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Old 04-08-2018, 06:46 PM
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Default A save in a 20-1 game? You bet!!!

On Saturday, Jake Thompson of the Phillies came in to start the 7th inning to relieve starter Vince Velasquez. Thompson pitched very well for three innings and earned a save. When Thompson came in, the score was 19-1 Philadelphia over the Marlins (it finished at 20-1). I've never seen a save on such a lopsided game. By rule, he certainly earned the save (more so than a lot of pitchers who pitch to only a batter or two). Has anyone ever seen a save awarded in such a lopsided performance (before the reliever came in)?
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Old 04-08-2018, 07:50 PM
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Pitching the last three innings of the game your team wins is one of the criteria to award a save regardless of the score.

I would be willing to bet that there have been more saves because of this rule, than there have been losses credited to a pitcher entering the game with an 18 run lead.


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Old 04-08-2018, 08:17 PM
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All i know is the Phillies manager was happy to face the Marlins.....the perfect time to play them after so much criticism ..

The marlins look like a 120+ loss team...
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Old 04-08-2018, 09:24 PM
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Someone got a save several years ago in a 30-3 game. Nuts!

The save is a stat that is in dire need of tweaking.
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:30 PM
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I didn't know that! Thanks for sharing! I personally feel like a save should only occur in a 1 run game or 2 runs if there is a runner on base... Winning by 3 to start the 9th doesn't seem too too hard (for pro's, probably tough for an amateur like me!). I'm curious to see how many blown saves there have been with a 3 run lead (% wise)
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Old 04-10-2018, 11:58 AM
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The "Save" should factor the following:
  • Inning entered into the game (to qualify for a save vs win)
  • Runs ahead at the time
  • Innings pitched during appearance
  • Average runs scored per games across the league
  • Situational Run Opportunity (which factors in # of outs and runners on (specific) base(s) when entering the game)

The actual formula is left to the student.
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