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
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.
|Jeremy Affeldt, W (2-0)||2.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||7||32||21||16||1||4||5||1||1||0||2||0||0.164||1.22||1.4|
|Madison Bumgarner, S (1)||5||2||0||0||0||4||0||1.03||17||68||50||26||12||12||3||10||4||0||0||0||0.603||2.01||2.4|
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".