With many Major League teams only 10 games away from the halfway point of the season, I decided that ranking the best relievers in the game would be a fun exercise.
I say relief pitchers, because I decided to not only include closers. We all know that closers, at least for half of the MLB, change every year. So I took a look at the best set up guys in the MLB as well, including some guys who are making a case to be the closer for their respective teams.
A few last notes:
1) This is not a compilation of the 30 relief pitchers I would most want on my team. It is a list of the 30 best relief pitchers so far this season. So if you are a terrific pitcher having a not-so-good year (Joakim Soria and Jonathan Papelbon, you may be excused), you will not be on this list.
2) I limited this to pitchers who have thrown at least 26 innings pitched, so that we don't have to deal with guys who have 10 perfect innings etc.
3) It is very hard to judge a closer against a set-up man. I made the executive decision to rank (out of two equal relievers) closers as more important. To keep it as fair as possible, I switched off.
*All stats through June 19th
Enjoy, and don't forget to tell me what you think! I'm sure you will all have a lot to say, especially you Boston fans!