Results for tag: Mariano Rivera
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jul 25, 2011 at 01:50:23 AM

There's a certain calmness in the air when Mariano Rivera takes the mound. It is the quiet nature of a man who simply wants to finish games as quickly as possible.

That's why when the bases were loaded in the ninth inning Sunday against Oakland, the feeling was the inning would end the way it started - with the Yankees winning. Even after he gave up a run, the sense was something good was going to happen and it did when David DeJesus lined into a double play.

That out signified the 15th straight season that Rivera has reached 25 saves. While it's not as significant as the others (500 saves, 600 saves when he gets it), it is still notable because of the testament to consistency, durability and calmness.

And here's the other 14 times that Rivera reached his 25th save.

1 - June 25, 1997

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jul 11, 2011 at 01:40:11 AM

Seventeen seasons is a long time and a lot can happen in that span. Some of us can go from being in the 10th grade to graduating college, to getting their first full-time job, seeing it move and making adjustments due to circumstances beyond our control.

Along that span, you might even get a chance to see a Yankee game or two or a few hundred in person from the stands or from somewhere else in the stadium. Along the way, you might travel occasionally to a few other venues within your own city or somewhere in the Pacific Time Zone.

Wherever you’ve seen the Yankees, chances are you’ve seen Derek Jeter play and get a hit, especially since he has 3,004 of those.  With the internet, you can combine having a good memory to figure out how many hits you’ve seen in person

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 26, 2011 at 03:24:34 AM

Yesterday Mariano Rivera became the 15th pitcher to reach 1,000 appearances and the first to do with it with the same team. There are certain Rivera appearances that most of us know such as his first appearance (5/23/95 at Anaheim), his first save (5/17/96 vs. Anaheim), his 400th save (7/16/06 vs. the White Sox) and his 500th save (6/28/09 at the Mets).

If there is a best way to comprehend what 1,000 appearances with one team actually means, it's best to look incrementally such as in increments of 50.

50 - July 6, 1996 vs. Milwaukee - A year and two days removed from his eye-opening 11-strikeout performance in Chicago, Rivera does what he did so often during the 1996 season. That was pitching the seventh and eighth inning and in a 2-0 victory, he put the tying run on first base in Jesse

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 19, 2011 at 03:26:39 AM

It was sometime after midnight when Yankee fans watching last night's game could finally take a few breaths and exhale. That was after the Yankees won what seemed to be a war of baseball attrition by scoring three in the 15th for a 4-1 win over the Orioles.

We wish we could be as calm as Bartolo Colon pitching those eight innings (and you could have made the argument for Colon pitching the ninth even with Mariano Rivera). We wish we could be as calm as Hector Noesi making his major league debut by pitching four innings and surviving four walks and four hits. We wish we could be as calm as we know Rivera will be the next time he appears. We also wish we could be as calm as Chris Dickerson after making a great catch at the wall.

Of course this isn't the first time the Yankees have played

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 1, 2011 at 01:58:42 AM

For the second straight season, the Yankees have won 15 games in the opening month. They were 15-7 last year and by going 15-9 this month, the Yankees have won at least that amount of games in consecutive opening months for the first time since 2002 and 2003 teams were a combined 38-16 in those Aprils.

The Yankee offense has had an interesting and contrasting month.

The .253 batting average places them slightly above the league average which was .249 going into Saturday's games. The .337 on-base percentage ranks in the top half of the league and well above the league average of .319 going into Saturday's game.

Where the Yankees have really shined offensively is hitting home runs. Their 43 home runs lead the league by far and only four of their 24 games have not featured a home run and

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 25, 2011 at 06:52:43 PM

Today is April 25 and the last time the White Sox met the Yankees on this date was in 1997 at Yankee Stadium.

That night, the White Sox then managed by Terry Bevington were 9-3 winners behind 7 2/3 innings from Wilson Alvarez and home runs from Frank Thomas and Albert Belle off David Wells.

Back to the present, the White Sox scored nine Thursday at Tampa Bay and that represents their lone win since April 12. During that time, the White Sox have scored 16 times and allowed 54 runs in 10 losses.

 So what to do? Do the White Sox panic and the answer is no. 

Of course that’s not important right now when considering the state of Phil Hughes’ dead arm. Hughes continues to be in a state of flux, especially after he experienced the same thing throwing 10 to 12 pitches

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Dec 3, 2010 at 12:31:31 AM

About two and a half months ago, this space detailed how difficult closing games actually are. It was based on researching the list of closers employed by the other 29 teams since Mariano Rivera became the Yankee closer in 1997.

At some point in the future, the Yankees will face that concern, but that future will not be in 2011 or 2012 based on the Daily News exclusive that states Rivera will re-sign with the Yankees Friday night for two years, $30 million. The fact that Rivera is returning is hardly a surprise, but nonetheless a reason for Yankee fans to somewhat exhale.

What is also not surprising is that how low-key the talks were as opposed to the Derek Jeter neogiotations. It is not surprising since if you've ever spent any time around Rivera of watching him, the greatest closer

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 8, 2010 at 02:44:00 AM

The division series is always the most nerve-wracking, even as the Yankees fall behind early but my belief is the same as the players. Many times early deficits are nothing to worry about and in the first two games of this round, they have been right.

In fact the last five divisional series games have been comeback wins for the Yankees, so naturally curiosity strikes. When it does, it makes me want to know how many of these types of wins the Yankees have had during the divisional series.

The Yankees have now won their last six games when the opponent scores first in the divisional series. The last time they scored first and won was in Game One of the 2006 ALDS against Detroit when they scored five in the third on six straight hits off Nate Robertson.

Every postseason victory over the

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:55:15 PM

The Yankees have clinched their playoff spot but until 1969, there was one spot and not four.  They still have a chance for the division and for over 30 days since August 1, only one-half game has separated the Yankees and Rays. 

In Part Four of this series, here is how the races for the AL pennant unfolded for the Yankees during the 1980s and 1990s in years that they won it and years they fell short. Initially this was going to include 2000-2009 but this was long enough already and most people know about those years, so it was skipped.


1980 – A new decade ushered in a new manager. That man was Dick Howser and his first year was a 103-win season. The Yankees reached August with a 7 ½ game lead and won four of six but saw the lead cut to 5 1/2. It was reduced

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 28, 2010 at 04:18:30 PM

Chris Shearn, host of batting practice today premiered thisand here is my take on five hot-button Yankee topics.

1 - The Yankees will win the AL East.

They will. The Rays have not been playing that great either and despite the advantage in schedule, the Yankees can still pull the division out but only if they win with CC Sabathia on the mound tonight.

2. Yankees fans should be concerned about Mariano Rivera.

Hardly. Rivera's ruts are what other teams would like to see from their closers as opposed to full-scale implosions. There is a reason that in Rivera's 15 years as closer some teams have had 10 closers in that span.

3. Javier Vazquez will be on the postseason roster.

A few months ago he was a definite but now his chances because of his recent performances,