If I’m going to replace saves with something, as I did the other day with my article on SOLDS, then I might as well replace wins too. This article will explain why we should do it and what we could replace it with.

THE WIN

How does a pitcher earn a win? Here is the official definition for starting pitchers (from MLB.com).

10.17 Winning And Losing Pitcher

(a) The official scorer shall credit as the winning pitcher that pitcher whose team assumes a lead while such pitcher is in the game, or during the inning on offense in which such pitcher is removed from the game, and does not relinquish such lead, unless
(1) such pitcher is a starting pitcher and Rule 10.17(b) applies; or
(2) Rule 10.17(c) applies.

Rule 10.17(a) Comment: Whenever the score is tied, the game becomes a new contest insofar as the winning pitcher is concerned. Once the opposing team assumes the lead, all pitchers who have pitched up to that point and have been replaced are excluded from being credited...

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