Sunday, January 13, 2013

Proposing a new stat for relievers

by: Chase Fitzgerald
Staff Writer

I had an idea for a stat a while ago called SP (Scores Preserved). To get on “SP” you had to A) not be the starting pitcher and B) get 3 consecutive outs without giving up a run. With there pretty much being no stats to judge relief pitchers besides saves and holds, I felt this stat was needed so I decided to calculate it. I found it pretty interesting how one of the most criticized and underused players on the Reds, Alfredo Simon, was second with 46 and it really sheds some light on how important he was to the team. The rest of my findings are here:

Aroldis Chapman: 61

Alfredo Simon: 46

Jonathan Broxton: 45

Sean Marshall: 40

Sam LeCure: 38

Jose Arredondo: 37

Logan Ondrusek: 32

J.J. Hoover: 23

Bill Bray: 6

Tony Cingrani: 3

Pedro Villarreal: 1

For comparison sake, I calculated some of the top closers in the league as well.

Jim Johnson: 57

Craig Kimbrel: 55

Fernando Rodney: 65

Rafael Soriano: 49

I haven’t done enough people to have a scale yet, but I think over around 53 SP’s is where the elite closers group begins. I found this pretty interesting and I would love to hear some of your thoughts on the new stat and the results in the comments.

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