Blue Jays’ Roberto Osuna poised to make history

BOSTON, MA - JULY 20: Roberto Osuna
BOSTON, MA - JULY 20: Roberto Osuna /

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna is poised to make baseball history when the 23-year old notches his next save.

Roberto Osuna is in the midst of his fourth major league season as the Toronto Blue Jays closer and the young hurler is readied to record his 100th career save the next time he takes the bump to close out a Jays victory.

Osuna will become the youngest pitcher to record 100 saves in MLB history when he hits the century mark presumably sometime this week. According to Ben Nicholson Smith of Sportsnet Francisco Rodriguez holds the current record slamming the door on his 100th career save when he was 119 days shy of his 25th birthday. Osuna won’t turn 24 until next February so he has some breathing room.

Osuna has registered seasons with 20, 36 and 39 respectively heading into the 2018 campaign. The native of Mexico has been lights out thus far this season closing out four games without allowing a run.

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The 23-year old is currently tied for 150th place on the all-time saves list, however, he has a ways to go to get anywhere near Mariano Rivera who is the MLB all-time leader with 652 finishes. The Jays current leader is Tom Henke with 217 saves followed by Duane Ward with 121 and Billy Koch with 100. Osuna will move into a third-place tie with Koch on the franchise all-time list once he notches his hundredth.

The initial plan was for Osuna to convert to a starter the season following his rookie campaign, however, the young hurler has embraced the closer’s role and does not seem ready to relinquish the title anytime soon even if it was for a starting job.

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The upstart Blue Jays are 7-4 on the young season and Osuna could conceivably break the record in Baltimore with two games still remaining at Camden Yards with their division rival.

Dust off the record books, No Panic Osuna is about to make history.