After a walk and hit batter, Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning tonight, getting his 12th save and touching 95 mph in the process.
“Speed doesn’t define whether you’re going to do good or bad,” Rivera said. “Speed is just speed. The most important thing is hitting your location. If you hit your location, if you do what you’re supposed to do, everything will be fine. I don’t look for velocity. I look for spots. If I hit my spot, it doesn’t matter if it’s 90 or 89.”
Rivera said he wasn’t aggressive enough against the first two batters, but when he had two on with no outs, “It got to a different level,” he said.
Joe Girardi remembered the last time he saw Rivera hitting that kind of velocity, and he’s actually hoping this time will be different.
“The last time he hit those numbers was the time that he got hurt,” Girardi said. “I hope he feels good tomorrow. It just means he’s feeling good.”
Associated Press photo of Rivera walking off the field with Girardi, with Alex Rodriguez congratulating him with a slap pat on the back.