jfg wrote:Above a closer, yeah, but only if he can maintain his dominance over more innings. If you can take out a starter having a bad day in the 3rd inning and get 3-4 innings of lights out pitching to give the offense a chance to get back in the game that's pretty valuable. More valuable than one inning to close out the game which in most cases would have been won by anybody, and possibly more valuable than a bunch of really good seasons from starters, but not a really great season from anybody. It's all hypothetical of course, one of these seasons maybe a manager will use a dominant reliever in the long relief role.
It doesn't matter who should get it between a long reliever or a closer. Neither should ever win it over a starter.