Continuing the parade of Fansided end of season awards, the results of the Reliever of the Year contest were announced today. Congratulations to AL Winner Jose Valverde. You can read about him here. Congrats also to NL winner Craig Kimbrel, who is profiled in this article.
I can’t argue with the choice of Valverde too much, but I did not vote for him as a top three choice. Valverde’s high saves total is probably what guaranteed him the most votes, and he did an excellent job closing out games (I am firmly in the camp that belives saves are an overrated stat). I gave my first place vote to Yankee reliever David Robertson, because he had an insane 13.50 K per 9IP. He also gave up only 40 hits in 66.2 innings. Not only was it impossible to get a hit off the guy, it was nearly impossible for many hitters to make contact. He didn’t get the saves, because Mariano Rivera has a mortal lock on the Yankee closer job. But he was devastating in crucial late inning situations.
My second place vote went to Rivera. Not because he posted 44 saves, or because he passed 600 for his career, but because his secondary numbers were almost as impressive as Robertson’s. Rivera had a 1.91 ERA, and just .897 WHIP. He also struck out 8.8 per nine innings; not too shabby. Third place on my ballot was Cleveland phenom Vinny Pestano, who had a 1.048 WHIP and 12.2 K/9, better than almost any closer in the game.