I really wish I could remember anything about Mariano Rivera’s time as a starter. It’s all a blur, washing down the same drain as Sergio Mitre and Sidney Ponson starts. That’s unfair to Mo, really, but he was pretty awful as a starting pitcher. Like 5.94 ERA and 124 OPS+ against awful. That video above is from the best of his ten career starts, this eleven-strikeout, two-hit gem against the White Sox on Independence Day 1995. Good grief was that a long time ago.
Here is your open thread for the night. SNY is broadcasting the Staten Island Yankees-Brooklyn Cyclones game, so you’ve got a chance to see some of the Yankees’ best prospects in the lower levels of the minors. I haven’t seen the lineups, but I assume this year’s first rounder 3B Eric Jagielo is playing. Starter RHP Rookie Davis, SS Abi Avelino, OF Michael O’Neill (Paul’s nephew), 1B Bubba Jones, and OF Brandon Thomas are a few others to keep an eye on. You’ve also got the Braves and Cardinals on MLB Network (Maholm vs. Kelly) and preseason football on ESPN. Talk about whatever you like here, have at it.