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Comparing Giants’ Affeldt, Yankees’ Rivera postseason excellence

San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt listens to a question from a reporter during a media conference Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in San Francisco.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt listens to a question from a reporter during a media conference Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in San Francisco. AP

Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt will retire at the end of the season with 22 consecutive scoreless postseason appearances, the second-longest streak in major-league history, one fewer than the record held by former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, considered one of the greatest postseason pitchers. Here’s how Affeldt’s and Rivera’s streaks compare:

AFFELDT

STAT

RIVERA

22

Games

23

3

Games finished

22

2-0

W-L

2-0

4

Holds

0

0

Saves

16

23 1/3

Innings pitched

33 1/3

11

Hits allowed

18

5

Walks

3

12

Strikeouts

22

2

Hit batters

0

82

Batters faced

117

.147

Opp. avg.

.159

10/1

Inherited

runners/scored

17/2

0.00

ERA

0.00

3

Career World

Series titles

5

Source: baseball-reference.com

Quotable

Affeldt on his postseason numbers: “I’ll be honest with you, I know what the stats are. And to be part of the names that I’ve been brought into, on the career postseason statistics, is honestly very overwhelming for me. I take a lot of pride in them.”

Fellow Giants reliever Javier Lopez on Affeldt’s postseason contributions: “We’re not putting on these rings without the guy.”

Matt Kawahara

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