Phil Coke notched an adventurous first save yesterday, and he had some interesting thoughts about closing that he shared after the game. From the Daily News:
“It’s totally, totally different than I imagined it would be,” the 26-year-old lefty reliever said of trying to lock down the final outs. “It’s not the sixth, seventh [...]
Here is an interesting thought, courtesy of Tim Marchman:
But for all the money teams spend on pitching, John Dewan of Baseball Info Solutions, a data company that works for major-league teams, is bewildered by situations like this. “In a three-run game,” he says, “you’d be better off bringing in your No. 2 reliever [...]
One debate that often comes up between the traditional fan and those who employ sabermetrics is the role of the closer, and late inning relievers in general. Sabermetricians would argue that runs in the 8th and 9th innings count no more and no less than those in the 1st, suggesting that having a cold-blooded closer [...]
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