Boston Red Sox

Jun 23, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Josh Taylor (38) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Taylor may not be a 2021 All-Star, but he’s one of the hottest relievers in all of baseball, and he’s on the verge of history.

Taylor is closing in on a Red Sox franchise record after recording his 26th straight appearance without allowing a run. Thanks to research from Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, we know that the Red Sox franchise record is 27, and it happened fairly recently: Koji Uehara had 27 straight scoreless appearances in 2013. That season turned out well for Boston.

Back to Taylor. He hasn’t allowed a run since April 24. In the time since, he’s struck out 28 over 21 2/3 scoreless innings and lowered his ERA by over seven runs – from 9.72 to 2.70.

Barnes has kept his ERA (2.68) low all season and is second in the American League with 19 saves, so he ultimately got the All-Star nod. But Taylor has been excellent since late April, and is a big reason why the Red Sox have the AL’s third-best bullpen era at 3.45.

We’ll see if Taylor can add “record breaker” to his resume. But even if he falters at the end and can’t set a new mark, the streak is already impressive enough.

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