This year, I am playing in multiple leagues that incorporate holds. Unfortunately, holds are not currently — best as I can tell — incorporated in Steamer projections. So, I decided to start crunching some numbers to explore holds.
Not unexpectedly, team holds generally increase with team wins.
Interestingly, teams with a lower winning percentage tend to have more holds per win. One possible explanation is that those offenses are not as capable of scoring as many runs which leads to closer ballgames (and more holds opportunities). The same trend holds true for percent saves vs. wins.
Also a bit obvious but made clear by looking at 2015 stats is the more widescale availability of holds:
31.5% of holds by top 30 players with holds
75.5% of saves by top 30 players with saves
3.9% of saves by saves leader
1.8% of holds by holds leader
Other interesting tidbits of no particular consequence:
Top 5 highest percentage of team’s holds:
|Zach Duke||White Sox||42.6%|
Bottom 5 highest percentage of team’s holds (i.e., teams impacted by trades and/or injuries):
|Aaron Sanchez||Blue Jays||16.7%|
Data pulled from Fangraphs for your use and viewing pleasure (Full list, sorted by holds, of all players with a save or hold in 2015; scroll right for a pivot table with percent of team holds in alphabetical order by team):