Re: Joe Posnanski with more data showing that closers simply don't matter
I don't understand, just because the mental aspect of the game can't be calculated on a stat sheet, why it's totally discounted. I totally get the numbers side of thing, and respect the growing influence statistical evaulation has had on the game. But ballplayers are humans. Some get more nervous than others, some handle pressure better than others. That's called life. Maybe this doesn't matter as much during the regular season, but what about the postseason? When every single pitch is magnified times 100. I think it absolutely matters who you throw out there in the 9th. Look at Mariano Rivera's numbers in the postseason and tell me just any good pitcher can match those stats. The guy has something special. He's unflappable. You can't measure that, but it exists.