According to Elias

Jared Burton

Jared Burton

Jose Reyes snapped a scoreless tie with his RBI double off Jared Burton in the eighth inning and he came around to score an insurance run in the Blue Jays’ 2-0 win at Minnesota yesterday. With his loss on Sunday, Burton’s record fell to 2-9 this season, a major-league high for losses by a reliever. Burton’s nine losses match the most for a Minnesota reliever in any of the last 29 years. Two other Twins absorbed nine losses out of the bullpen in one season since 1985: Rick Aguilera (4-9 in 1998) and Matt Guerrier (6-9 in 2008).

If you look back through the Twins entire history going back to 1961 you will find that “Iron Man” Mike Marshall hold the Twins record for most losses by a reliever not starting a single game with 12 in the “L” column. There are some pretty good relievers on this list and it goes to show that won/lost records for relievers mean very little. The list below reads like a list of “Whose Who” of Minnesota relievers.

Twins relievers with 8 or more losses in a season

Mike Marshall - Twins pitcher 1978 - 1980

Mike Marshall – Twins pitcher 1978 – 1980

Rk Player L Year Age G GS GF W W-L% SV IP H SO ERA HR BA
1 Mike Marshall 12 1978 35 54 0 51 10 .455 21 99.0 80 56 2.45 3 .225
2 Ron Davis 11 1984 28 64 0 57 7 .389 29 83.0 79 74 4.55 11 .253
3 Ron Perranoski 10 1969 33 75 0 52 9 .474 31 119.2 85 62 2.11 4 .205
4 Jared Burton 9 2013 32 65 0 12 2 .182 2 61.1 57 56 3.96 6 .243
5 Matt Guerrier 9 2008 29 76 0 15 6 .400 1 76.1 84 59 5.19 12 .275
6 Rick Aguilera 9 1998 36 68 0 64 4 .308 38 74.1 75 57 4.24 8 .262
7 Ron Davis 9 1982 26 63 0 53 3 .250 22 106.0 106 89 4.42 16 .261
8 Al Worthington 9 1967 38 59 0 44 8 .471 16 92.0 77 80 2.84 6 .229
9 Mike Trombley 8 1999 32 75 0 56 2 .200 24 87.1 93 82 4.33 15 .272
10 Jeff Reardon 8 1987 31 63 0 58 8 .500 31 80.1 70 83 4.48 14 .232
11 Keith Atherton 8 1986 27 47 0 31 5 .385 10 81.2 82 59 3.75 9 .264
12 Ron Davis 8 1983 27 66 0 61 5 .385 30 89.0 89 84 3.34 6 .266
13 Tom Burgmeier 8 1975 31 46 0 37 5 .385 11 75.2 76 41 3.09 7 .265
14 Ron Perranoski 8 1970 34 67 0 52 7 .467 34 111.0 108 55 2.43 7 .259
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Generated 9/9/2013.
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