Re: Joe Posnanski with more data showing that closers simply don't matter
I think some of you guys are confusing closer with simply good pitching. Of course a team with a good reliever is better than a team with a bad reliever. Yet this points out how the 1 inning closer vs. the old days where that never existed is simply of no benefit. Yet if you have a better closer than another team, sure, you will win more. The same thing is true if you have a much better setup man, or a much better 5th starter, or a much better 6th batter in the lineup. Better players means wins, be it a pitcher in the 8th, or 9th, or 1st inning.
So yes, if you have a better bullpen than another team you will win more games (all else being equal). Yet making one of your guys a 1 inning closer is of no benefit.
I have been saying this for years. The 9th inning in a close game is of no more importance than the 7th or 8th inning in a close game. Why wait to send out one of your best pitchers in the hopes you still have the lead come the 9th inning? Let him come in earlier and hold the lead. If your lead gets extended, bring in another guy. If the lead stays the same, let him go for more than 1 innning. That way you maximize the usage of your best pitchers in close ballgames instead of wasting him on a 3 run game in the 9th inning while you end up losing 1 run games in the 7th and 8th.
Last edited by scott91575; 03-13-2013 at 09:11 PM.