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Why save your closer?

The Dodgers vs. D-Backs game Saturday night illustrated yet again how closers are used incorrectly, and how screwy the save stat can be.

Updated: May 31, 2005, 12:13 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2

Bear with this for a second because there might be an important point about the mechanics of managing a baseball team in here somewhere.

On Saturday night, the Dodgers were tied with the Diamondbacks in the bottom of the ninth: The D-Backs are in first place, the scuffling Dodgers need a win – hey, this game means something. And now the D-Backs have the bases loaded and nobody out, thanks to a mess created by Dodger reliever Giovanni Carrara.

The situation is fairly simple: ...

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