It masked the fact that Rivera tied closer Trevor Hoffman for saving 30 games for 10 years in a row, which is a huge accomplishment.
Look there is no denying that Rivera is the greatest closer to ever play the game, but at 41-years old mistakes don’t get brushed off as easily anymore.
Now 17 seasons and five World Series Championships later, reality has inevitably started to bite even harder because lately Mo has not been doing his job.
Mo has made five appearances in the month of August, and is posting a 7.71 ERA, allowing two home-runs, four earned runs, while fanning three in 4.2 innings pitched. He has also tacked on a loss, but managed to earn three saves in four opportunities.
Plain and simple, Mo’s delivery is off on his cutter and that makes it hittable.
Is this cause for major concern?
No, it is not cause for concern because Mo will get his timing and release back on track.
The proof is in the stats and over Mo’s 17-year career he has given up the most runs, earned runs, homers and walks in the month of August. Also if a hitter is going to get Mo, this is the month to do as batting average against that cutter is at a high as well, sitting at .225.
Below is a chart of Mo’s career monthly numbers, courtesy of baseballreference.com:
So, Yankee fans can stop imagining life without hearing Enter Sandman blasting at the Stadium to start the ninth inning; at least for now.
To be honest, life without Mo is so unfathomable already that there is no need to rush.
Trust me, there are still many more Mo-memories to be made and Yankee Universe needs to chill, myself included.
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- New York Yankees: Has Time Caught Up to Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera? (bleacherreport.com)
- Yankees Profile: Mariano Rivera (yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com)
- Mariano Rivera earns 30th save despite surrendering homer (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Rivera tagged again, but Yanks hold on (nypost.com)
- Mariano Rivera Blows Second Straight Save, Angels Beat Yankees In 9th (huffingtonpost.com)