 
34—Jeff Shaw 1999   
32—Todd Worrell 1995 
28—Jay Howell 1989  

27—Jeff Shaw 2000 
25—Jim Gott 1993  
25—Jeff Shaw 1998  
24—Jim Hughes 1954 (Brk)  
24—Takashi Saito 2006 

 2007 saves
39—Takashi Saito   
2—Jon Broxton 
1-Joe Beimel
1—Rudy Seanez

  Career Saves
161—Eric Gagne
129—Jeff Shaw
127—Todd Worrell
125—Jim Brewer
101—Ron Perranoski

85—Jay Howell
83—Clem Labine
64—Tom Niedenfuer
63—Takashi Saito
60—Charlie Hough

59—Steve Howe
50—Hugh Casey (Brk)
43—Ed Roebuck
42—Mike Marshall
39—Jim Hughes
39—Larry Sherry

  Opponents batting average
.133—Eric Gagne 2003
.151—Takashi Saito 2007
.177—Takashi Saito 2006
.181—Eric Gagne 2004
.188—Jay Howell 1988

.189—Eric Gagne 2002
.198—Tom Martin 2003
.202—Guillermo Mota 2002
.202—Darren Dreifort 1997
.205—Mike Fetters 2000

.206—Guillermo Mota 2003.
.207—Duaner Sanchez 2003
.209—Pedro Borbon 1999          
.209—Antonio Osuna 1997.
.211—Jay Howell 1989
.211—Jay Howell 1991

  2007 OBA
.151—Takashi Saito
.225—Jon Broxton
.253—Joe Beimel

  Earned Run Average 
1.20—Eric Gagné 2003
1.27—Jim Brewer 1972
1.40—Takashi Saito 2007
1.44—Steve Howe 1983
1.54—Jay Howell 1992

1.58—Jay Howell 1989
1.62—Phil Regan 1966
1.67—Ron Perranoski 1963
1.70—Brian Holton 1988
1.75—Paul Quantrill 2003

1.80—Jim Grant 1968
1.89—Jim Brewer 1971
1.90—Tom Niedenfuer 1983
1.91—Alejandro Peña 1988
1.94—Terry Forster 1978
(1.98—Hugh Casey [Brk] 1946)

  2007 ERA  
1.40—Takashi Saito    
2.85—Jon Broxton  
3.88—Joe Beimel    

  Games    
106—Mike Marshall 1974
89—Paul Quantrill 2003
83—Joe Beimel 2007
83—Jonathan Broxton 2007
80—Tom Martin 2003

79—Duaner Sanchez 2005  
78—Takashi Saito 2006
77—Charlie Hough 1976
77—Jeff Shaw 2001
77—Eric Gagné 2002
77—Eric Gagné 2003

76—Guillermo Mota 2003
75—Scott Radinsky 1997
75—Matt Herges 2001
74—Yhency Brazoban 2005    
(60—Jim Hughes Brk 1954)

  2007 games
83—Joe Beimel 
83—Jonathan Broxton 
73—Takashi Saito  


  Innings     
208—Mike Marshall 1974
143—Charlie Hough 1976
129—Ron Perranoski 1963
128—Joe Black 1952 (Brk) 
126—Bob Miller 1964 
126—Dave Walsh 1990

125—Ron Perranoski 1964
125—Erv Palica 1948
122—Charlie Hough 1977
119—Ed Roebuck 1962
119—Larry Sherry 1960

117—Phil Regan 1966
117—Ed Roebuck 1960
117—Joe Shaute 1932
116—Les Webber 1943

  2007 innings
82.0—Jon Broxton  
67.1—Joe Beimel  
64.1—Takashi Saito

  Hits per 9 innings
4.04—Eric Gagné 2003
4.62—Takashi Saito 2007
4.73—Jim Brewer 1972
4.91—Alejandro Peña 1987
5.21—Tom Niedenfuer 1983

5.33—Takashi Saito, 2006
5.58—Eric Gagné 2004
5.86—Pedro Martinez 1993
5.91—Elia Sosa 1977
6.01—Eric Gagné 2002

6.09—Charlie Hough 1974
6.09—Jay Howell 1988
6.11—Jim Brewer 1971
6.30—Mike Fetters 2000
6.33—Pete Mikkelsen 1969
(6.37—Clem Labine, Brk, 1955)

  2007 H/9 innings
4.62—Takashi Saito   
7.57—Jon Broxton
8.42—Joe Beimel

 Total strikeouts    
143—Mike Marshall 1974
137—Eric Gagné 2003
114—Eric Gagné 2002
114—Eric Gagné 2004
113—Pedro Martinez 1993

107—Takashi Saito 2006    
104—Ken Howell 1986
102—Tom Niedenfuer 1985
100—Charlie Hough 1976
99—Guillermo Mota 2003
99—Jonathan Broxton 2007
(80—Joe Black, Brk 1952)

  2007 strikeouts
99—Jonathan Broxton
78—Takashi Saito
73—Rudy Seanez

  Strikeouts per 9 innings
14.98—Eric Gagné 2003
12.50—Eric Gagné 2004
12.46—Eric Gagné 2002
12.33—Takashi Saito 2006  
11.47—Jon Broxton 2006  

11.29—Darren Dreifort 2004
10.92—Takashi Saito 2007
10.87—Jon Broxton 2007
10.86—Chan Ho Park 1996
10.20—Pedro Martinez 1993

9.97—Antonio Osuna 1997
9.93—Antonio Osuna 1997
9.69—Jay Howell 1988
9.55—Jay Howell, 1986
9.41—Jim Brewer 1969
(6.63—Ed Roebuck Brk 1957)

  2007 So/9 innings
10.92—Takashi Saito 
10.87—Jon Broxton
5.22—Joe Beimel  

  Walks per 9 innings
1.28—Jim Grant 1968
1.55—Steve Howe 1982
1.57—Steve Howe 1983
1.62—Joe Shaute 1932 Brk
1.68—Joe Moeller 1971

1.69—Elia Sosa, 1977
1.70—Cy Moore, 1931
1.75—Eric Gagné 2002
1.75—Paul Quantrill 2003
1.82—Takashi Saito 2007

1.85—Phil Regan 1966
1.94—Jay Howell 1991
1.96—Jim Gott 1993
1.97—Tim Crews 1988 
1.99—Jeff Shaw 1999
  2007 bb/9 innings
1.82—Takashi Saito  
2.74—Jon Broxton
3.21—Joe Beimel 
The complete record of the 2007 bullpen:


		 w-l	  in	h/in	bb/in	so/in	era 	   ave
Lowe	         0-0	  0.1	0.00	0.00	27.00	0.00	
Saito	         2-1	 64.1	4.63	1.83	10.95	1.40
Broxton	         4-4	 82.2	7.55	2.74	10.84	2.85	
Billingsley      4-0	 35.0	7.46	3.34	10.29	3.09	
Proctor	         3-0	 32.0	7.03	4.22	 7.59	3.38	
Seanez	         6-3	 76.0	9.24	3.20	 8.64	3.79	
Beimel	         4-2	 67.1	8.45	3.22	 5.23	3.88
Hull	         0-0	  6.2	5.81	4.35	 7.26	4.08	
Houlton	         0-2	 28.0	9.00	2.25	 6.75	4.18	
Tsao	         0-1	 24.2	6.69	2.98	 5.95	4.38	
Hendrickson	 4-8	122.2	7.97	1.94	 6.78	7.97	
Tomko	         2-11	104.0	12.80	2.19	 9.88	5.80
Stults	         1-4	 38.2	11.78	4.00	 7.07	5.82	
Hernandez	 0-2	 20.1	11.64	4.03	 5.82	6.64
Meloan	         0-0	 7.1	10.14	10.14	 8.87	11.05
Brazoban	 0-0	 1.2	22.50	22.50	37.50	11.05	
Kuo	         0-0	 2.1	23.98	3.9	 0.00	15.43	
 totals	158	24-19	 533	8.96	3.22     7.35	4.20
								
		

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