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Lots of Heat in the 2015 Reliever of the Year Award Race

The MLB Reliever of the Year Award winners will be announced before World Series Game two on October the 28th. Although the award does not have nominees, each league has a lot of probable candidates. The expected top candidates would be Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees, Cody Allen from the Cleveland Indians, Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals, Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles, Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds, Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Trevor Rosenthal from the St. Louis Cardinals, and Jeurys Familia from the New York Mets. All of the above are very deserving candidates, some perhaps overlooked. (Britton 4-1 1.92 E.R.A. 36 saves, Melancon 3-2 2.23 51 saves) But to me the winners should be Wade Davis out of the A.L. and Jeurys Familia out of the N.L. 

Wade Davis is almost without a doubt the number one reliever in baseball. Davis appeared in 69 games this season going 8-1 in 67.1 innings, posting a microscopic E.R.A. of .94 He walked just 20, only gave up three homeruns, and allowed just seven earned runs. His low saves number (17) is only due to the fact he was not the closer till Greg Holland underwent Tommy John surgery late season. But regardless of save numbers, Davis put up historic numbers out of the pen that nobody else in the A.L. even came close to matching. 

Jeurys Familia was not expected to be the Mets closer, but when Jenrry Mejia was suspended for PED use Familia was the one selected to fill his place. After Mejia came back for seven games and was again suspeneded for PED use, this once again locked Familia in as closer. Coming into the season Familia had six career saves, but in 2015 he picked up 43. He went 2-2 with a 1.85 E.R.A. in 78.0 innings while only walking 19. To add to that resume, although postseason does not effect who wins the Award, Familia has pitched 9.2 innings of two hit shutout baseball. 

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