On draft day every year, people seem to reach on closers. Not just that, they seem to often think that they have to get Mariano Rivera or Brian Wilson because they are on teams that win a lot of games. I mean, logic would seem to point to the fact that in order to roster a reliever with a prodigious save total he would have to pitch for a team that racked up a bushel of victories. However, does history bear this out as an accurate portrayal of what actually happens on the field?
In this study of relievers dating back to 2003, I will attempt to show that it isn’t a lead pipe cinch that you simply must have a closer from a top tier team to accrue strong save numbers. In fact, the data that follows would seem to suggest that you could do very well if you were smart about targeting the right arms, irrespective of the teams those hurlers pitch for.
To read the eight year study all you have to do is to click on the link to Where Do Saves Come From?
By Ray Flowers