i think somebody (guess i just nominated myself) needs to classify jason isringhausen's "saves" this season. the last couple of years, it seems as if every outing goes like last night's -- he uses 25 pitches and every last inch of clearance before he finally gets the game parked in the hangar. but really, how common are those close calls?
i propose the following cataloguing method -- subject to comments and suggestions from all of you:
- a "shutdown" save is one in which izzy retires the side in order.
- a "solid save" is one in which nobody advances into scoring position.
- a "shaky save" is one in which either a) at least one run scores, or b) the tying run advances into scoring position.
- a "cliffhanger" is one where the winning run advances into scoring position.
by this method, last night's save was a cliffhanger; sounds about right to me.