MLB Power Rankings: 15 Best Pitching Seasons in 2011 from Relievers

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MLB Power Rankings: 15 Best Pitching Seasons in 2011 from Relievers
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Mariano Rivera is the best closer of all-time, but who had the best season as a reliever?

A dominant bullpen can carry a team a long way, yet relievers often take a back seat to the starting rotation and the batting order.

In 2011, several relievers had phenomenal campaigns.

Mariano Rivera, who surpassed Trevor Hoffman for the No. 1 spot on the all-time saves list, had a very strong 2011—but was he the best reliever in baseball?

These are the 15 best relief pitchers of 2011.

The only prerequisite—a minimum of 50 innings pitched.

Also, I barely considered wins above replacement (WAR), because the difference between each relief pitcher's WAR really is minuscule.

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