Me and my buddies always play this game where we say " If you were starting a team, who would be your first choice at this position" We base it on performance, age, ceiling, etc.
We got into an argument last night about closers...I said if I were starting a team I'd take Nathan, my buddy Jeff said he would take Papelbon and my other buddy said he would take Rivera.
Now I know if you had one game only and had all the marbles on the line you'd want Rivera, but isn't that more of his experience talking. You can't start a team with a 38 year old closer.
Papelbon I love too, but he has blown a few saves lately and he's very young.
Nathan is having what I believe is his best season this year and we're talking about a guy who has put up back to back 40+ save seasons with high K's great ERA and WHIP.
This season Nathan is 24 for 25 in save opps. and the one he blew he pitched 2 innings, struck out 4 and got the win.
He has 68 K's to 9 walks in only 48 innings. thats about 1.5 K's an inning. He has a 1.50 ERA.
His record is 6-0
I think if his team was winning more close games he'd be up in Gagne of 3 years ago status...Because he only has 24 saves I think he's kinda flying under the radar this year, but the guy has been on point.