Mariano hadn't blown a save since April. He hadn't lost a game since June. The Mariners' best hitter beat the best closer of all time. It's painful, but whaddaya gonna do. Some say Joe Girardi should have had Mo walk Ichiro, but given what a whole to-do it was back in June when Joe had Mo walk Evan Longoria, I can see he didn't.
I will predict that Rivera will blow a save the next time out - he always seems to have his bad outings in bunches.
One other thing to take away from last night's game - A.J. Burnett had a great outing, albeit a now-forgotten one.
In other news, is there any reason to worry about the Red Sox, because they gained a game on the Yanks last night? I say no. As Steve Lombardi of Was Watching points out:
If the Yankees play just .500 baseball for the rest of the season, and go 7-7 in their remaining games, then the Red Sox will have to go 15-1 in their remaining games to pass New York in the standings. Yeah, fifteen and one.Yeah, yeah, I know, stranger things have happened - the 2007 Mets, 2004 Yanks, etc. But, more to the point, the Yanks' Magic Number for the Wild Card is only three. So even if the Sox somehow won the division, the Yankees are still making the playoffs.
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