Just looked up a few splits on Mariano Rivera:
• Opposing batters are at .241 (7 of 29) with two strikes. That may not seem like a lot. But over the course of his career, that number was at .158 prior to this season.
• The first hitter he faces is 5 of 12 and has struck out only twice.
• With two outs, opposing hitters are 5 of 17 with two home runs.
Granted it’s a small sample size. But that is troubling. If he just needs to build up velocity, perhaps it’s just a blip. If not …
Meanwhile, sad news today as Dom DiMaggio passed away at 92. The brother of Joe DiMaggio was a great player in his own right, making the All-Star team seven times as the center fielder of the Red Sox. Because he wore glasses and was 5-9, he was known as “The Little Professor.”
Imagine having the great Joe D as your brother and still being able to fashion a fine career.
Mr. DiMaggio also was a successful business after he retired from baseball and was known for his charitable ways, especially to down-and-out players from his era.