NZ Eff wrote:bigh0rt wrote:
Yes, as I said, I understand the argument. It's just rubbish. Papelbon/Rivera, Jenks/Nathan, K-Rod/Putz, Hoffman/Saito. None of these closers have had issues racking up saves due to another closer in their division. This is over-thinking at it's finest.
It's not an argument it's an observation and as usual a very intelligent one at that.
If your two closers are from the same division you get 15 games where you cannot get more than 1 save from your two closers. Fact. It just can't happen.
If your two closers are from different leagues (besides them playing each other for 3 games in Inter league play which is reasonably unlikely) you do not have this issue. That is potentially 15 saves you are missing out on all things being equal. It's not a major factor but it is a factor all the same.
And my observation is that it is a non-issue. There is an exception to this observation in nearly every division, where closers rack up saves despite facing each other 13 - 15 times a season. I understand the observation, however, and think its a good track of thinking, despite disagreeing with it.