With the season over I'd like to congratulate David Robertson on the spectacular season he had. It was so important to have that bridge to Mo, and he accomplished above and beyond what his expectations were coming into the season. A few interesting stats: not only was Robertson tied in the AL for 1st in Holds with 34, he was also top 50 (number 46) in the AL in strikeouts, the only reliever in the top 50, and the only reliever with 100 k's. This got me thinking... who was the better set up man? '96 Rivera or this years Robertson?
'96 Rivera: 61 games, 8-3, 5 saves, 27 holds, 107.2 innings, 73 hits, 34 walks, 1 homerun, 130 strikeouts, 2.09 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, .189 BAA
'11 Robertson: 70 games, 4-0, 1 save, 34 holds, 66.2 innings, 40 hits, 35 walks, 1 homerun, 100 strikeouts, 1.08 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .170 BAA
For you sabermetric fans out there, in 96 Rivera had a 57 RAR and 5.4 WAR (both his best career marks). Rivera also finished 3rd in the Cy Young voting, 12th in MVP. This years Robertson has a 31 RAR, 3.9 WAR.
So we vote now...