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Friday, October 31, 2014

Madison Bumgarner overload? But initially getting a win instead of a save?

Madison Bumgarner had his name repeated as nauseam before, during and after game seven of the Major Baseball League (MBL) finals on both the MLB Network and Fox.  Maybe that influenced the THREE official scorers to initially give Bumgarner credit for the win.

Win or Save? A Rule Based on Judgment
In Reversal, Scorers Give Giants' Madison Bumgarner a Save and Jeremy Affeldt a Win
By BENJAMIN HOFFMAN  The New York Times  OCT. 30, 2014
Jeremy Affeldt
Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants was credited with the victory ... About 50 minutes after the game, it was announced that the official record would be changed to give the victory to Jeremy Affeldt, the pitcher of record when the Giants took the lead, 3-2, in the fourth inning...

The scorers for the game were David Boyce, the Royals’ regular scorer; Jeff Passan of Yahoo; and Jose de Jesus Ortiz of The Houston Chronicle...

In general, if a starting pitcher does not complete five innings, and the score is tied, a victory is assigned to the pitcher of record when the lead changed hands. The exception is when the scorer determines the reliever of record was ineffective.

Not only was Affeldt the pitcher of record when his team took the lead, which it never relinquished, but Affeldt relieved starter Tim Hudson in the  bottom of the second inning with two runs in, two out and runners on first and second.  Affeldt retired Aoki to end the inning with the score tied 2-2.  In the third inning Affeldt allowed a leadoff single to Cain, got Hosmer to ground into a DP and retired Butler.  In the top of the 4th the Giants scored the final run of the game and took a 3-2 lead.  Affeldt then pitched the bottom of the 4th and retired Gordon, Perez and Moustakas in order.  Affeldt stopped a rally, held for an inning and protected the lead for an inning.

Tim Hudson1.23221104.291028171034343041-0.1641.26-1.5
Jeremy Affeldt, W (2-0)2.11000000.007322116145110200.1641.221.4
Madison Bumgarner, S (1)52000401.0317685026121231040000.6032.012.4
Team Totals96221502.00341288852162011158041200.6031.632.4
On what planet would Affeldt not be credited with the win?  You may not like the concept of awarding wins and losses to individual pitchers but it's what drove the three stooges of official scoring to try to make an even bigger deal of Madison Bumgarner than even he deserved, which is saying a lot since Madison Bumgarner was a pretty damn big deal.

What in the name of MBL commissioner Allan Huber "Bud" Selig could have provoked such stupidity?

I fell asleep and missed the entrance of Madison Bumgarner and his first two innings.  When I awakened I turned off the sound for most of the rest of the game.  So I was not as influenced as most and did not hear any chatter about who was the pitcher of record should the Giants hold their lead.  I had recently done research on the 13 pitchers to win three games in a single World Series:

Pitchers winning three games in a World Series.  Sunday, October 26, 2014

So I was acutely aware of the significance of Bumgarner possibly winning a third game even if it was in relief.  Bumgarner's performance was certainly worthy of three wins but only if the wins were awarded according to the scoring rules as applied in 99.9% of the cases.  It seems scandalously shocking that the first relief pitcher was denied the win for even a short time.  It tracks with Bumgarner's name being mentioned continuously.  Maybe there should be a 211 game suspension.

I watched some of the post game stuff.  I turned it off when Bumgarner was about to receive his well deserved MVP trophy from a regional Chevrolet executive, who spoke about the Chevrolet vehicle that Bumgarner would also receive despite his $3,750,000 2014 salary.  Standing on the other side of Bumgarner was a beaming Bud Selig, who made his pre-baseball fortune leasing cars, maybe some from Chevrolet.  As Dinah Shore used to sing: "See the USA in a Chevrolet".

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