mweir145 wrote:reynolds80 wrote:I don't think people realize how dominant Putz is.
He is having one of the best seasons by a reliever in baseball history.
34 innings, 6 walks, 46 strikeouts
I mean he's had a great season, and I would know better than anybody since I used my waiver priority on him a few months back, but maybe you should look at the stats of some of the other closers in the league before saying that (such as Papelbon, Ryan and Gordon). All 3 of those guys are having outstanding years, and yes al 3 of them have been better than JJ Putz.
Yeah, I am serious.
I didn't say the best season ever, I said one of the best ever.
Papelbon also happens to be having one of the best seasons by a reliever as well, as is Ryan. Gordon is having a great year, but I wouldn't put it in the same class as Putz, Papelbon, and Ryan.
Then again, my criteria for how well a reliever is pitching goes more on things he can control like strikeout, walk, and homerun rates. I discount things like hit rates and earned runs; although they're somewhat important they're not as important as the aforementioned.
Putz 34IP, 6BB, 46K
Papelbon 36IP, 4BB, 35K
Ryan 35IP, 7BB, 42K
Gordon 31IP, 9BB, 40K
Final note - we aren't even to July yet, so it's really not uncommon for a handful of guys to start off with ridiculous stats. Usually they sort themselves out, and at the end of the season, at most one or two relievers wind up with seasons that go down in the top 15 or 20 in baseball history.