Last night's game (5/10) made me start thinking again about what constitutes a "Win" for a pitcher. This may have been discussed years before I arrived here, so feel free to tell me if this is worthless rambling.
Harang went 7 2/3 with 5 hits and ZERO earned runs and left with the lead. The closer blows the win and a pitcher who just happened to be on the mound before the Reds took the lead gets the win.
So what would be the ramifications if the pitcher who went 5+ innings and left with the lead were to get credit for the win? While I realize this could create a very convoluted system, it just seems to be little consolation for a guy who pitches a shutout and has the lead to only get a "Quality Start" on his record.