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.