Originally Posted by cincrazy
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.
Mo Rivera in the playoffs when he entered with a 2 or 1 run lead in a save situation was 30 of 34. That is 88%. In the regular seasons of 97, 99, 02, 04, 06, 09 and 11 (just randomly started opening up seasons), he saved 186 of 215 games with a 2 or 1 run lead in a save situation. That is 86%.
I have no idea how that compares out to anyone else, or even the league averages for the playoffs.