Open Thread: 601

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

Mariano Rivera made history this afternoon, recording his 601st career save to tie Trevor Hoffman for the most in the baseball history. Every save he picks up from here on out will just add to the history, but like I’ve said before, Mo didn’t need the saves record to validate his position as the greatest reliever of all-time.

After the game, commenter Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat did some research and dug up the winning pitcher for each of Mo’s milestone saves…

1Andy Pettitte
100 – Orlando Hernandez
200 – Sterling Hitchcock
300Javy Vazquez
400 – Jaret Wright
479 – Phil Coke (passed Lee Smith for second place on the all-time saves list)
500Chien-Ming Wang
600A.J. Burnett
601 – Aaron Laffey

I’ll add one more to the list, number 225. That was another El Duque win, and it moved Mo past Dave Righetti for the most saves in team history. Who’s  going to be number 602? I honestly hope it’s not Freddy Garcia, he’s starting tomorrow and I want to see Mo get the record at home. So let’s hope for a blowout win on Sunday and then a save situation sometime next week.

Anyways, here is tonight’s open thread. There’s a ton of college football on, plus MLB Network will be airing a game (teams depend on where you live). You can talk about that, Mo’s awesomeness, or anything else you want. Have at it.

Hughes’ next start pushed back due to back spasms

Via Marc Carig, Phil Hughes‘ next start has been pushed back due to back spasms. He was scheduled to pitch Monday against the Twins, but A.J. Burnett will now make that start on five day’s rest. Hughes thinks he’ll be ready to go for Tuesday, but even if he’s not, the Yankees have plenty of pitching options for that day. As always with September injuries, take as much time as you need now so it’s not a problem later.

Cool Standings ranks the top collapses

I don’t want to jinx anything (you don’t believe in that stuff, do you?), but I thought this was pretty neat: Cool Standings put together a list of the biggest collapses in baseball history based on the team’s peak playoff chances. For example, the 2007 Mets had 99.5% chance to make the postseason on Sept. 13th, but we all know what happened there. Amazingly enough, that’s only the third biggest collapse in history. The 1995 Angels had a 99.9% chance (!!!) to make the postseason in August 24th, but they finished the season on a 12-23 skid and one game back of the Mariners. I imagine the internet would have exploded back then.


Rays @ Red Sox Game Thread

The Rays and Red Sox are playing this afternoon, a game that is very relevant to the Yankees. Unfortunately, if you’re in New York, you won’t be able to watch because the Mets and Braves will be on FOX. I know a ton of you folks are outside the Tri-State though, so here’s a thread to talk about the game. Game starts at 4pm, and it’ll be Niemann vs. Lester.

Update: The game is on FOX Sports Deportes in New York. It’s channel 125 for me on Time Warner in NYC. The broadcast is in Spanish, obviously.

Game 150: A-Rod’s back, yet again

How can you expect to get a hit ... when you're not even using a real bat? (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

After missing another six days because of that sprained left thumb, Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup this afternoon, but in an unfamiliar spot. He’s hitting fifth for the first time in the Joe Girardi Era, and the first time since September 6th of 2006. Here’s the box score for that game. Seven innings of one-hit ball from Randy Johnson, neat. Here’s the lineup…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B – .244/.337/.488
Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B – .284/.367/.475 … why is he batting fifth and not Tex?
Nick Swisher, RF
Jesus Montero, DH
Brett Gardner, LF
Austin Romine, C

Bartolo Colon, SP

The game is scheduled to start at 1:07pm ET, and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.