Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Boog Powell’s debut, Ryan Webb’s and Matt Albers’ ongoing pursuit of history, and the ethics of baseball injuries, then discuss some early-season evidence that the save stat’s grasp on manager’s minds is starting to slip.
- Changes in bullpen use
- Save distribution
- Pitcher usage in high leverage situations
- Managerial decisions
- Episode 755 follow-up: Boog Powell made his MLB debut as a pinch hitter and then was pinch hit for before he could bat.
- Ryan Webb and Matt Albers: With three games finished without a save, Albers has 102 games finished without a save. Ryan Webb is still at 105.
- How fans should feel about non-serious injuries to rival team players
- New York Mets pitcher injuries
- Ben describes his initial banter as "more meaningless than usual".
- There is no significant change yet this season (as compared to this point in the last five seasons) in average length of relief outings.
- There is a small drop in the percentage of saves that are being earned by team's top relievers
- Effectively Wild Episode 1052: The State of the Save
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