Vulture Wins on BSW

Much credit goes to the now seemingly defunct Recondite Baseball for doing much of the same thing we have done here, but also putting it wonderfully coherent wording.

Basically, there’s a lot of question and controversy over the definition of Vulture Wins, but the general sentiment is that of one where a pitcher is awarded a win undeserved.  Such a definition insinuates that there is a subjective nature to it, and it’s really still not defined.  So in order to clarify things a little bit, we’re going to go with the general definition established by Recondite Baseball:

A pitcher is credited with a vulture win if he is the winning pitcher and satisfies one or more of the following conditions:

  1. He enters a game in relief and pitches at most one inning.
  2. He enters a game in relief and gives up at least as many runs (earned or unearned) as complete innings pitched (i.e. 1 R in 1 2/3 IP, 2 R in 2 1/3 IP).
  3. He enters a game in a save situation and blows the save.

In other words, we’ll do our best to adhere to such criteria, but will occasionally deviate from it on a subjective case-by-case basis, if we feel that a relief win is truly bullshit.  We might ignore wins received in extra-inning scenarios for away pitchers, or we might not count pitchers getting a win after a deadlocked game in the sixth or seventh.

It’s a subjective in nature, flawed, junk stat to begin with, so why does it matter?