A week ago, I wrote an article detailing the importance of an elite closer for a team looking to win the World Series. á This article, ôDoes a Team Really Need a Dominant Closer to Win the World Series?ö reviewed the major league playoffs since the establishment of the wild-card format and compared the efficiency of the closer for the team that won the World Series to the team that lost the World Series. á My results were predictable, but nonetheless significant, as my data showed that closers for a team that captured the World Series championship saved 68 of a possible 72 games in postseason opportunities, a pretty nifty save rate of 94.4 percent. á Meanwhile, closers for teams that lost the World Series didn't fare so well, blowing more games in fewer chances, an overall save rate o ...
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