Results for tag: Mariano Rivera
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 23, 2010 at 02:19:56 AM

When you are a team contending for the World Series, the six months you hope to be playing can be equated to a war that is played out on the field. Over the course of time, there will be small battles and occasionally a manager will concede.

In other words you are losing the battle to win the war and that is what happened last night.

Though Joe Girardi might not have envisioned a two-hour rain delay ending A.J. Burnett’s night after three innings and 51 pitches, he might have been thinking about the bigger picture when it comes with bullpen usage when encountering those circumstances.

That is the advantage of 40-man rosters after Sept 1, something that has existed since 1968 and recently become a popular topic to debate.

So what Girardi tried to do is get through a game with his

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:44:51 AM

Every time Mariano Rivera blows a save, people are amazed. 

Through Sunday, Rivera has 557 saves in 605 opportunities. Since becoming a full-time closer in 1997, that means he is averaging 3.4 blown saves per season, which is a remarkable number.

Yesterday was the fourth blown save for Rivera, who has never blown more than seven saves (2001) and last year blew two out of 46. All of this is astounding for a man, who was left unprotected by the Yankees in the 1992 expansion draft. Further proof if the Rockies or Marlins knew then what all of baseball knows now.

The best indication of how challenging an occupation closing is and how great Rivera’s career has been is to look at every team’s closing situation in the last 14 years. That means finding the guy who led the team

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 4, 2010 at 09:10:52 PM

A week ago, the Yankees began an eight-game winning streak with a homerun filled victory in Chicago.

That night the starting pitching produced the following: seven innings, nine hits and five runs.  The relievers produced two innings and four runs on seven hits.

Other than that night for the most part during the longest winning streak of the year, the numbers have somewhat been reversed.

During this winning streak, the starting pitchers have pitched 45 innings for an ERA of 5.20. On three occasions a starting pitcher has not lasted long enough to qualify for the win and this is a stretch that includes a dominating performance by CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett’s best start in at least a month.

That brings us to the bullpen, which since July 26 has pitched 115 innings and allowed

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