At some point, the fantasy baseball community is going to have to move away from saves being a scoring category. Some leagues have opted to go with “saves plus holds” instead — a move that broadens the scope of usable relievers and doesn’t force us into chasing saves all year.
But if you thought wins was an arbitrary statistic, good luck figuring out how holds are awarded. And until the time comes when we find a new category, we are left with saves, and the grueling task of deciphering the whims of teams and managers alike.
With most managers looking to play the matchups, we have been left with a declining number of true closers. The Padres, Indians and Blue Jays have all announced a committee approach to closing out games, and there are bullpens, like those of the Rangers, Rays and Red Sox, which remain unsettled.
If you find yourself nodding your head in shared frustration right now, you can, at least, claim a minor victory with some teams mapping out the game plan for you.
Phillies manager Joe Girardi finally put an end to the debates on the eve of Opening Day when he named Hector…