By now it should be crystal clear to everybody that I am not, nor have I ever been a Rafael Soriano fan. He hasn't pitched that great overall since joining the Yankees last season, at least not as well as his monstrosity of a contract would suggest he should be. Because of that contract, and the fact that nobody in their right mind would give him that much on the open market, he's basically guaranteed to be back on the team as a big financial burden next year. And he's just really not a very likable guy, definitely not the easiest to root for.
But I'll be damned if old Sour Puss hasn't stepped up the plate and done a bang-up job filling in as the team's closer since Mo and D-Rob went down. Since becoming the "official" closer on May 10th, here's Soriano's line:
15 App., 13.1 IP, 13 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K
ORIOLES COULD STEAL AWAY ICHIRO
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