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I think errors serve their purpose. I'd say that I agree with the official scorer 90% of the time, whereas the judgments about which ball a faster player might have reached are very hard to discern. I like having the advanced stats, but I like having errors as well.

Unearned runs, however, are much more troublesome. Brach comes in and allows a baserunner, Davis makes an error that could have been the third out, and two unearned runs go to Jimenez. Well, OK, sort of, though it seems odd that the result for him is any different than if the two runs had scored on a double that Brach had given up. Then Brach serves up a three-run dinger on the next pitch, but none of the runs he allowed are charged to him as earned, even though they were totally preventable. That all seems kind of arbitrary and crazy. I kind of liked Bill James' proposed approach in his Win Shares book -- assign half of the "unearned" runs to the pitcher. That's not perfect, but it's a better rough approximation of responsibility than assigning nothing to the pitcher.

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You took my words and thoughts.

Of course, if he allows no earned runs, it is significantly harder to blow saves. Not impossible, but difficult.

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Of course, if he allows no earned runs, it is significantly harder to blow saves. Not impossible, but difficult.

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Oriole era ('54-present) leaders in blown saves without allowing a run (earned or otherwise):

                                                                                                                                                   Rk                 Player        #Matching  W L  W-L%  ERA GS CG SHO SV   IP  H R ER HR BB SO WHIP SB CS  WPA DFS(DK) DFS(FD)                    Tm1             Sparky Lyle    29 Ind. Games 13 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 45.1 38 0  0  0 13 22 1.13  0  1                 -1.9          BOSNYYTEXPHI2            Kent Tekulve    25 Ind. Games 10 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 33.0 33 0  0  0 19 12 1.58  4  1                 -2.5                PITPHI3            Jesse Orosco    25 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 31.0 25 0  0  0 22 20 1.52  7  2                 -1.8          NYMLADMILBAL4            Rich Gossage    21 Ind. Games 10 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 42.1 32 0  0  0 20 45 1.23  4  1                 -0.2    CHWPITNYYSDPCHCTEX5        Paul Assenmacher    21 Ind. Games  6 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 18.1 20 0  0  0 12 21 1.75  3  0                 -2.7       ATLCHCNYYCHWCLE6          Rollie Fingers    20 Ind. Games 11 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 50.1 32 0  0  0 22 33 1.07  4  2                  0.8             OAKSDPMIL7            Jeff Reardon    19 Ind. Games  7 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 25.1 28 0  0  0 10 17 1.50  4  1                 -2.0       NYMMONMINBOSATL8          Lindy McDaniel    19 Ind. Games  7 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 27.1 29 0  0  0  8 21 1.35  3  2                 -1.8       STLCHCSFGNYYKCR9            Bruce Sutter    18 Ind. Games  9 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 26.0 19 0  0  0 14 22 1.27  9  1                 -2.2             CHCSTLATL10         Darold Knowles    18 Ind. Games  7 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 18.1 25 0  0  0  9  6 1.85  0  0                 -2.5    WSAOAKCHCTEXMONSTL11             Steve Howe    18 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 20.2 21 0  0  0 10  9 1.50  2  0                 -1.4             LADMINNYY12            Buddy Groom    18 Ind. Games  3 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 14.2 24 0  0  0  6  6 2.05  2  0                 -4.0             DETOAKBAL13            John Franco    18 Ind. Games  3 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 21.1 24 0  0  0 18 22 1.97  2  2                 -2.0                CINNYM14           Hoyt Wilhelm    17 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 31.1 25 0  0  0 10 20 1.12  1  2                 -0.6       NYGBALCHWCALATL15            Jeff Nelson    17 Ind. Games  3 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 16.1 12 0  0  0 11 11 1.41  1  0                 -1.2             SEANYYCHW16           Gary Lavelle    17 Ind. Games  6 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 27.2 15 0  0  0 13 26 1.01  4  0                 -0.6             SFGTOROAK17            John Hiller    17 Ind. Games 10 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 35.0 28 0  0  0 16 41 1.26  4  0                 -0.7                   DET18               Roy Face    17 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 15.2 20 0  0  0  7  8 1.72  1  0                 -3.5                PITDET19           Clay Carroll    17 Ind. Games  9 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 20.1 16 0  0  0  6  9 1.08  2  0                 -1.6          ATLCINCHWSTL20       Willie Hernandez    16 Ind. Games  6 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 18.2 14 0  0  0  8 19 1.18  4  0                 -0.6             CHCPHIDET21           Mike Stanton    15 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 14.1 12 0  0  0  7 15 1.33  2  1                 -1.0    ATLBOSNYYNYMWSNSFG22             Phil Regan    15 Ind. Games  8 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 25.1 21 0  0  0  2 20 0.91  2  1                 -1.7                LADCHC23         Paul Quantrill    15 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 12.0 18 0  0  0  6  7 2.00  0  0                 -2.8          BOSTORLADNYY24            Don McMahon    15 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 22.0 19 0  0  0 15 15 1.55  2  1                 -2.5       MLNHOUCLEBOSSFG25          Chuck McElroy    15 Ind. Games  2 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0  9.2 12 0  0  0  7  8 1.97  0  0                 -1.9 CHCCINCALANACHWCOLSDPRk                 Player        #Matching  W L  W-L%  ERA GS CG SHO SV   IP  H R ER HR BB SO WHIP SB CS  WPA DFS(DK) DFS(FD)                    Tm26            Greg Harris    15 Ind. Games  6 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 32.2 26 0  0  0 19 24 1.38  2  2                  1.2                TEXBOS27          Bill Campbell    15 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 35.2 27 0  0  0 18 26 1.26  2  1                  0.2                MINBOS28          Ted Abernathy    15 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 17.1 14 0  0  0 12 14 1.50  0  2                 -2.4 WSHCLECHCATLCINSTLKCR29             Mike Myers    14 Ind. Games  0       0 0.00  0  0   0  0  5.0 13 0  0  0  2  5 3.00  1  0                 -2.0    DETCOLARIBOSNYYCHW30            Greg Minton    14 Ind. Games  6 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 24.0 20 0  0  0 15 10 1.46  2  2                 -0.7                SFGCAL31             Tug McGraw    14 Ind. Games  2 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 17.0 17 0  0  0  8 12 1.47  2  0                 -1.6                NYMPHI32      Roberto Hernandez    14 Ind. Games  7 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 20.2 18 0  0  0  9 17 1.31  6  1                 -1.5    CHWSFGTBDATLPHINYM33         Larry Andersen    14 Ind. Games  1 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 14.2 16 0  0  0  9  7 1.70  4  2                 -1.9       SEAPHIHOUBOSSDP34            Juan Agosto    14 Ind. Games  1 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 15.2 10 0  0  0 10  8 1.28  2  0                 -1.5             CHWHOUSTL35            Mike Timlin    13 Ind. Games  2 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 16.2 24 0  0  0  6  5 1.80  2  0                 -1.8          TORSEASTLBOS36          Randy Moffitt    13 Ind. Games  2 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 13.2 14 0  0  0  5 12 1.39  1  0                 -2.1             SFGHOUTOR37         Tippy Martinez    13 Ind. Games  2 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 13.1 17 0  0  0  9  7 1.95  1  1                 -2.3                   BAL38          Mike Marshall    13 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 22.0 22 0  0  0 12 16 1.55  0  1                 -1.4       DETMONLADTEXMIN39            Joe Hoerner    13 Ind. Games  1 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 12.0 14 0  0  0  5  8 1.58  0  0                 -2.4       STLPHIATLKCRCIN40         Scott Garrelts    13 Ind. Games  3 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 19.0 14 0  0  0 12 20 1.37  7  0                 -1.8                   SFG41         Danny Frisella    13 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 17.1 18 0  0  0  9 18 1.56  1  0                 -2.0             NYMATLMIL42           Gerry Staley    12 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 13.2 11 0  0  0  4  2 1.10  0  0                 -1.8             STLCHWKCA43         Rich Rodriguez    12 Ind. Games  0       0 0.00  0  0   0  0  6.1 11 0  0  0  6  3 2.68  2  1                 -1.3          SDPSFGCLETEX44           Kent Mercker    12 Ind. Games  0       0 0.00  0  0   0  0  5.1 12 0  0  0  5  4 3.19  1  0                 -2.1             ATLCOLCIN45             Todd Jones    12 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 13.0 16 0  0  0  5  9 1.62  0  0                 -2.4    HOUDETMINCOLCINFLA46            Matt Herges    12 Ind. Games  2 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0  9.0 14 0  0  0  6  7 2.22  1  0                 -2.1 LADMONSDPSFGFLACOLCLE47             Bill Henry    12 Ind. Games  1 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 13.0 13 0  0  0  2 11 1.15  2  1                 -2.0          BOSCHCCINSFG48            Gene Garber    12 Ind. Games  3 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 14.1 16 0  0  0  7 11 1.60  2  1                 -1.2             PITPHIATL49          Chad Bradford    12 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 11.2 12 0  0  0  2  6 1.20  1  0                 -0.5             OAKBALTBR50              Jack Aker    12 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 11.1 15 0  0  0  5  3 1.76  1  1                 -2.7       KCAOAKSEPNYYCHC

Less common today because you have to allow someone else's baserunner to score and today's closers usually start the 9th.

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Oriole era ('54-present) leaders in blown saves without allowing a run (earned or otherwise):
                                                                                                                                                   Rk                 Player        #Matching  W L  W-L%  ERA GS CG SHO SV   IP  H R ER HR BB SO WHIP SB CS  WPA DFS(DK) DFS(FD)                    Tm1             Sparky Lyle    29 Ind. Games 13 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 45.1 38 0  0  0 13 22 1.13  0  1                 -1.9          BOSNYYTEXPHI2            Kent Tekulve    25 Ind. Games 10 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 33.0 33 0  0  0 19 12 1.58  4  1                 -2.5                PITPHI3            Jesse Orosco    25 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 31.0 25 0  0  0 22 20 1.52  7  2                 -1.8          NYMLADMILBAL4            Rich Gossage    21 Ind. Games 10 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 42.1 32 0  0  0 20 45 1.23  4  1                 -0.2    CHWPITNYYSDPCHCTEX5        Paul Assenmacher    21 Ind. Games  6 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 18.1 20 0  0  0 12 21 1.75  3  0                 -2.7       ATLCHCNYYCHWCLE6          Rollie Fingers    20 Ind. Games 11 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 50.1 32 0  0  0 22 33 1.07  4  2                  0.8             OAKSDPMIL7            Jeff Reardon    19 Ind. Games  7 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 25.1 28 0  0  0 10 17 1.50  4  1                 -2.0       NYMMONMINBOSATL8          Lindy McDaniel    19 Ind. Games  7 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 27.1 29 0  0  0  8 21 1.35  3  2                 -1.8       STLCHCSFGNYYKCR9            Bruce Sutter    18 Ind. Games  9 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 26.0 19 0  0  0 14 22 1.27  9  1                 -2.2             CHCSTLATL10         Darold Knowles    18 Ind. Games  7 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 18.1 25 0  0  0  9  6 1.85  0  0                 -2.5    WSAOAKCHCTEXMONSTL11             Steve Howe    18 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 20.2 21 0  0  0 10  9 1.50  2  0                 -1.4             LADMINNYY12            Buddy Groom    18 Ind. Games  3 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 14.2 24 0  0  0  6  6 2.05  2  0                 -4.0             DETOAKBAL13            John Franco    18 Ind. Games  3 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 21.1 24 0  0  0 18 22 1.97  2  2                 -2.0                CINNYM14           Hoyt Wilhelm    17 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 31.1 25 0  0  0 10 20 1.12  1  2                 -0.6       NYGBALCHWCALATL15            Jeff Nelson    17 Ind. Games  3 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 16.1 12 0  0  0 11 11 1.41  1  0                 -1.2             SEANYYCHW16           Gary Lavelle    17 Ind. Games  6 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 27.2 15 0  0  0 13 26 1.01  4  0                 -0.6             SFGTOROAK17            John Hiller    17 Ind. Games 10 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 35.0 28 0  0  0 16 41 1.26  4  0                 -0.7                   DET18               Roy Face    17 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 15.2 20 0  0  0  7  8 1.72  1  0                 -3.5                PITDET19           Clay Carroll    17 Ind. Games  9 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 20.1 16 0  0  0  6  9 1.08  2  0                 -1.6          ATLCINCHWSTL20       Willie Hernandez    16 Ind. Games  6 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 18.2 14 0  0  0  8 19 1.18  4  0                 -0.6             CHCPHIDET21           Mike Stanton    15 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 14.1 12 0  0  0  7 15 1.33  2  1                 -1.0    ATLBOSNYYNYMWSNSFG22             Phil Regan    15 Ind. Games  8 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 25.1 21 0  0  0  2 20 0.91  2  1                 -1.7                LADCHC23         Paul Quantrill    15 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 12.0 18 0  0  0  6  7 2.00  0  0                 -2.8          BOSTORLADNYY24            Don McMahon    15 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 22.0 19 0  0  0 15 15 1.55  2  1                 -2.5       MLNHOUCLEBOSSFG25          Chuck McElroy    15 Ind. Games  2 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0  9.2 12 0  0  0  7  8 1.97  0  0                 -1.9 CHCCINCALANACHWCOLSDPRk                 Player        #Matching  W L  W-L%  ERA GS CG SHO SV   IP  H R ER HR BB SO WHIP SB CS  WPA DFS(DK) DFS(FD)                    Tm26            Greg Harris    15 Ind. Games  6 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 32.2 26 0  0  0 19 24 1.38  2  2                  1.2                TEXBOS27          Bill Campbell    15 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 35.2 27 0  0  0 18 26 1.26  2  1                  0.2                MINBOS28          Ted Abernathy    15 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 17.1 14 0  0  0 12 14 1.50  0  2                 -2.4 WSHCLECHCATLCINSTLKCR29             Mike Myers    14 Ind. Games  0       0 0.00  0  0   0  0  5.0 13 0  0  0  2  5 3.00  1  0                 -2.0    DETCOLARIBOSNYYCHW30            Greg Minton    14 Ind. Games  6 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 24.0 20 0  0  0 15 10 1.46  2  2                 -0.7                SFGCAL31             Tug McGraw    14 Ind. Games  2 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 17.0 17 0  0  0  8 12 1.47  2  0                 -1.6                NYMPHI32      Roberto Hernandez    14 Ind. Games  7 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 20.2 18 0  0  0  9 17 1.31  6  1                 -1.5    CHWSFGTBDATLPHINYM33         Larry Andersen    14 Ind. Games  1 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 14.2 16 0  0  0  9  7 1.70  4  2                 -1.9       SEAPHIHOUBOSSDP34            Juan Agosto    14 Ind. Games  1 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 15.2 10 0  0  0 10  8 1.28  2  0                 -1.5             CHWHOUSTL35            Mike Timlin    13 Ind. Games  2 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 16.2 24 0  0  0  6  5 1.80  2  0                 -1.8          TORSEASTLBOS36          Randy Moffitt    13 Ind. Games  2 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 13.2 14 0  0  0  5 12 1.39  1  0                 -2.1             SFGHOUTOR37         Tippy Martinez    13 Ind. Games  2 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 13.1 17 0  0  0  9  7 1.95  1  1                 -2.3                   BAL38          Mike Marshall    13 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 22.0 22 0  0  0 12 16 1.55  0  1                 -1.4       DETMONLADTEXMIN39            Joe Hoerner    13 Ind. Games  1 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 12.0 14 0  0  0  5  8 1.58  0  0                 -2.4       STLPHIATLKCRCIN40         Scott Garrelts    13 Ind. Games  3 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 19.0 14 0  0  0 12 20 1.37  7  0                 -1.8                   SFG41         Danny Frisella    13 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 17.1 18 0  0  0  9 18 1.56  1  0                 -2.0             NYMATLMIL42           Gerry Staley    12 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 13.2 11 0  0  0  4  2 1.10  0  0                 -1.8             STLCHWKCA43         Rich Rodriguez    12 Ind. Games  0       0 0.00  0  0   0  0  6.1 11 0  0  0  6  3 2.68  2  1                 -1.3          SDPSFGCLETEX44           Kent Mercker    12 Ind. Games  0       0 0.00  0  0   0  0  5.1 12 0  0  0  5  4 3.19  1  0                 -2.1             ATLCOLCIN45             Todd Jones    12 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 13.0 16 0  0  0  5  9 1.62  0  0                 -2.4    HOUDETMINCOLCINFLA46            Matt Herges    12 Ind. Games  2 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0  9.0 14 0  0  0  6  7 2.22  1  0                 -2.1 LADMONSDPSFGFLACOLCLE47             Bill Henry    12 Ind. Games  1 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 13.0 13 0  0  0  2 11 1.15  2  1                 -2.0          BOSCHCCINSFG48            Gene Garber    12 Ind. Games  3 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 14.1 16 0  0  0  7 11 1.60  2  1                 -1.2             PITPHIATL49          Chad Bradford    12 Ind. Games  5 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 11.2 12 0  0  0  2  6 1.20  1  0                 -0.5             OAKBALTBR50              Jack Aker    12 Ind. Games  4 0 1.000 0.00  0  0   0  0 11.1 15 0  0  0  5  3 1.76  1  1                 -2.7       KCAOAKSEPNYYCHC

Less common today because you have to allow someone else's baserunner to score and today's closers usually start the 9th.

50 in 62 years, some 9500+ games. I think that proves my point. Pretty rare.

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It appears to be Rob Murphy at 0.72 in 1986. Min 50 IP. At 60 it's Britton. 70 Wade Davis.

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent]Zach Britton[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent]Wade Davis[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: right]72[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: right]28[/TD]

[TD=bgcolor: transparent]KCR[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent]Craig Kimbrel[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: right]62.2[/TD]

[TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: right]1.01[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent]Rollie Fingers[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent]Jonathan Papelbon[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: right]68.1[/TD]

[TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: right]1.05[/TD]

[TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: right]2006[/TD]

[TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: right]25[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent]Cla Meredith[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: right]50.2[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent]Wade Davis[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent]KCR[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent]Fernando Rodney[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: right]74.2[/TD]

[TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: right]1.09[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent]Eric O'Flaherty[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent]ATL[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent]Dennis Eckersley[/TD]

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[TD=bgcolor: transparent, align: right]73.1[/TD]

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I care a lot more about him not blowing any remaining saves than whether he allows any earned runs the rest of the way.

Unless there are errors, him breaking the record would take care of that itself.

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50 in 62 years, some 9500+ games. I think that proves my point. Pretty rare.

The formatting didn't come out lined up very well, but the BS with no runs was the column that starts with 29. Sparky Lyle had 29 blown saves in his career where he wasn't charged with a run, or almost 1/3rd of his 95 career blown saves.

Tippy Martinez had 13.

Yes, it's fairly uncommon, but this year there have been 109 in 2300 and some odd games. So roughly one in every 21 games.

Here's a good example: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BAL/BAL201606210.shtml The same game where Britton allowed all his unearned runs Oliver Drake got a zero-run blown save. He came in with the bases loaded and no one out, threw a wild pitch that tied the game and got charged with a blown save.

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Rodney gave up 5 ER in 74.2 IP. Zach has given up 4 ER in 64.1 IP. He can't give up another run or he won't break the record.

Absolutely not true. Zack can give up one more run- as long as he pitches 10.2 more innings, then he'll still break the record. :beerchug1:

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Posted this in a separate thread, probably belonged in here. Great article on Zach Britton at Bleacher Report.

The Improbable Journey of Baseball's Best Closer

Watching on television, through the eye of the center field camera, the pitch looks unhittable.

Standing at home plate, with a bat in your hands, it looks just about the same.

"A devastating pitch," Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria said. "Really hard, and with tremendous sink. It looks straight until it gets to the plate, and then it goes down."

Zach Britton throws it, game after game, pitch after pitch. Hitters pound it into the ground, or they just whiff. According to FanGraphs, their batting average against it was .154, the slugging percentage was .197, and nearly 30 percent of the time they swung, they missed, through Sept. 24.

The average velocity: 96.3 mph.

"It's the best left-handed sinker I've ever seen," said one American League scout with decades of experience watching thousands of pitches.

"He's kind of like the modern-day Mariano Rivera," Longoria said. "Basically just one pitch, but it's a devastating pitch."

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