This article is part of our Mound Musings series.Holds aren't a category in too many leagues, so it can be difficult to find analysis of relief pitchers who might contribute holds rather than the more common (and usually more predictable) saves. Since it can be harder to sort through, competing in the holds category can be both frustrating and useful, but only if you consistently find the guys collecting those holds. A side benefit of checking out holds producers is the possibility that the pitcher(s) on that list could also be on the short list for future closers. Let's take a look and see if we can make figuring it out a bit easier:
The seventh inning is often a key to finding holds.
The two most predictable relief roles – I didn't say easy to identify, just easier to predict than other roles – are closers and primary setup men. Typically, closers pitch the ninth inning, and the primary setup men get the eighth inning, assuming they're both available and don't need a night off. So...
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