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16 In 15 For Mo Rivera

Posted by Steve Lombardi on May 17, 2010

From May 22, 1995 through May 16, 2010, Mariano Rivera has pitched in 930 regular season games. That's 15 years of pitching - well, actually, it's just about 6 days short of being a full 15 years...but, it's close enough.

How many times in those 15 years has Rivera recorded just two outs or less in a regular season game while allowing 2 earned runs or more? Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Pitching Game Finder, here's the answer:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP ERA WPA RE24 aLI
1 2010-05-16 NYY MIN L 3-6 8-8 ,BS 0.1 1 2 2 1 1 1 14 7   3 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 54.00 -0.715 -4.210 4.053
2 2009-09-18 NYY SEA L 2-3 9-9f ,BL 0.2 2 2 2 0 2 1 14 11   0 0 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27.00 -0.793 0.190 3.290
3 2009-06-06 NYY TBR L 7-9 9-9 ,L 0.2 3 4 3 1 0 0 21 10   0 0 6 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40.50 -0.419 -1.925 1.548
4 2009-05-07 NYY TBR L 6-8 9-9 ,L 0.2 2 2 2 0 1 2 24 16   0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27.00 -0.408 -1.584 1.242
5 2007-04-27 NYY BOS L 4-11 9-9 0.1 3 4 4 1 1 0 21 11   0 0 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 108.00 -0.028 -2.081 .143
6 2007-04-20 NYY BOS L 6-7 8-8f ,BL 0.2 3 2 2 0 1 0 14 11   2 2 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 27.00 -0.637 -2.736 2.236
7 2007-04-15 NYY OAK L 4-5 9-9f ,BL 0.2 2 3 3 1 0 1 20 14   0 0 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40.50 -0.905 0.071 1.760
8 2006-06-17 NYY WSN L 9-11 8-8f ,BL 0.2 2 2 2 1 0 0 15 9   1 1 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 27.00 -0.612 -2.469 1.983
9 2004-09-04 NYY BAL L 0-7 9-9 0.1 4 4 4 0 0 1 11 10   0 0 5 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 108.00 -0.070 -2.684 .246
10 2004-07-24 NYY BOS L 10-11 8-9f ,BL 0.2 3 3 3 0 0 1 15 9   1 0 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40.50 -0.839 -0.743 2.998
11 2002-07-14 NYY CLE L 7-10 9-9f ,BL 0.2 5 6 6 1 1 1 32 17   0 0 8 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 81.00 -0.956 -2.264 4.939
12 2001-09-21 NYY BAL L 6-7 9-9f ,BL 0.1 3 2 2 0 0 0 6 6   0 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 54.00 -0.793 -0.907 5.197
13 1999-07-10 NYY NYM L 8-9 9-9f ,BL 0.2 2 2 2 2 0 0 22 12   0 0 6 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27.00 -0.785 -0.259 6.022
14 1996-09-19 (2) NYY BAL L 9-10 8-8 ,L 0.1 4 3 3 0 0 0 20 14   0 0 5 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 81.00 -0.421 -3.158 1.488
15 1996-08-02 NYY KCR L 3-4 10-10f,BL 0.2 4 4 4 1 1 0 28 18   0 0 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 54.00 -0.947 -1.891 3.776
16 1995-09-15 NYY BAL L 1-8 6-6 0.2 1 2 2 1 0 1 18 12   2 2 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27.00 -0.062 -2.739 .395
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/17/2010.

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Yes, including yesterday's game, it's happened just 16 times. Think about that...16 times in 930 tries. That's not very often, at all, is it?

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4 Responses to “16 In 15 For Mo Rivera”

  1. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    These 16 games, which represent less than 2% of all Rivera's career games pitched, account for more than one sixth of all the earned runs he has ever allowed (46 of 275) and almost 15% of all the home runs he has given up (9 of 61). Also three of the 13 triples he has allowed.

    If you took these 16 games out of Mariano's record, his career WHIP would be 0.9676, which would place him microscopically ahead of Addie Joss (0.9678) for lowest career WHIP.

    Not that we all couldn't benefit from having all our failures removed from the record . . . but it shows in yet another way just how good Rivera has been.

  2. Nolan Ryan threw 7 no-hitters in 28 years.
    That's 1 no-hitter every 4 years (or 1 every 120 starts)

  3. Kahuna-

    While we all could benefit from having our failures removed, few would benefit from having a mere 16 games removed. YIKES!

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