Hughes and Rivera Tandem

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Hughes and Rivera Tandem
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(Zell's Pinstripe Blog)

The Yankees have something that no other team in baseball has. It’s called “The Forumla”. They have the best back end of the bullpen in the major leagues. Come postseason, this becomes a very important role in a team’s success. Joe Torre had this with Mariano Rivera and John Wetteland back in 1996. All he needed was 6 solid innings out of his starter, and he could tun it over the bullpen knowing he gave the ball to the best back end in baseball. Let’s say Sabathia, Burnett, Chamberlain, or Pettitte goes 6 innings..he can turn the ball over to the bullpen and feel confident that he can get an easy win.

1996

Mariano Rivera- 107.2IP  (W-L) 8-3  5SV  2.09ERA  130K

John Wetteland- 63.2IP (W-L) 2-3  43SV  2.83ERA  69K

2009

Phil Hughes- 63.0IP (W-L) 4-3  1SV  3.43ERA  65K

Mariano Rivera- 44.2IP (W-L) 1-2  30SV  2.01ERA  50K

When October rolls around, I know that I’ll be confident with Girardi handing the ball over to these two guys. Maybe this time we’ll see Mariano jumping into Posada’s arms.

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