The New York Yankees were simply following their usual script on Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox.
The Mets began the season 18-13, putting them just 0.5 games out of first place in the National League East. But they'd scored 128 runs and allowed 146. To some stats nerds, this suggested that there was something flukey about their performance.
While it is far from clear which pitcher the Yankees will choose, it really shouldn't be. Rafael Soriano is a very good relief pitcher. And David Robertson is significantly better.(1)
When the Yankees lost Mariano Rivera for the year due to injury, the loss was undoubtedly psychological as well as physical. Not only had Rivera been the finest closer in baseball history, he'd been that for New York, year after year, since 1997.
"Different mindset to close games," Kay said. "The three outs in the ninth are completely different than the three outs in the eighth."