http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=soriara01&t=p&year=2013

Soriano appeared in 68 games last year. He had 43 saves and 6 blown saves, so he came into 19 games that were not save situations because the Nats were ahead by more than 3 runs, behind, or tied. In 15 of those 19 games he pitched a scoreless inning (he got the win in 2 of those 15 games.) In only 4 of those games, did he give up one or more runs. (He ended up losing 2 of those games.) So I don’t know if he still thinks he can’t pitch in a non-save situation,but if he does, he’s not correct.

I completely agree that 6 blown saves is too many. It should be noted, however, that in 3 of the games where he blew a save, the Nats ended up winning the game (Apr. 6, May 17, Aug. 17). In all Soriano had 43 saves plus 15 scoreless appearances that weren’t saves. That contrasts with 6 blown saves and 4 other appearances in which he gave up runs. And the Nats won 5 of those 10 games.

Just to summarize, I can find only five games out his 68 appearances where Soriano bore responsibility for the loss (May 12, May 21, July 13, July 19, and Aug. 15).

Just for fun, I did a similar analysis for Craig Kimbrell. He had 68 appearances too, with 50 saves and 4 blown saves, all of which resulted in losses for the Braves. In his 14 non-save situation appearances, he pitched scoreless innings in 13, getting two wins. But he gave up a run in one of those games, and got the loss. So Kimbrel’s failed outings also resulted in 5 Braves losses.

Sori-haters have at it if you like.

]]>Soriano has even admitted that he doesnt like pitching in non-save spots and doesnt do well:

http://bronxbaseballdaily.com/2011/04/soriano-says-he-cant-perform-in-non-save-situation/

Not exactly the confidence level you want to hear coming from your $14M closer. It seems kinda obvious, but maybe if he took the same approach for non-save situations as he did with saves, there would less of a disparity in performance…

]]>I’d be willing to bet that the whole Untuck thing in save vs. non-save situations is one of those weird baseball superstitions, and the team understands that. Maybe a beat writer can ask that question at some point.

]]>Also, calling out Bryce in SF? Not cool at all. Along with the Storen mess, this guy has really created much more trouble than he’s been worth. Would 100% take it back if we could…

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