Pitcher that pitches the middle to late innings in a baseball game. Sets up the closer.

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.

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