Saucier pitched for five years in the majors, winning 15 games and saving 19 more for the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers from 1978-1982. He pitched in 40 games in relief for the Phillies in 1980 and recorded seven wins, which would be his career high. He saved 13 games the following year for the Tigers while posting a 1.65 ERA in 38 games. Saucier’s control abandoned him in 1982 and he promptly retired, saying, “sometimes I was afraid I was going to kill somebody. ‘It’s really a lot of pressure on you when you’re out there and you don’t know where the ball is going to go.” (New York Times, April 13, 1983)
Saucier pitched in one game of the 1980 World Series for the Phillies. He recorded two outs in the sixth inning of Game 4 against the Kansas City Royals. He did not give up a hit, but did walk two hitters. The Phillies lost the game 5-3, but won the series in six games.
Kevin Saucier – career stats