The 2010 Major League Baseball season is almost over.
The time is right to consider which player will be the 2010 NL “Rolaids Relief Man Award.”
There are a number of candidates for the award. But, first things first. What is the definition of the Rolaids Relief Man Award?
According to the Rolaids Relief Man Award site, the award is “a tribute the door slammers, the rally wreckers, the firemen, the relief pitchers.” In addition, “For over three decades the Rolaids Relief Man Award® has been presented to the best reliever in both the American League and the National League.”
The Award site states “The Rolaids Relief Man Award® is based objectively on statistical performance, rather than subjective opinion. A reliever is given 2 points for a win, 3 points for a save and -2 points for a loss.”
As of October 1, 2010, Health Bell of the San Diego Padres is in the lead for the Award with 145 points. Brian Wilson (no, not the former Beach Boy!) is in second with
Bell will probably win the Award. He has 45 saves, a 6-1 won-loss record, and three blown saves. He has an earned run average (ERA) of 1.86. His save percentage is 93.8, which is first in the National League. Adding his saves and wins, and taking away his losses and blown saves, he has been positively involved in over half (53 percent) of his team’s wins.
Wilson has 47 saves, a 3-3 won-loss record, and five blown saves. His ERA is 1.83, with a save percentage of 90.4 percent. He has been positively involved in 47 percent of the Giants’ wins.
A reliever of note is Billy Wagner, who has 104 points in the Rolaids Award. Given up on by the New York Mets after arm troubles, Wagner has 36 saves for the Atlanta Braves, a 7-2 won ‘”loss record, and a very low 1.32 ERA. His save percentage is 83.7%.
He has seven blown saves. Wagner has been positively involved in 44 percent of his team’s wins.
A reliever of note is Carlos Marmol of the Cubs, who has 37 saves five blown saves, a 2-3 won-loss record, an 88.1 percent save success percentage, and a 2.58 ERA. Adding his saves and wins, and taking away his losses and blown saves, Marmol has been positively involved in 30 of the Cubs’ 73 wins, or 47 percent of the team’s wins.
ESPN.com closer stats as of October 1, 2010:
ESPN.com standings as of October 1, 2010:
Rolaids Relief Man of the Award: