Last night, at Yankee Stadium, Mariano Rivera reached 40 saves for the season.
Here’s a few facts:
Rivera has 79 saves in 81 opportunities in the last two seasons.
His ERA for this season is 1.69. Unless he has a terrible second half of September, this will be the sixth time in the last seven seasons he has delivered an ERA of less than 2.
In total, he has 9 seasons with an ERA of less than 2.
He has pitched over a 1000 innings for the Yankees in a 15 season career and delivered 522 saves over that period.
His ERA in 31 division series games for the Yankees is a minuscule 0.38
His ERA in 25 championship series games for the Yankees is 0.93
His ERA in 20 World Series games is 1.16
He has 34 post-season saves
He has played 8 times for the American League All-Star team. His ERA for them is 0.00
His OBA for the post-season has only once exceeded .250
Since he became a reliever, his OBA for the Yankees in regular season games has never exceeded .300
He has struck out 998 opponents in regular season play
He has ranked in the top 10 save earners in the American League every year since 1997
Mariano Rivera is certainly the best relief pitcher I have ever seen and I would argue that he is the best relief pitcher ever to grace a baseball diamond.