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Top David Bednar News

  • Pirates' David Bednar: Remaining closer

    Bednar remains the Pirates' closer after the team signed Aroldis Chapman this offseason, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Bednar has posted three consecutive excellent seasons with the Pirates, and he's served as the closer for the latter two. It therefore hardly comes as a surprise that he's locked into the role in 2024, but manager Derek Shelton went out of his way early in camp to make clear that Bednar is first in line for saves.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Avoids arbitration with Pittsburgh

    The Pirates and Bednar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.51 million contract Thursday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    It's a sizable, well-earned raise for Bednar in what was his first year of arbitration eligibility. He's collected 61 saves while posting a 2.25 ERA and 226:56 K:BB over 179.2 innings during his time in Pittsburgh, blossoming into one of the best closers in baseball.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Finishes with 39 saves

    Bednar picked up the save in Sunday's 3-0 victory over the Marlins, striking out two over a perfect inning.

    It was a fitting way for Bednar to wrap up the campaign, striking out his final two batters to close out a 3-0 Pirates' victory. Since Aug. 30, the 28-year-old Bednar pitched to a 1.35 ERA over 13.1 innings while converting 16 straight save chances. He'll end the year with 39 saves, tied for second most in the majors, with a 2.00 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 80 strikeouts over 67.1 innings.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Locks down 38th save

    Bednar pitched a scoreless inning with one walk and two strikeouts to close out the save in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Phillies.

    Bednar continues to roll as one of the top closers this season, placing second on the saves leaderboard as of the end of Thursday's game. Notably nine of his 38 saves have come in September while pitching to a 1.62 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 15 strikeouts across 11.1 innings in that span.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Picks up 37th save

    Bednar picked up the save in Friday's 7-5 victory over the Reds. He allowed zero hits and two walks while striking out one over a scoreless inning.

    The 28-year-old right-hander is now up to 37 saves on the year, which is tied for the NL lead and trails only Emmanuel Clase (42) on the overall MLB leaderboard. Bednar has delivered a terrific 2.08 ERA with 75 strikeouts across 65 innings this season for the Pirates.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Strikes out three for 36th save

    Bednar picked up the save in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Yankees. He allowed one hit while striking out three in a scoreless inning.

    Bednar's now gone nine consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, striking out 10 in that span, while converting his last 14 save opportunities. The 28-year-old right-hander is now 36-for-39 in save chances this season with a pristine 1.86 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 72:4 K:BB across 63 innings.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Hurls perfect inning for save

    Bednar picked up the save Thursday against the Nationals, pitching a perfect inning while not recording any strikeouts.

    Bednar needed just 10 pitches to get through the top of the Nationals' lineup and secure his 35th save of the season. The 28-year-old reliever has now converted his last 12 save opportunities and has yet to allow an earned run in September. It was also the fourth time this month he didn't allow any hits or walks in an appearance.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Hangs on for 34th save

    Bednar picked up the save Wednesday against the Nationals. He allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out one over an inning.

    It certainly wasn't Bednar's cleanest outing -- he was charged with a run after allowing the first three batters to reach safely in the ninth, though he'd ultimately strike out CJ Abrams before coaxing a flyout from Lane Thomas to strand the bases loaded and seal a 7-6 victory. Bednar's now allowed just two earned runs in his last 10 outings (10 innings) while converting 11 straight save opportunities. He's up to 34 saves on the year, tied for fourth most in the majors, with a 1.92 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 69:18 K:BB through 61 innings this season.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Nails down 33rd save

    Bednar picked up the save Wednesday against the Brewers, allowing one hit while striking out two over a scoreless inning. He did not walk a batter.

    Bednar gave up a leadoff single to Andruw Monasterio in the top of the ninth but was able to retire the next three batters to nail down his 33rd save of the season. The right-hander has now converted each of his last 10 save opportunities and has not allowed a run through five September appearances. He also has not walked a batter since Aug. 19 against the Twins (spanning eight appearances).

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Breezes in 32nd save

    Bednar earned a save Monday with a perfect inning against the Brewers.

    Bednar had no trouble protecting a two-run ninth-inning lead, retiring the side in order on 13 pitches. The right-hander has successfully converted nine straight save opportunities, allowing just two earned runs over 10.1 innings while posting a 7:1 K:BB during that span. Bednar is 32-for-35 in save chances on the campaign, compiling a 2.02 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 64:16 K:BB across 58 frames.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Converts another save

    Bednar tossed a scoreless inning to earn a save against St. Louis on Saturday, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.

    Bednar came on in the ninth frame with the Pirates up one run and gave up a leadoff single to Tommy Edman before hitting Jordan Walker with a pitch. The All-Star closer then saw the tying and winning runs move into scoring position on a Masyn Winn sacrifice but was able to notch a huge strikeout of Lars Nootbaar before getting Paul Goldschmidt to ground out to end the game. Bednar has collected three saves over the past four days, allowing just an unearned run and two hits over three innings during that span. He's tied for sixth in the majors with 31 saves on the season.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Snags 30th save

    Bednar tossed one inning Friday, allowing an unearned run on his way to a save in a 4-2 extra-inning win over the Cardinals.

    Bednar was called upon to protect a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the 10th and retired all three batters he faced, though the phantom runner on second base came around to score after a couple sacrifice flies. The save was the right-hander's 30th of the season and he has now converted seven straight save chances since suffering a blown save Aug. 8 versus Atlanta. Since that miscue, Bednar has posted a 2.16 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with six punchouts in eight appearances out of Pittsburgh's bullpen.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Notches 29th save

    Bednar allowed a hit and struck out one over one scoreless inning to earn the save in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Royals.

    Bednar has converted six saves over his last seven outings, though he's given up two runs over 7.1 innings in that span. The right-hander looks to have moved past his shakiness from earlier in August to return to high-end form in the ninth inning. For the year, he's maintained a 2.13 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 63:16 K:BB with 29 saves in 32 chances over 55 innings.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Earns 28th save

    Bednar worked around a solo home run in the ninth inning to pick up the save in Friday's 2-1 win over the Cubs. He struck out one.

    After the Cubs were blanked for eight innings, Ian Happ led off the ninth with a home run to cut the deficit to one, but Bednar then closed the door to pick up his 28th save. The home run was only the second allowed by Bednar all season. He had allowed only six total earned runs through July but has now allowed seven in 11.1 August innings. Despite his recent struggles, Bednar has seven saves this month as the undisputed closing option in Pittsburgh.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Snags 27th save

    Bednar picked up the save Tuesday against the Cardinals. He allowed one hit while striking out one over a scoreless inning.

    After allowing six runs in his previous 6.1 innings, Bednar blanked the Cardinals in the ninth inning Tuesday, improving to 27-for-30 in save chances this season. Despite some shakiness of late, Bednar still has a pristine 2.08 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP and 61:16 K:BB across 52 innings this season.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Four-out save

    Bednar allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk across 1.1 innings to earn the save Saturday against the Twins.

    Bednar entered the game in the eighth inning with a one-run lead and got Christian Vazquez to ground out to end the frame. The Pirates added some insurance in the top of the ninth frame, and Bednar needed it after allowing the first three batters to reach base and a run to score in the final inning. He escaped the jam to tally his 26th save of the season, though Bednar has allowed at least one earned run in four of his last six appearances.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 250 lbs
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Age: 29
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: L, R