Which MLB Team Has Most Blown Saves in 2022?

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM May 23, 2022, 4:00 PM

With a 162-game schedule, it’s never too early to start monitoring MLB betting trends to understand strengths and weaknesses.

We’ll be keeping an eye on several categories throughout the season, including which bullpens are costing their teams wins. 

Teams with solid bullpens generally are the ones with the best MLB World Series odds and the teams who will advance deep in October.

Here’s a breakdown of the most blown saves in MLB as of April 19.

Most Blown Saves in MLB 2022

TeamBlown SavesSave Opportunities
Red Sox1119
Rays1021
White Sox926
Blue Jays825
Padres725
Braves72
Yankees621
Diamondbacks620
Angels619
Mets619
Royals614
Brewers523
Athletics516
Cubs516
Giants515
Mariners511
Rockies418
Dodgers415
Pirates415
Phillies414
Tigers413
Marlins413
Rangers412
Nationals48
Twins314
Astros313
Cardinals313
Guardians311
Orioles310
Reds39`

Boston Red Sox – 11 Blown Saves

Just when you thought the Boston Red Sox were turning a corner, they fall into the same trap that has plagued them all season. The Sox were on a solid run, converting all save opportunities over a week and a half, and then last weekend happened. 

Boston coughed up a one-inning run in the bottom of the ninth against the Seattle Mariners Sunday, the 11th save they’ve failed to convert this season. Franchy Cordero came through in the clutch, swatting a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the tenth. All’s well that ends well; still, it’s a concerning reminder that the Red Sox bullpen remains a weakness. 

The Red Sox are Matt Barnes averse, preferring to stay away from their former closer and his 6.59 ERA late in games. Until they tighten up their late-game relievers, they’ll continue to lead the way in blown saves.

Tampa Bay Rays – 10 Blown Saves

The usually sure-handed Tampa Bay Rays bullpen has come under fire recently, coughing up leads late in games. Not only is that costing them ground in the ultra-competitive AL East, but it’s also moving them up the list for the most blown saves in the league.

Tampa’s bullpen issues were on full display against the Baltimore Orioles last weekend. The Rays blew two saves on Friday and one on Sunday, against one of the worst teams in the league. The reigning AL East Champions took leads into the bottom of the tenth and 11th innings on Friday, before going on to lose in 13. Similarly, two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday cost the Rays the victory, only for them to lose a couple of innings later.

A big part of the Rays’ problems is a lack of starting pitching. That has resulted in an overused bullpen that leads the MLB in innings pitched. The sooner the Rays get healthy, the better this team will be in the long run. 

Chicago White Sox – Nine Blown Saves

The good news for Chicago White Sox fans is that their bullpen is showing signs of improvement. The bad news is they continue to cost the team saves late in games. The White Sox have re-emerged as one of the three worst teams in save conversion, blowing nine save opportunities since the start of the season. 

Liam Hendriks and Kendall Graveman have three blown saves each, putting them in Red Sox territory for incompetence. They are the only two teams in the American League with two pitchers with three or more blown saves. That leaves them in a precarious position, with no reliable arm to turn to late in games.

Even though things are improving, the White Sox still have the 22nd-ranked bullpen earned run average and 24th-most walks and hits per inning pitched. This isn’t the last we hear about how bad the White Sox bullpen is.

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