Posted by Raphy on February 19, 2008
In 2007 Mariano Rivera posted an ERA+ of 142. It marked only the 5th time in 13 seasons that the all time leader in ERA+ (500+ innings) posted an ERA+ under 200. Nevertheless, the rest of baseball picked up the slack, as for only the second time in history there were 15 pitchers who posted an ERA+ of over 200 while pitching at least 50 innings. Interestingly enough , 10 out of those 16 (EDIT: For some reason this PI search eliminates JC Romero who pitched for 2 teams, while the search which includes all players counts Romero) were actually middle relievers, while the number of closers was at its lowest in 5 years.