Casey Janssen And The Hyperefficient Save

Title: Casey Janssen And The Hyperefficient Save
Date: June 13, 2014
Original Source: Fangraphs
Synopsis: This article looked at an incredible one-pitch save from Casey Janssen of the Toronto Blue Jays and its historical context.

Entering the bottom of the ninth on June 5th, Toronto Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen probably thought he had lucked into a day off. He had just had the previous day off but hey, nobody is going to argue with a leisurely getaway day.

And so with the Jays leading the Detroit Tigers 7-3 thanks to a Melky Cabrerainsurance home run in the top of the ninth, manager John Gibbons sent third-year reliever Chad Jenkins out to try and shut things down with a two-and-two-thirds-inning save. The Jays had a 99.2 percent chance of winning the game based on win probability graphs, though it may have been slightly lower with the middle of the Tigers order due up.

Four batters later, the Jays had to call on Janssen after all. He had no patience for this; he was already back in Toronto, mentally, and how dare a late Tigers rally put him to work?

With runners on first and second and two outs, Janssen got the call to face rookieNick Castellanos. And look, youngblood, Janssen may not be old at 32, but he’s too old to mess around with the likes of you.

Continue reading at Fangraphs.

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