Mariano Rivera’s Race To 500 Saves!!! Part 2
For those of you that have been reading my blog for a while now, you know that I don’t value the role of the closer on a baseball team in the same way that others do. Nobody is right or wrong in the debate, I just prefer to give more value to the middle reliever who keeps his team in the game while rescuing a struggling starting pitcher. The closer role is an important one, but for me I would take a guy that can give you 3-4 innings of work when the result of the game is still uncertain versus a guy that can come in and ‘save’ a game.
Anyway, with all of that being said, Mariano Rivera is on track to collect the 500th save of his career. And he should be able to to this relatively quickly as his 1st place New York Yankee team has been hot for the last few weeks. So I thought it would be fun to track his progress on a nightly basis until ‘Mo’ reaches save #500.
I like Rivera, I always have. He appears to be a pretty classy guy and it’s nice to see that he has stuck with one team for his entire career. With a guy like ‘Mo’, who is as highly decorated as a closer gets, you cannot reject the fact that he is a dominant pitcher. He has been put in as many pressure situations as any player in the game over the last 15 years, and I believe he has performed above and beyond the rest.
Good Luck Mr. Rivera. The next few weeks should be fun…