How a pitcher can get a hold and a loss

By Nick Veronica

Cardinals relief pitcher Matt Bowman earned a unique, if unfortunate, stat line this week, picking up both a hold and the loss in a game against the Diamondbacks.

That was initially confusing – how can you a earn a hold for protecting the lead and still be charged with a loss?

Turns out it’s not that unheard of, but it can only happen in one way. And it’s always the next guy’s fault.

Here’s how this statistical phenomenon happens, in five tweets:

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So there you have it. Blame the next guy.

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