Monday, October 19, 2009

Mariano Rivera should keep pitching

Michael Kay dropped terrific news for Yankee fans during today's pre-game show on YES when he mentioned that Mariano Rivera was open to pitching beyond the expiration of his contract after the 2010 season. Mo previously had stated that he would retire after next year, but he is apparently having second thoughts. And he should since he continues to be so dominating. I'd like to see him go after baseball's all-time saves record, although he certaintly does not need it for validation as the best closer in baseball history. But it would be a nice record for him to hold. He has 526 saves in the regular season right now, second only to Trevor Hoffman's 591 saves.

As for today's game, Mo is said to be available despite having pitched 2 1/3 innings Saturday night. Seems like it's all hands on deck today, which makes sense since most of the other relievers only pitched to one or two batters in Game 2. Except, of course, Dave Robertson, who is winning the hearts of Yankee fans and his manager and teammates with his Houdini-like performances in the postseason.

Chad Gaudin will stay in the bullpen after Joe Girardi confirmed that CC Sabathia would start Game 4 tomorrow night. Like I said the other day, it's the right move regardless of whether the Yanks go up 3-0 or are 2-1 in the American League Championship Series. If you have the opportunity to finish the Angels, you go with your best guy. And you have to go with CC if the Angels are in a position to tie the series.

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