In this era of statistics for everything
in baseball the folks at sabre
-(stats people)- have come up with the hold
- a statistic that measures the number of times a setup man
leaves a game with the lead, divided by the number of times a pitcher comes into the game with the lead.
The higher the number, the better obviously.
Each successful instance is described as a "hold"- and pitchers are then ranked accordingly. Sort of a "watered down" equivalent of the Save.