Can Mariano Rivera Remain His Dominant Self in 2010?

Posted: 24th March 2010 by Bryan Curley in MLB
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All good things must come to an end— unless you're Mariano Rivera, it seems . Rivera once again enters 2010 as one of baseball’s elite closers, even after turning 40 last November. He’s had an ERA above 1.94 only once in the last seven years, and he’s finished with a WHIP under 1.00 in four of the last five seasons. In the last 13 years, he’s saved fewer than 30 games just once (28 in an injury-shortened 2002 season). That kind of greatness is on par with Albert Pujols’ nine straight .300/30/100 seasons. However, behind the historic consistency, there are some worrying trends developing. Note: All stats are as of 2002, the first year these metrics were tracked. Last season, Rivera's average fastball fell below 93.0 MPH for the first time (91.8). His ...

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