The Baltimore Orioles won 93 games during the regular season in 2012, on the basis of a pretty simple formula.
After six games, the Yankees are 2-4. Exactly how worrisome this is depends on whether the offense, eighth in the American League in O.P.S., is really so mediocre (it probably is) and whether the pitching, 14th in the American League, is really terrible (almost certainly not).
It's hard to say precisely what was most miraculous about Mariano Rivera's career, which is he set to announce Saturday is entering its final season: the career itself, filled with unprecedented excellence, or that Rivera's success, for the sport's most hated team, inspired little other than respect and admiration from opponents and fans of 29 other teams.
The New York Knicks nearly defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, one of the best teams in the N.B.A., Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. And there's really only one reason why: J.R. Smith.
The New York Yankees seemed to have their closer situation settled early this week, when Mariano Rivera told the team he intended to return in 2013. But it's not that simple.
It is easy, and perhaps inevitable, to take Carmelo Anthony's performances for the New York Knicks this weekend as the primary story from a pair of decisive home wins.
As expected, Rafael Soriano opted out of his contract with the New York Yankees on Wednesday. He and agent Scott Boras are betting that forgoing a guaranteed $14 million in 2013 will pay off, with free agency this winter providing a longer-term deal for at least as much money per season.
When Mariano Rivera went down with a season-ending knee injury this past May, he was unequivocal about whether that injury would end his career.
“I am coming back,” Rivera said the day after suffering the injury. “Put it down. Write it down in big letters. I’m not going down like this. God willing and given the strength, I’m coming back.”
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.
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?(1)
"Different mindset to close games," Kay said. "The three outs in the ninth are completely different than the three outs in the eighth."
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?(2)