Brewers’ Francisco Rodriguez Ties MLB Saves Record Before May

RodriguezApril 2014 was one successful month for the Milwaukee Brewers, not only are they in first place in the National League Central Division by five and a half games with already 20 wins, but their closer, Francisco Rodriguez, has stepped up and proven himself by tying an MLB record.

Rodriguez has converted all 13 save opportunities the Brewers have presented him thus far, tying the MLB record for most saves before May 1, first established by Kazuhiro Sasaki of the Seattle Mariners in 2001, per Tracy Ringolsby of MLB.com.

In addition to notching all his save chances, Rodriguez has yet to allow a run over his 16 innings of relief work, posting an impressive 23:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The unexpected dominance of Rodriguez, along with the equally improbable standout performances of fellow bullpen contributors Zach Duke, Tyler Thornburg and Will Smith, has been a major reason behind the Brewers’ league-best 20-8 record to date.

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