Havok1517 wrote:Rivera couldn't pitch 3 innings like Eck could and could never start. It may not be Eck but its not Rivera either.
Rivera came up as a starter, and you've clearly never watched a Yankees post season game in the last 10 years as Rivera regularly goes 2 and sometimes even more innnings per save in the playoffs.
Yeah, anyone who says that Rivera can't go more than 1 inning, has probably never watched a Yankee game.
His lifetime postseason ERA of 0.81 is the Major League record. From 1998 to 2001, Rivera converted 23 consecutive postseason saves and pitched 34 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in the postseason, both Major League records. Rivera's 34 postseason saves are more than twice that of the next person, Dennis Eckersley. The pitchers who rank second through fourth for most postseason saves (Eckersley, Jason Isringhausen, and Robb Nen) have combined for 37 career saves. Rivera has very often been used to record 2-inning saves in the postseason, recording 12 of this variety.
He still goes 2+ innings a lot, even this year. He has more 2+ inning appereance than Papelbon this year(who is one of those starter/closer types you like so much)
As someone else pointed out, this argument is for greatest closer of all time. Not greatest closer/starter combo of all time.
Not a valid point at all.