it seems to me oakland is losing a lot of close games but winning blowouts. its probably because i'm an a's fan so i remember those two better. save opportunites aren't based solely on the amount of games a team wins of course, but in how they win them. the A's seem to provide save opportunites for other teams a lot, but don't seem to get many for themselves. i haven't checked the stats but the impression i've gotten this season is that the a's aren't getting many save situations. in reality they're probably around average, but for a rookie closer, and a rookie overall as well, he's most likely going to need a few consistant save situations to get a groove going and will have trouble getting them until the A's get into their annual 2nd half heat up. hopefully they'll prove me wrong and get many save situations from now on so they can win a few here.