O’s score two against Mariano, steal 2-1 victory from Yankees

Some losses are tough to get worked up about. Teams shouldn’t win 1-0 ball games. That’s a function of luck more than anything else. For that reason I don’t get too worked up over 2-1 losses when the Yankees only had a 1-0 lead. If you play with fire you’re going to get burned.

By extension, the same logic applies to those rare occurrences when Mariano Rivera can’t hold down a save. Mo is greatest of all time, but that superlative ability doesn’t make him invincible. Mo gets the job done so often that I don’t get upset when he blows a save. Other closers do it far more frequently. Mo does it once in a blue moon.When it happens you have to shrug your shoulders and move on.

That’s the summary of Sunday’s game. The Yankees took a 1-0 lead into the top of the ninth inning, handing the ball over to Rivera. Mo has been excellent this year (but his 1.29 WHIP indicates that he hasn’t been as solid as many might expect) but this was one of the days when he wasn’t.…

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A quick glance at Mariano Rivera’s awesome start to the season

mariano-rivera.p1.siMariano Rivera is so consistently good that he at times gets over looked on blogs such as this one. A writer is probably more inclined to write a Mo post if he’s seeing a bad stretch of play than if he’s being his usual dominant self. I try to do at least one Mariano appreciation post a year, but this year is a little different. Mariano missed most of last year with an injury. This is his swan song season (and unlike other athletes you know he means it). For a time his unreal stretch of play was getting somewhat overlooked, but now that he’s gotten off to a perfect start in save opportunities to start the season the media hype surrounding his play has picked up. The saves are shiny and nice to have, but to admire them is to overlook all that Rivera is doing. Let’s take a closer look.

Mo’s WHIP, the most important stat for a reliever, currently sits at a tidy 0.92.…

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Just one more day …

Tonight, the 2013 Major League Baseball season begins, with the Texas Rangers playing the Houston Astros. The most beautiful thing about the baseball season is that it changes how I spend my leisure time. Nothing on TV tonight? They always play baseball. Can’t think of something to do after work? Call a buddy and watch some baseball. Don’t know how to spend time on a sunny afternoon? Upper deck tickets are cheap on Stub Hub and the 4 train moves fast. 162 games plus the playoffs means something to do, something to watch and something to talk about for half the year, and in terms of weather it’s the better half of the year.

After the gift of always having something entertaining to do, my second favorite thing about the baseball season is following story lines. Most Yankee fans are upset because the team enters 2013 in the weakest state that it has been in since 2008. Not only is the team not favored to win the AL East, but many believe the team will miss the playoffs.…

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Countdown to Spring Training: 34

Continuing our countdown today, we’ll be jumping into the Way Back Machine and travelling all the way to…2006. What happened with the number 34 in 2006? Well, one Mariano Rivera saved 34 games. Let’s briefly review Mo’s 2006.

He tallied a 1.80 ERA, tied (with 2010) for the fifth best mark of his career. in...

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Yankees Finding Undervalued Pieces In Old Players

In Moneyball, Billy Beane uses a number of advanced statistics to find undervalued players on the market. His rival, the New York Yankees, don’t need Sabermetrics, since they have wagons full of cash. While that’s partially true, (the part about all the money) the Yankees were one of the first organizations to implement...

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Joakim Soria Seems Like A No-Brainer For The Yankees

Rafael Soriano will not accept his $13.3m qualifying offer, and the Yankees look destined to bring Mariano Rivera back for at least the 2013 season. The team will lose one great closer, and gain back the greatest closer. Still, they could have used the type of reliable setup man...

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The Best Laid Plans

As the blackout last week rolled on, the conversations between my father and me inevitably rolled to baseball. One thing he kept bringing up was how this upcoming Hot Stove season would be the most challenging for Yankee GM Brian Cashman. While I think there may have been more pressure to reload after missing the...

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