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RRGL1 wrote:To earn a save the pitcher must
A. Pitch last for his team in a game his team wins AND
B. Not be the winning pitcher AND
C.
1. Pitch at least 1 inning (3 outs) with no more than a 3 run lead OR
2. Pitch with the potential tying run on base, at bat, or on deck.
So basically, part C.2. is the tricky part. I think of it this way: if the number of men on base + the number of outs remaining in the 9th is equal to or less than the lead, then a save is earned.
Example: 2 on, 1 out, 4 run lead. Closer enters the 9th and gets the final 2 outs and he gets a save. 2 on + 2 outs remaining equals the lead of 4. 1 on, 1 out, 4 run lead. Closer enters the 9th and gets the final 2 outs and does not get a save. 1 on + 2 outs remaining is less than the lead of 4.
Hope that helps.
Also see http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/offic ... ations.jsp
Chip1010 wrote:RRGL1 wrote:To earn a save the pitcher must
A. Pitch last for his team in a game his team wins AND
B. Not be the winning pitcher AND
C.
1. Pitch at least 1 inning (3 outs) with no more than a 3 run lead OR
2. Pitch with the potential tying run on base, at bat, or on deck.
So basically, part C.2. is the tricky part. I think of it this way: if the number of men on base + the number of outs remaining in the 9th is equal to or less than the lead, then a save is earned.
Example: 2 on, 1 out, 4 run lead. Closer enters the 9th and gets the final 2 outs and he gets a save. 2 on + 2 outs remaining equals the lead of 4. 1 on, 1 out, 4 run lead. Closer enters the 9th and gets the final 2 outs and does not get a save. 1 on + 2 outs remaining is less than the lead of 4.
Hope that helps.
Also see http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/offic ... ations.jsp
Not that it's relevant to why Jones didn't get a save, but there's one more caveat to the rule I'll throw in: If a pitcher "pitches effectively for at least three innings," he can earn a save. It's subjective and decided by the official scorer, from what I understand.
So, basically, even if your team is up by 14, you can get a save if you pitch the seventh, eighth and ninth. I'm pretty sure that only happens in video games, though.
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