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Projecting holds leaders

Updated: April 8, 2010, 6:03 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Closers are such glory hogs.

Sure, they serve an important role, finishing off close games while sometimes facing intense pressure. But the save can be an overrated statistic. After all, there'd be no save to record if the supporting cast didn't hand the closer a lead, right?

Here's the problem with the save: A closer can start the ninth inning with a three-run lead, effectively a comfy, low-pressure outing, serve up two runs, load the bases yet manage three outs, and ...

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