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Who's the best closer
in pressure situations?

Updated: October 21, 2002, 1:55 PM ET
By by Thom Henninger, STATS. Inc.
The closers anchoring the bullpens for the 2002 World Series participants are among the best finishers in the game today. Among active pitchers, both rank among the top five in the categories of total saves and save percentage. On top of that, no closer has more saves than the Giants' Robb Nen (88) over the last two seasons, and no pitcher who has faced at least 1500 batters since 1921 has allowed a lower batting average than the Angels' Troy Percival (.182).

Collectively, they are 11-for-11 in saves during the current postseason. And despite a towering ninth-inning home run by Barry Bonds off Percival in Game 2, each has a save through the first two games of the Fall Classic. If you were managing this nail-biting World Series, who would you rather have on the mound with a championship on the line -- Percival or Nen? Maybe a look at their 2002 performances will shed some light on the debate.

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