Dodger left-hander Scot Shields (7.5 percent).
today was named the 2008 Set-Up Man of the Year, as voted on by fans on MLB.com. The award is part of the website’s . The Taiwan native received 30.3 percent of the vote, ahead of Tampa Bay ’s (19.2 percent), the Cubs’ (17.6 percent), and the Angels’ Kuo’s 1.69 ERA (13 ER/69.1 IP) as a reliever in 2008 led the
and ranked seventh in the Majors (min. 50.0 innings). The 27-year-old bounced back from left rotator cuff and left elbow injuries in 2007 to pitch a career-high 80.0 innings over a career-best 42 games (three starts). Kuo went 5-3 with 12 holds, one save, and a 2.14 ERA overall. He finished tied for second on the Dodgers in holds with , behind only Jonathan Broxton’s 13.One of five Taiwan-born players in
, Kuo struck out 96 batters in his 80.0 innings for an average of 10.80 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. He limited the opposition to a .204 average, including a .202 mark (19-for-94) by left-handed hitters. Beginning July 27, left-handed hitters went just 3-for-23 (.130) against him.Kuo earned his first big league save on August 14 vs. Philadelphia , closing out a 3-1 win with a two scoreless innings.