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MLB Saves Leaders Odds: Edwin Diaz Favored to Lead the League

Who is expected to lead the league in saves this year? Jason Radowitz breaks down the MLB saves leader odds.
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MLB Saves Leaders Odds: Edwin Diaz Favored to Lead the League

Closing games is extremely difficult. The pressure that comes with closing out a game is like no other. Being the final player on the field, knowing the game is on the line with the ball in your hands, is a bit frightening to most. However, closers that are in this role, love the feeling and are very good at producing in these tough spots. When betting on a closer to get saves, you have to look for the player who will get the most opportunity instead of looking at the best closer in the game. Here are the 2022 MLB Saves Leaders and their odds.

MLB Saves Leaders Odds

  • Aroldis Chapman (Yankees) +600
  • Edwin Diaz (Mets) +600
  • Raisel Iglesias (Angels) +550
  • Ryan Pressly (Astros) +800
  • Emmanuel Clase (Indians) +900
  • Kenley Jansen (Braves) +1000
  • Liam Hendriks (White Sox) +1200
  • Josh Hader (Brewers) +1600

Favorite: Edwin Diaz +600 (Bet $100 to Win $600)

The New York Mets are in a prime position to be the best team in baseball. The Mets have added Max Scherzer to pair with Jacob deGrom and also brought in a third starter in Chris Bassitt. Those guys are very good at pitching quality starts and that should allow Edwin Diaz to come into the ninth inning with the lead on many occasions. Diaz had 32 saves last year with a WHIP of 1.05. He also struck out 89 batters in just 62.2 innings. Lastly, Diaz was able to limit home runs to just three throughout all of last season and really got the long ball under control last year. Edwin has some filthy stuff and while he'll give fans a heart attack, every closer does. It's just how it goes.

Longshot: Emmanuel Clase +900 (Bet $100 to Win $900)

Clase had just 24 saves last year but had an ERA of 1.29 and a WHIP of .96 with 74 strikeouts in 69.2 innings. This year, Clase is going to get many more save chances and is the go-to closer for the Indians now. Clase is going to be pitching in plenty of tight games late because the Indians' lineup doesn't look all that great. The Indians have a terrific pitching staff but always struggle to score a whole lot of runs. That's why it'll be important for Clase to come in, in tight spots, and closeout games. The opportunities will be there, even if the Indians only win 80 games this season. Most wins for the Indians will be tight games that will likely need a save to come from Clase.

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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