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.