7.) The Save – Let us say the starter pitches 6 innings then the team goes to the bullpen and the first guy manages to pitch a scoreless 7th and 8th inning. Then comes the closer, who gives up 2 runs in the 9th but the team escapes with a 1 run win, who really deserves that stat. Also, did you know that if a pitcher starts pitching with 2 outs in the ninth and a man on first up three and gets the out, it’s a save.
6.) Pancake Blocks – An already dubious statistic is not helped by the fact that it sounds like the type of lego kids are certainly most likely to choke on. I’m not entirely convinced this stat wasn’t made up by madden to give the o-line another statistic.
5.) Wins – It’s pretty common knowledge that wins are not telling of how good a pitcher is. No other team sport breaks down wins for an individual player. The prime example of this is when Felix Hernandez won the Cy Young in 2010 with a record of 13-12. If you allow 11 runs in 5 innings, but your team scores 12, you get a win.
4.) First Inning Runs – a weirdly common stat considering you play nine. Pretty much just means you have a solid leadoff hitter. The Mets used to do this thing where Jose Reyes would walk, steal second, move to third on a grounder, than come home on a sac fly. Often, that was the only run they scored all game.
3.) Time of Possession – Seems counterintuitive that this stat would be meaningless but every year you hear about the great teams at the top of this category, but you never hear about the good ones at the bottom as well. In 2014 the eagles finished last in this category but first in the NFC east. The Pats, Bengals, and Chiefs occupied the middle.
2.) Per 48 – The leader in this illustrious NBA stat is Jordan McRae. He is followed by Jeff Ayers, Pat Connaughton, and Luis Montero. Any stat that Brain Scalabrine could feasibly dominate is not a stat that should be kept. I will say however, that if you pick out the big names (such as Steph from 15th) this list is fairly solid.
1.) The Hold – Like the save but for the 8th inning. Or the 7th. Or even the 6th.