A Yankees’ reliever blew a save last night, and this caused a completely predictable gnashing of teeth and wailing for the return of Mariano Rivera. Now, I don’t want to take anything away from Mo, by any means, but now, some 13 hours later, let’s all take a deep breath and internalize a few key facts, okay?
- David Robertson is a good reliever. Before last night, Robertson had gone 27 consecutive innings without allowing a run and 98 (!) consecutive appearances without allowing a home run. I think we can allow one home run per every 100 appearances or so without running the guy out of town on a rail.
- There was nothing unusual about Robertson’s outing last night, other than the home run. Of all the strange things people seemed to be misremembering last night, the D-Rob that didn’t allow very many baserunners or ever walk anyone was probably the strangest.
- Mariano Rivera has, in fact, blown a save before. Shocking, I know, but it did really happen, I swear. In fact, he blew a save already this season, against the same team that beat Robertson last night. This happened just over a month ago, so it’s totally understandable that no one remembers it.
- For further perspective, Mo blew five saves over the course of 2011. In 49 chances, that translated to a save conversion rate of 89.8%, the highest in the majors. Oh, wait, that was Jose Valverde, who converted 49 of 49 saves. Mo’s number doesn’t actually differentiate him from the pack much at all, as he has essentially the same numbers as Heath Bell and Drew Storen.
The moral of the story is: blown saves happen. Can we at least give Robertson a week or two before we declare that he’s been tamed by Ninth Inning Magic and that the Yankees are hopelessly doomed as a result? Continue reading Some fun ninth inning facts