Today on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, I take a look at the save statistic and determine it has little to no value.
So I am proposing a NEW stat: YOP. What is YOP? Better listen to today’s episode.
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 6, 2013
So what is the real impact of the Yankees losing Mariano Rivera?
I’m sure the Sabermetrics people who talk about how easy it is to replace 50 innings and that losing a starting pitcher or an every day player would be much worse than losing Rivera.
And David Robertson could very well turn out to be a pretty good closer. You know, 35-40 saves and a sub 3.00 ERA and some blown saves along the way.
But here is what Yankee fans need to get used to.
The 9th inning isn’t automatic anymore. Robertson is a good pitcher, but he doesn’t strike fear in anyone’s heart more than any other saves compiler.
The days of teams tightening up in the 8th inning because they know they have no chance in the 9th? That ended on the warning track in Kansas City.
EVERY other team has had to deal with this since 1996. The Yankees haven’t. Sure there were an exception for a season or two elsewhere.
Eric Gagne had that great 2003. Brad Lidge had the perfect 2008. Keith Foulke was amazing in 2004. Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner had a few dominating seasons.
But eventually they broke down.
Year in and year out, the Yankees and their fans never dealt with this.
Robertson had one shaky save yesterday and blew the save tonight.
He’ll save a few and blow a few.
You know, like “Non Rivera” closers tend to pitch.
Brace yourself, Yankee fans.
And welcome to the club.
Man those are some UGLY numbers for Heath Bell.
He had 3 blown saves in 6 chances BEFORE tonight’s blown save in Petco.
So that means he is BELOW .500 in his save percentage.
Seriously, that is pretty awful. It’s no longer April. And closers when they flame out tend to stay that way.
It’s appropriate that he imploded tonight in San Diego in front of his old team.
Think they look smart letting him walk?
Allowing Bell to walk saved the Padres $27 million, avoided his clogging up the payroll for 3 years and got the Padres the 33rd and 68th picks in the draft this year.
Folks… THAT’S how you survive as a small market.
As for the Marlins. That shopping spree looked great in the winter and I indeed picked the Marlins to go all the way.
It would be tough to do closing out a game is less than a 50/50 proposition.