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Mariano Rivera blows save after Bartolo Colon goes eight scoreless

May 18, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

Mariano Rivera Reuters

Mariano Rivera blew his third save already this season after giving up a pair of singles and a Vladimir Guerrero sac fly in a 1-0 game against the Orioles on Wednesday.

The occasion may mark the start of the annual “what’s wrong with Mo?” columns in the New York press, though the obvious answer is nothing at all. Rivera has yet to surrender a homer and has given up a total of four runs in 20 innings. Unfortunately for the Yankees, those runs all resulted in blown saves.

With the three blown saves, Rivera has already exceeded his totals from 2008, when he was 39-for-40 saving games, and 2009, when he was 44-for-46. He was 33-for-38 last year, though he finished with a sub-2.00 ERA for the seventh time in eight years. His career high for blown saves is nine from his first year as a closer back in 1997.

  1. yankeesfanlen - May 18, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Just think this is a result of Girardi’s conservative “have to go to Mo” mentality. Colon had gotten out of trouble in the 8th, still throwing 93, and we can’t show enough confidence to let him finish?

    • uyf1950 - May 19, 2011 at 5:38 AM

      My friend, Girardi is in a no win situation here. If he leave Colon in and he blows up Girardi takes the blame from fans because Mo is well rested and in the bullpen ready. If like last night he brings Mo in and Mo blows it (which he did) Girardi takes the blame from fans because he took Colon out when Colon was have a very good game.
      Like I said this was a case of damed if you do and damed if you don’t. We fans can blame Girardi for many things during the season but I don’t think his decision last night should be one of them. That’s just my opinion.

  2. wlschneider09 - May 18, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    In fairness to Joe, Mo in the ninth has been a formula that’s worked very well for a looooonnnnnnggg time. It’s easy to look back with 20/20 hindsight and say you should have left Colon in, but if Mo converts the save like he’s done 500 times before nobody thinks twice about it.

  3. aceshigh11 - May 18, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Gee, you mean that 41-year old men might lose a step or two to aging?

    Much ado about nothing…Mariano is still the man, but at some point, he’s going to show his mortality after 17 years spent in the stratosphere.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 18, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    It is not inconceivable that Colon could have come out for the 9th after only 87 pitches. However, Girardi gets his good relievers up nearly every game, even if they don’t make it into a game, so if Mo is warmed up anyway, you might as well use him.

  5. swisher4mayor - May 18, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Its just stupid of girardi to bring Mo in the game. I understand that Mo is one of the best closers in the game and was warmed up, but when ur starting pitcher went 8 innings with only 3 hits and 1 walk with like bout 87 pitches it completely makes sense to keep him in. Girardi has to change his way of thinking bout the “have to go to Mo” mentality like yankeesfanlen said.

    • phukyouk - May 18, 2011 at 10:43 PM

      I’m sorry.. “One of the Best”???? REALLY?

      that aside.. Mo is your closer.. he’s your CLOSER.. he closes games. (need the wiki on that???)
      if colon comes out and gives up a bomb everyone here is cursing about why he didnt use Mo.. he made the right call.. it just didnt work out.

      • nixonotis - May 18, 2011 at 11:14 PM

        You’re right in the sense that Girardi would have been criticized no matter what decision he made if the Orioles tied the game, but I don’t know that this was definitively the “right call.” A guy gives up 3 hits in 8 innings all the while throwing 87 some odd pitches, not a bad idea to stick with works IMO.

      • nixonotis - May 18, 2011 at 11:16 PM

        Then again, you’ll come back with “what ‘works’ better than Mariano?” and I’ll have no answer. So, yeah, it was a judgement call, just not sure you can deem one move better than the alternative in this particular situation.

      • phukyouk - May 18, 2011 at 11:22 PM

        no.. you cant.. BUT you can make the argument that if it was a 2-0 game then yea sure.. bring out Colon cause worst case you bring in Mo. but when its a 1-0 game AND you just lost like 9 out of your last ten then yea.. you bring in Mo even if Colon had only 80 pitches on the night. teh Yanks are desperate for wins now. the Sox are ahead of us in the standings ( and thats without Crawford or Youk really hitting well) and its all downhill from here. Jeter HAS to be dropped to 7th or 8th and Nunez lead off with Grandy hitting second. As long as Jeets is at the top of the lineup hes going to kill us. If we stick to the current plan then we are a 4th place team by end of season for sure.. We need a spark and that may be Noesi or maybe bring up Montero but SOMETHING has to change or the yanks are shit out of luck.

      • nixonotis - May 18, 2011 at 11:24 PM

        I think you might have to begin to accept the very real possibility that this Yankee team misses the playoffs. Watching the games lately is like hanging out in the geriatric ward of a hospital—depressing.

      • phukyouk - May 18, 2011 at 11:29 PM

        THIS TEAM?? HA! try the next few yrs… with Jeets and Arod on the decline. We need more power hitters and clutch hitters. i cannot see us making the playoffs this year for sure. its painful cause i cannot remember the last time we finished in 4th place.

      • swisher4mayor - May 20, 2011 at 2:47 PM

        Nunez as a leadoff guy wouldnt be a bad idea only problem is when it comes to nunez’s defense he isnt tht good. he makes great plays sometimes but he also makes a lot of errors. also wat position would u play him? you can not take jeter out of the shortstop position cuz he is great defensively and idk bout puttin him in the outfield either.

  6. yankeesfanlen - May 18, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    OK guys, I love Mo too. Part of my point is that we never have a complkete game shutout like it’s some kind of sacrilige to not use a closer. I am second-guessing, that’s inherent while the game is going on, I think Colon showed enough poise, was ready to go out again, and THEN if a man got on, Mo could come in.

    • genericcommenter - May 18, 2011 at 11:04 PM

      Yeah, that’s probably the best approach. If a man gets on, then turn to him. Use your high paid “firemen” in a high leverage situation to, you know, put out a fire.

  7. yankeesfanlen - May 18, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Let’s forget this pitcher-talk, I hate these late-inning duels. Hate 1-1 games. Nunez, Martin, or even Beep-beep HIT ONE OUT!

    • nixonotis - May 18, 2011 at 11:22 PM

      All Derek Jeter heard was ground ball to second base.

      • phukyouk - May 18, 2011 at 11:30 PM

        hes killing us

      • nixonotis - May 18, 2011 at 11:31 PM

        Let it be known that my comment came several minutes before Jeter did the inevitable. Check out that OBP, kids!

      • phukyouk - May 18, 2011 at 11:32 PM

        I dont want to and you cannot make me.

  8. phukyouk - May 18, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    I would LOVE a stat on how many men the yanks have left on base in the last 10-15 games and how many in Scoring position. it HAS to be some sort of record, right?

  9. yankeesfanlen - May 18, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Can we PLEASE get a run out of this before Baltimore has a bunt picked up by a seagull and have it ruled a homerun?

    • phukyouk - May 18, 2011 at 11:47 PM

      HOLY SHIT! maybe the world IS coming to an end saturday.. the Yanks hit in the clutch

  10. yankeesfanlen - May 18, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    See what happens when we play this long- they go nutso!

    • phukyouk - May 18, 2011 at 11:49 PM

      What happened to dickerson?

      • nixonotis - May 18, 2011 at 11:57 PM

        Boy, I hope Noesi gives up a few runs so we can keep this party going!

  11. yankeesfanlen - May 18, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Split his helmet, goose egg on his eye-coming out now

    • phukyouk - May 18, 2011 at 11:53 PM

      AJ pinch runnign… im dying here.. i cannot stop laughing

  12. yankeesfanlen - May 18, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Aj running for Dickerson-AJ, as in Burnett

  13. yankeesfanlen - May 19, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Only took 15 innings and a bonk on the head to beat the freakin’ O’s. Used to do this in 9. Sigh……

  14. uyf1950 - May 19, 2011 at 5:55 AM

    Yankee fans, why can’t we just be thankful and appreciate the fact that the Yankees won. Period. Girardi catches a lot of blame on this this and other boards for some of his decisions and rightfully so in many cases. But last nights decision to go with Mo in the 9th should be one of them.
    One other comment. We fans (including myself) have jumped all over the performances of Jeter and Posada. In my opinion justified. But Swisher is killing the Yankees offense as well and he seems to get a by on criticism in most cases. As for last nights game yes Mo blew the save but the game never should have gone to 15 innings. The Yankees had many opportunities to scores before then and the offense couldn’t/didn’t get it done. A game like last night is a great example of when the team misses Chavez and his offense this year. To have Nunez at SS, Jeter DH, Jones in the OF and Cervelli the starting catcher on a team with a $200MM payroll is embarrassing. That’s just my opinion.

    • uyf1950 - May 19, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      oops. “shouldn’t” is the correct word not “should”. last line of 1st paragraph is meant to read: “But last nights decision to go with Mo in the 9th shouldn’t be one of them.”

  15. deathmonkey41 - May 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    I have the solution- how about the Yankees stop leaving a ton of men on the basepads every game? Most of those blown saves shouldn’t have even been save situations if they just get one or two timely hits. I’m still trying to figure out why Kevin Long gets so much credit for a lineup of allstars and potential Hall of Famers that gets shut down as often as they do.

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