A save (normally abbreviated to sv) is credited to a pitcher who finishes a winning game under certain situations. It is an often used statistic for relief pitchers. It generally indicates a pitcher's ability to hold their team's lead in a fairly close game.
There are certain situations where a save will be awarded to the relief pitcher who closes or finishes a game for a winning team:
- He must be the finishing pitcher in a game won by his team;
- He must not be the winning pitcher;
- He must be credited with at least a ⅓ of an inning pitched;
- He meets one of these conditions:
- He enters the game with his team in the lead by no more than three runs and pitches at least one complete inning;
- He enters the game with a potential tying run either on base, at bat or on deck;
- He pitches for at least 3 innings;
If a relief pitcher satisfies the criteria for a save but is not the finishing pitcher, he may be credited in a boxscore with a "hold" (abbreviated to "H"), though this is not an official statistic.
The career record for saves is held by Nick MacLellan, with 254 in 19 seasons.
Consecutive saves streaks
The following players have save streaks of 35 games or more.
|45||1995–1998||Brian Bell||Chicago Pit Bulls|
|43||2001–2003||Ivan Dorado||Calgary Inferno|
|41||2001–2002||Mike Black||New York Dragons/Montreal Metros|
|40||2011–2014||Jon Courteau||New York Dragons|
|37||2010–2012||Arturo Davila||Ohio Oxen/Chicago Pit Bulls|
|36||2013–2019||Yeong-suk Yi||Montreal Metros/California Tidals/Anchorage Aces/Calgary Inferno/Toronto Nomads|
|35||2007–2010||Marty Melvins||Nevada Speeders|
|35||2004–2010||Guy Stady||Hamilton Crusaders/Montreal Metros|