K-Rod sets saves record

Millz

LGB
Staff member
V.I.P.
#1
Quite the accomplishment by Francisco Rodriguez...this man is gonna make BANK in the off-season...

Francisco Rodriguez set a major league record Saturday by recording his 58th save, breaking Bobby Thigpen's mark of 57 from 1990.

K-Rod entered a 5-2 game against the AL's worst team, put two men on to start the inning and then retired the next three batters he faced to finish it. So, it was pretty much a typical night for him. K-Rod has done a fine job this year, but the major league record -- much like the ones Jimmy Rollins set for at-bats and plate appearances last year -- says more about his team than it does him. He's just an elite closer doing exactly what he's supposed to do with what's been an astounding number of opportunities. No matter how many more chances the Angels give him during the final two weeks, his 2004 and 2006 seasons will still stand out as the best years of his career
 

Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
Staff member
V.I.P.
#2
This is a great accomplishment. But it helps that he plays on the Angels, and they are always playing in close games. But that's not taking away anything from K-Rod, he goes out there and gets the job done.

But I don't think he's the best closer in the league.
 

Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
Staff member
V.I.P.
#4
I believe that Joe Nathan is the best closer in the league, he might not have the same amount as K-Rod, but Nathan has way better then numbers then K-Rod.
 

Millz

LGB
Staff member
V.I.P.
#5
Nathan for sure...forget about him sometimes. His ERA is barely over 1.00...that's insane. K-Rod's is very good as well, though.

Sometimes I think the save is over-valued but sometimes its undervalued by people as well. If K-Rod or Nathan are on the Cardinals we're in first place since we've blown so many leads.
 

Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
Staff member
V.I.P.
#6
Saves are very hard to value, sometimes closers get saves when there team are up by three runs and there's two outs, so all they need to do is get one out.

But on the other hand, sometimes the closer comes in up by one run, and face the three hardest hitters in the line up.

So it's very hard to judge.
 

Millz

LGB
Staff member
V.I.P.
#7
Saves are very hard to value, sometimes closers get saves when there team are up by three runs and there's two outs, so all they need to do is get one out.

But on the other hand, sometimes the closer comes in up by one run, and face the three hardest hitters in the line up.

So it's very hard to judge.
Definitely agree. Some guys come in and get a save in which they pitch more then one inning as well. Its very hard to judge its value.

I dont think K-Rod had one instance in which he pitched more then one inning but I might be wrong. I mean I still thinks its a great accomplishment because, hell, its never been done before. But one can find ways to pick it apart a little bit...helps the Angels are so damn good to give him that many shots.