Hand allowed one hit and struck out two in the ninth inning to record his 20th save of the season in a 3-2 victory over the Tigers on Saturday. The 29-year-old hasn't allowed a run since May 10, going 13 appearances since permitting a runner to cross the plate. During that stretch, Hand has a 20:3 K:BB over 14 frames. Hand is also a perfect 20-for-20 in save chances with a 3-2 record, 0.88 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 30.2 innings this season.
Hand struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his 19th save of the season in a 5-2 win over the Yankees. The southpaw continues his reign as the most dominant closer in the American League. Hand is a perfect 19-for-19 in save chances, tying him with Detroit's Shane Greene for the AL saves lead, and he hasn't been scored upon in 10 straight appearances, ringing up a 15:2 K:BB over 10 innings in that stretch.
Hand secured his 18th save of the season and struck out a batter during a perfect ninth inning in Wednesday's 9-7 win over the Twins. Hand has lived up to draft-day expectations and then some in his first full season as the Tribe's closer. The lefty has yet to blow a save while sporting ratios (1.05 ERA, 0.78 WHIP) that have outshone the sterling ones he posted between the past two seasons (2.44 ERA, 1.02 WHIP). An abnormally high strand rate (92.2 percent) and unusually low BABIP (.240) have certainly helped Hand maintain the low ERA, but a 1.91 FIP (3.05 xFIP) don't suggest that significant regression is coming for the southpaw.
Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to secure the save Tuesday versus Minnesota. He did not strike out or walk a batter. Hand wasted little time Tuesday as he required only eight pitches to put down the Twins, though he did hit a batter. The 29-year-old is a perfect 17-for-17 in save opportunities and has a 1.09 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 35:7 K:BB across 24.2 innings.
Hand earned the save in Saturday's 5-2 victory over the White Sox by striking out two in a perfect inning. Hand had no issues retiring the White Sox as he delivered nine of his 11 pitches for strikes. The 29-year-old remains a perfect 16-for-16 in save opportunities and has a 1.14 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 35:7 K:BB over 23.2 innings.