A pitcher is credited with a game finished if he is the last pitcher to pitch for his team in a given game, provided he was not the starting pitcher. Starters are not credited for a game finished when they pitch a complete game.
Typically, a team's closer will be the team leader in this category, because games finished is generally a good indicator of when and how a relief pitcher is used. However, closers aren't the only pitchers to record high totals of games finished. In every game in which a team uses a relief pitcher -- no matter the score or the result -- there will be someone recording a game finished. Saves, on the other hand, require a unique set of circumstances and a specific accomplishment.
Watch: Greg Holland records a game finished by collecting the final out.
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"finishes," "he finishes it out"