Thursday, October 02, 2008

Why Stop At Two Saves for Maddux

Steve Gilbert from is using some really curious math in his article, "Maddux earns a double save for LA," specifically utilizing an interesting perspective on Greg Maddux's ninth-inning relief performance last night:

CHICAGO -- Greg Maddux picked up a save on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Not the kind of save that's reflected in the box score, but one that is registered with his teammates and manager.

Maddux tossed a scoreless ninth in the Dodgers' 7-2 win over the Cubs, and in the process, he saved Los Angeles manager Joe Torre from having to go to closer Takashi Saito, who was on the disabled list from July 18 to Sept. 13 with a partially torn ligament in his elbow.

"It was huge," Torre said of Maddux's outing, "because we only used Saito once back-to-back since we brought him off the DL, so it just gave us an opportunity to save him."

So let me get this straight. Maddux didn't get credit for a statistical save, having entered the ninth with a 7-2 lead. But he did "save" the Dodgers' use of Takashi Saito. Okay, so count that as "save" #1, dubious as this may be.

Where the hell is this save #2 that you mention in the article's headline?

And since we're at it, why stop at two saves (even if you only mention one)? How about the fact that Maddux "saved" the Dodgers from using Joe Beimel, James McDonald, and Chan Ho Park last night (three more "saves" right there!)? Or the fact that he "saved" us from having the Cubs tie the score, which may have prevented Juan Pierre from getting a late-game at bat (one more "save"!)? Or how about Maddux's relief appearance being so unusual that it probably gave the tbs broadcasting team something else to talk about in the final frame (two "saves" there; one each for Dick Stockton and Tony Gwynn)?

Save me. Please.