Why Saves Are a Worthless Statistic

Pick the best reliever:

IP K BB H ERA WHIP WPA
Player A 65.1 74 34 53 2.34 1.33 3.24
Player B 66 73 7 54 2.05 0.92 1.75
Player C 63.1 70 17 42 1.42 0.93 3.26
Player D 68.1 74 6 41 1.45 0.69 4.36

Just a thought before jumping on the MVP bandwagon.

6 comments… add one

  • YF September 22, 2008, 10:26 am
  • Fair enough. I’ll add him momentarily.

    Paul SF September 22, 2008, 11:05 am
  • Think of it this way: K-Rod could have blown an additional 15 saves and the Angels might still have won the division handily. The value of a good closer during the regular season is momentarily very high, and only in that moment highly dependent upon the performances of everyone else on the team. I see no reason why K-Rod (or Paps, or any other closer) should be within 500 miles of sniffing an MVP trophy.

    SF September 22, 2008, 12:13 pm
  • i find certain statistics to be worthless when they don’t support the argument for my player… ;)

    dc September 22, 2008, 2:48 pm
  • Odd comment, given the lists clearly portray a Yankee as the top reliever, followed by a Twin.

    Paul SF September 22, 2008, 2:57 pm
  • you missed the smiley…
    truthfully, i didn’t even look at the comparison, i just wanted to insert my joke, which really pokes fun at me…is the yankee mo or veras? [another smiley]

    dc September 22, 2008, 4:33 pm

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