Out with saves. In with S&M 

May, 11, 2010
05/11/10
4:56
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Any sabermetrician worth his salt knows there's something seriously wrong with using the save as the defining metric for baseball closers. And to get things back on track, we could all use a little S&M.

I'm talking, of course, about shutdowns and meltdowns, two new stats that have emerged in just the past couple of weeks. (What did you think I meant? Hat tip for the reference: Crashburn Alley.)

Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. He started writing "The Biz," a column looking at sports business from the fan's point of view, in 1999. He also coordinates the Magazine's annual "Ultimate Standings" project, which ranks all pro franchises according to how much they give back to fans. His work on concussions in football has earned awards from the Deadline Club, the New York Press Club and the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.
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