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New York Yankees: An Exminantion of Mariano Rivera’s Season

this time last week, the New York and national media ran with the classic "Is Mariano Rivera Done?" theme, an almost yearly event that breaks down Rivera's recent weekly troubles. After blowing one save in one game, giving up a home run and the lead in a tied game and allowing a home run in a save in another brought the same crazy talk that Rivera is not the same pitcher. 

Let's get one thing straight. Rivera isn't the same pitcher now as he was in his prime, but he hasn't been that pitcher since 2007. Rivera's average velocity on his signature cutter has averaged a little more than 91 mph from 2009-2011, and it hasn't averaged 93 mph since 2007. Rivera's swinging strike rate has improved this season from 8.2 percent in 2010 to 8.7 percent in ...

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