Like the title says: what’s so great about this guy?
I’m at best a casual baseball fan (read: I’ll watch the playoffs if it’s a deciding game, and I’ve heard of at least one of the pitchers), and from what I could see last night, he’s a good pitcher. Nice control, nice speed, etc. But the FOX guys seem to think he’s God. “He went three innings! Amazing!” Now, maybe this is just my incomplete understanding of baseball, but if Rivera is so good, why doesn’t he, you know, pitch in the rotation?
I always kinda figured that closers were guys that were either (a) not good enough to go more than a couple innings or (b) good pitchers that’d lost a little something. In either case, no matter how good a closer Rivera is, wouldn’t pretty much any starting pitcher be better than him?
Or do I have the logic of the closer completely wrong? 'Cause nothing Rivera was doing last night seemed more stunning that what Pedro did, and Pedro went 7+ innings. (And does so routinely.)