MLB management has finally discovered what wins pennants. Numbers from closers are nice, but, strong arms are also needed by starters, middle relievers and set-up men. It isn’t a happy feeling to have an elite closer without many first class starters or relievers to bring a winning effort into the last inning.
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The 2002 World Champion Anaheim Angels won the AL pennant and were paced by Troy Percival 1.92 ERA and 40 saves. However a late season arrival, reliever Francisco Rodriguez, hogged the limelight with 5 postseason wins, including 2 wins in the 2002 World Series.
Remember how the sports media quickly dubbed the 20-year old Venezuelan, K-Rod. A review of the Anaheim Angels pitching staff shows three starters worked over 188 innings and one an even 160 innings. Just the facts here man: Ramon Ortiz posted a 15-7 record in 217.1 innings, Jarrod Washburn went 18-6 in 206 innings, Kevin Appier had a 14-12 record in 188.1 innings, and Aaron Sele was 8-9 in 160 innings.
Reliever Ben Weber appeared in a team-leading 63 games, had a 7-2 record and worked 78 innings. Brendan Donnelly appeared in 46 games, had a 1-1 record, one save in 49.2 innings. Get what we mean! John Lackey started 18 games and posted a 9-4 record in 108.1 innings. Scot Shields worked 29 games, 5-3 record, 2.20 ERA in 49.0 innings.
Mickey Callaway was 2-1 in 6 starts, pitched 34.1 innings. Matt Lukasiewicz had a 2-0 record in 14 innings, spanning 17 games. Lou Pote was 0-2 in 31 games, 50.1 innings. Troy Percival collected 40 saves, had a 4-1 record, a stingy 1.92 ERA, worked 56.1 innings in 58 games. Francisco Rodriguez worked 5 regular season games, and struck out 13 would be hitters in 5.2 innings. K-Rod used a fastball approaching 97 mph, and a 84 mph slider. Copyright 2007 by baseballhistorian.com Baseball History
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