Top Five Cleveland Indians Relievers of All-Time

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May 19, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen (37) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at U.S Cellular Field. The Cleveland Indians defeat the Chicago White Sox 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Number Four: Cody Allen

Cody Allen is still with the Tribe, and he will hopefully pitch for them well into the future. He has the best strikeout rate, fifth best FIP, and eight best left on base percentage. From his call-up in the middle of 2012, some fans cried for him to take over as the closer until he did last year, when he compiled 24 saves. Each season, his strikeout rate increased, and it currently sits at a ridiculous 13.50 strikeouts per nine innings.

May 15, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen (37) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Indians defeated the Rangers 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

His fastball, which he throws around 70% of the time, clocks in at a blazing 96 miles per hour. Another impressive feat is his 19.6% whiff rate at his curveball. These spectacular pitches have led to make Allen the owner of the highest strikeout rate among Tribe relievers. In fact, the pitcher with the next highest strikeout rate, Vinnie Pestano, is a whole half strikeout behind Allen.

Allen’s main drawback is his command, which has struggled at times. His walks per nine innings of 3.81 ranks the 45th best among the relievers included in my research. This has become an even bigger problem this season, as he has walked almost six batters per nine innings.

Next up on the countdown is another recent pitcher.

Next: Number Three

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