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August 1, 2012

BP Unfiltered

Franklin Morales, Proven Closer

by Sam Miller

Last night, Franklin Morales got a save. Here is what Franklin Morales did: 

  • Enters game, leading by three, with one runner on and one out in the inning; 
  • Gets groundout for second out; 
  • Allows single; 
  • Walks batter; 
  • Showers; 
  • Goes home; 
  • Watches Tosh.0;
  • Falls asleep. 

So how did he get a save? His horse is named Friday!!!

No wait. That's the wrong riddle. He got the save because ...

Yes, Morales was actually pitching in the sixth inning, and when the game was called on account of weather, he was given credit for getting the last out of a three-run game. He did not retire the last batter he faced. But he recorded the last out of the game.

There are all sorts of stupid ways to get a save. This is the stupidest way to get a save. We've found the stupidest way to get a save. On the one hand, who cares? I don't care. On the other, baseball is the worst and we should stop watching it henceforth. 

h/t to Matt Sussman

Sam Miller is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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Josh A

What I want to know, is how Franklin Morales singled to right field in the middle of pitching an inning. That's the thing I find most impressive.

Aug 01, 2012 08:52 AM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
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Argh I hate myself and all that I do

Aug 01, 2012 09:20 AM
 
Josh A

Your correction now makes my comment make no sense. Thanks a lot. You've made a fool of me.

Aug 01, 2012 09:54 AM
rating: 9
 
BP staff member Sam Miller
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Everybody: I screwed up and Josh A pointed it out and I changed it but he's no fool.

Aug 01, 2012 09:56 AM
 
BP staff member Russell A. Carleton
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Wes Littleton.

Aug 01, 2012 09:31 AM
 
BP staff member Geoff Young
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Jerome Williams notched his first career save on Monday night with the following line: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 1 K. The Angels actually got outscored, 5-3, while Williams was in the game.

Aug 01, 2012 09:47 AM
 
BP staff member Matt Kory
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I think what Sam (and Russell and Geoff) have shown here is that Franklin Morales, Wes Littleton, and Jerome Williams are vastly under-rated and under-paid and smart-thinking teams everywhere would do well to trade any and all assets to acquire said players.

Aug 01, 2012 09:55 AM
 
Chucko

Sorry man but the Sox aren't really into the whole "trading for assets" thing. However they will happily flip Morales for some unusable organizational depth, or perhaps a guy they had wash out last decade. Just so long as they don't have to put him back in the rotation where he out-pitched most of his moundsmen teammates over the better part of a month. Because that would make the front office look dumb and prideful, and for the sake of the fans avoiding that fate has to be the first consideration.

Aug 01, 2012 10:42 AM
rating: 1
 
Sharky

Really liked this post. Saves are dumb.

Aug 01, 2012 13:35 PM
rating: 3
 
saigonsam

He could have given up a two-run HR before getting the last out, that would have been even stupider.

Aug 02, 2012 04:49 AM
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saigonsam

I mean before hitting the showers.

Aug 02, 2012 04:49 AM
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harderj

Dave Goltz, anyone?

http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2075

Aug 02, 2012 06:48 AM
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