From: Todd B
To: Steve P
Date: 11/25/03 11:13 pm
Subject: SP78 Save Question
OK, here’s the situation: Orioles lead the Royals 3-1 in the last of the ninth…McGregor has been pitching great for the O’s, but he’s tiring, and gives up a hit and a walk with two outs. I bring in reliever Don Stanhouse, who promptly gives up a single to load the bases, then walks George Brett to push across a run, making the score 3-2. Amos Otis then grounds out to third to end the game.
Now, I know that there’s a ‘relief pitcher must pitch effectively for three innings’ rule, but does that hold true for a pitcher who’s in any other save situation? As in, Stanhouse got the out, and ‘saved’ the game, but does he earn a save even though he didn’t really pitch effectively?
Thanks in advance for your input. The crew at the Northwestern University office had a little trouble with this one…