First of all, we won’t know until Rivera pitches what he will be able to do. After all, 99 percent of Rivera’s success came from his leg drive, always one of the longest in baseball. With his legs being the key to his success, can he again be Mo with a surgically repaired knee? We won’t know until (and unfortunately, if) he tries to pitch again.
Secondly, Rafael Soriano, the relief pitcher we all tried to hate initially, is pitching quite Mo-like. Soriano has blown only one save all season and has consistently rescued Joe Girardi’s relief-pitcher-roulette in the ninth as well. When Soriano has come into the game, we have all rested quite comfortably knowing that the game is probably over. Soriano has been a consistent and important cog in this great run the Yankees are having. Do you want to mess with that?
These thoughts are most certainly the oddest and most unexpected thoughts that have ever entered this tangled brain. Mariano Rivera has been the best relief pitcher in the history of the game. Kay said that Rivera thinks he can pitch another year or two. Based on his last season and how he started this season before the injury, who is to doubt him? But if he comes back, how good will he be and will it be as good as what Soriano has given the Yankees this season? Would Rivera automatically be the closer after the run Soriano has put together? Strange thoughts, friends, strange thoughts.