INKcogKNEEdough wrote:ummmmmm NO.....sure the sparkle on Rivera's star is a bit less shiny, but Gagne still hasn't done anything in the postseason either. Don't get me wrong i can see that side of the argument and could even make a case for gagne, but as of now i still would have to go with rivera.
I completely agree and appreciate your honesty as a Red Sox fan, ink.
Rivera blew a save sure. But does Gagne even have a save in postseason ball? No, he has to prove he can dominate on that stage before he can be bumped up to Mariano status.
You keep saying that Gagne has done nothing in the postseason, but how is that his fault? A closer can only get saves when his offense and starting pitching hands him the lead. I guarantee you he is as dominant, if not more dominant now than Rivera is now or has been recently in the postseason if he is on the Yankees.. Gagne's been doing it three years now, so I don't think there is any chance that he was a fluke. Lidge could be a fluke, but he has been one of the most dominant closers ever in postseason baseball. I think he has something like 8 IP, 14 Ks, and just 1 hit! I just dont understand it, Gagne just doesn't blow saves, period. Rivera does, especially against the Red Sox. He was absolutely killed by the Red Sox this year. Gagne has blown 2 saves in the past 2 and a half years. He has a ridiculous save streak that probably won't be touched, except maybe by himself. Rivera has blown 4 this season, a couple more last year, and 2! this year in just one series. I am not saying Rivera isn't great, hes top 2. But he is starting to slip, and Gagne has been consistently dominant. He is the top closer in baseball, postseason experience or not.