Inukchuk wrote:I'm constantly baffled as to why Paps is considered the best closer in baseball, while Joe N has been more valuable in 5x5 leagues the last 2 seasons.
In the past 5 years, he has posted higher than a 2 ERA and 1 WHIP exactly once.
I'll take his consistent dominance all day over anyone else, including Paps.
Papelbon has posted an ERA above 2 exactly once in the 3 years he's been the closer, and has topped 1 WHIP exactly zero times. His 0.92/0.77/9.92 rates in '06 were absolutely ridiculous, and he just amped up the K's in '07 while keeping his ERA under 2, with a line of 1.85/0.77/12.96. Papelbon's BABIP took a hit in '08 due to a change in GB/FB tendencies, though, so that's something to keep an eye on.
Nathan's FIP and K/BB:
Papelbon's FIP and K/BB:
There's a good argument for Nathan but to say that it's absolutely clear-cut is a bit silly.