Saturday, November 23, 2013

Senators Saturday - Ron Kline, 1964.

1964 was Ron Kline's second season with the Washington Senators. Kline, shown here on card 358 of the 1964 Topps set, was primarily a reliever and did well for Washington in 1963. He would do a bit better in 1964.

Kline appeared in 61 games for the Senators in 1964, all in relief and a team high. The de facto closer for the team, he finished 52 games. Of those 52, 14 were saves (best on the team), 10 wins, and seven losses.

In 81.1 innings pitched Ron posted a 2.32 ERA and a 1.254 WHIP. That ERA was low enough to be the team leader and the WHIP was the second best coming out of the pen.

While Ron Kline was not an All-Star reliever, he was a breath of fresh air for the pitching-starved Senators. His consistent performance out of the pen was a relief. The money spent to purchase his contract from the Tigers in 1963 appeared to be money well spent. Ron had a slot in the pen for 1965, he just needed to take advantage of it and keep working improve his performance.

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