Ender wrote:Holds are a very dangerous stat. They devalue pitching as a whole in a sport where hitting is already overvalued. Leagues with holds are almost universally poor leagues to be honest.
The best stat that I've created, and I've said this here in the past, is a REL (Relief) Stat.
It's Saves - Blown Saves + Holds + Reliever Wins - Reliever Losses.
It means that a closer who comes in and blows the save but whose team pulls it out for him in the bottom of the inning is not rewarded. Also it smooths out the value differential between closers and set-up men. An elite closer will still be worth more since they'll notch 40+ saves and the top holds guy will only get around 30 but an elite setup man has a higher overall value than a garbage closer who might tally a few more REL but it's at the expense of ERA, WHIP, and K's.
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.