Results for tag: Mariano Rivera
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jun 28, 2010 at 10:16:21 PM

I never stopped watching, never looked away (in my position you can’t), but I had mentally resigned myself to another Yankees loss Sunday night. Andy Pettitte didn’t have his best stuff, and Joe Torre wisely exploited the American League’s more laid-back style of play by going all bunt-y on him. Clayton Kershaw was dealing. Brett Gardner’s injury had shortened the bench and put the game in the hands of Chad Huffman and Colin Curtis at critical junctures. The bullpen inspires little confidence aside from Mariano Rivera. Kershaw was cruising and Jonathan Broxton hadn’t blown too many saves. You know what happened next: pretty much every reasonable expectation was upended.

The key moment was Jorge Posada’s incredible 10-pitch at-bat

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jun 7, 2010 at 05:27:28 PM

It was a tougher weekend for the Yankees than I envisioned when I wrote last Friday’s entry. I expected the batters to adjust to Brett Cecil and Ricky Romero quickly rather than not at all and put Brandon Morrow down for three or four walks, not one. During Sunday’s broadcast, my colleague John Flaherty said, “Good pitching will stop good hitting,” but that eliminates either the chicken or the egg from the poultry farm. I prefer Casey Stengel’s version, “Good pitching will stop good hitting and vice-versa.” It’s not always clear where to draw the line between the pitcher’s stuff and the hitter’s treatment of it, not to mention the various lucky and unlucky bounces you get

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 6, 2010 at 06:19:34 PM

I’ve always been a big supporter of David Robertson’s. His Minor League track record was exemplary, featuring the killer strikeout rates he carried over to the majors. Last year, I felt the Yankees were too slow to embrace him and too conservative when it came to challenging him with appearances in critical situations. I remain enthusiastic about his Major League future. However, it seems like that future is not now.

In nine games this season, Robertston has yet to have one perfect appearance. His walks have been acceptable, his strikeout rate still good, but his mechanics and command seem to have gotten completely out of hand. His last three appearances, each spaced four days apart from its predecessor, have been disastrous. He’s allowed

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Apr 8, 2010 at 06:23:27 PM

The Yankees have an unusual bullpen. Due to their collection of pitchers like Chan Ho Park, Joba Chamberlain, Alfredo Aceves, and Sergio Mitre, who are not only viable starters but conditioned to be starters, Joe Girardi can, if he so chooses, dispense with the match-up-based relief tactics that have come to dominate bullpen strategy in the age of Tony LaRussa and reinvent the long-man -- a pitcher who simply throws a few relief innings instead of jogging in and out to face one or two batters. These pitchers had seemed to be ticketed for extinction, having been outcompeted by specialists, but whether by plan or by accident, the Yankees are well-positioned to ignore this frequently counterproductive strategy and just let their best relievers pitch for as long as they can.

Rather than rush

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 9, 2010 at 06:23:50 PM

Twins closer Joe Nathan has apparently torn his ulnar collateral ligament and may require Tommy John surgery. Should Nathan go out for the year, this would obviously be a loss to the Twins and to baseball in general -- as far as regular season play goes, Nathan is right up there with Mariano Rivera. Since 2004, Rivera has a 1.90 ERA and 243 saves, Nathan a 1.87 ERA and 246 saves.

Nathan's apparent demise is an important moment for Yankees fans. As the core of the current team ages, the same questions keep arising: How badly will the eventual passing of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera affect the Yankees? The answer is likely to be, respectively, a lot, maybe less than you would think given the team's depth at the position, and possibly not

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Dec 30, 2009 at 06:01:24 PM

Comrades, as much as I hate to defuse a raging discussion in the commentary section, it’s much ado about nothing. I understand the difference between the popular accounting of decades and the more logical way of doing it. However, as one of you pointed out, everyone else is doing it. I decided to go with the flow. As it says in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence,” when the decade becomes fact, print the decade—or something like that.

As for me, the only date that matters is the one in which I close out the Baseball Prospectus annual and get to start looking forward to spring training and having the book in the hands of you all, whatever decade you feel like we’ll be in starting the day after tomorrow. I’m not picky when it comes to stuff like that.