This is not a panic post, Mariano Rivera is struggling, but as always I have full faith in him. At the same time it’s hard to ignore what’s been going on.
Rivera’s struggles go back to September 11th. On September 10th he pitched two innings in Texas. It was a strong performance. He needed just 23 pitches to get through those two innings so Joe Girardi decided it was OK to go with him the next night.
That day things went wrong for Rivera. He needed 21 pitches to get just one out and was pulled without being able to get through the inning.
Here are his numbers from September 11th on:
6 G, 0-1 record, 3 SV, 3 BS, 5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 9.53 ERA.
Now Rivera’s velocity has been consistent so it’s not likely a physical problem. He’s hasn’t been as consistent within the strike zone as he usually is.
Again, this is not a panic post, Rivera will turn it around. But I did want to point out how bad he has been. And at the age of 40 we need to be reminded that he won’t last forever. Once he does fade, the Yankees could be in real trouble.