Posted by Steve Lombardi on December 3, 2010
How many pitchers have worked between 30 and 65 innings in a season while posting an ERA+ of 200 or better - more than once?
Here's the list -
|1||Darren O'Day||2||2009||2010||26-27||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Arthur Rhodes||2||2005||2008||35-38||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Mike Gonzalez||2||2004||2006||26-28||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Rafael Soriano||2||2003||2010||23-30||Ind. Seasons|
|5||Troy Percival||2||2002||2007||32-37||Ind. Seasons|
|6||Mariano Rivera||2||1998||2010||28-40||Ind. Seasons|
|7||John Wetteland||2||1997||1998||30-31||Ind. Seasons|
|8||Michael Jackson||2||1994||1998||29-33||Ind. Seasons|
|9||John Franco||2||1992||1996||31-35||Ind. Seasons|
|10||Steve Howe||2||1991||1994||33-36||Ind. Seasons|
|11||Tom Henke||2||1985||1995||27-37||Ind. Seasons|
|12||Bill Castro||2||1978||1979||26-27||Ind. Seasons|
|13||Skip Lockwood||2||1975||1979||28-32||Ind. Seasons|
|14||Terry Fox||2||1961||1962||25-26||Ind. Seasons|
|15||Don McMahon||2||1957||1973||27-43||Ind. Seasons|
|16||Carmen Hill||2||1915||1918||19-22||Ind. Seasons|
With no question, in terms of leader boards, sorts, etc., this one is a real cherry-picking effort. But, I did find it interesting that no one has done this three times in a career - yet, there are some names on this list who could do it a third time in 2011. Of those, who do you think is most likely?
Me? Given his age, and the fact that he's not used much past 60 innings a season these days, and the fact that he's still brilliant, my money is on Mo Rivera.