Mariano Rivera picked up his 30th save of the season last night, an accomplishment that has to be looked at as impressive no matter how you feel about the legitimacy of the statistic. To do what he's done this season at his age, coming off major knee surgery, is astounding and a testament to both Mo's other-worldly greatness. The sheer number of saves he's racked up is a testament to the continued overachievement of the team this season. Lotta close games, not a lot of runs being scored, little margin for error. In typical Mo fashion, he's done the job time and time again.
To put his final season in perspective, Mo is on pace for 52 saves this season. That would be his highest total since 2004 when he had 53 and would be only the third time in his career he's notched 50+. He's also on pace for 66 appearances this year, his most since 2009. He's striking out as many guys as he always has and he's walking a couple fewer. Very few get to do it, but Mo certainly looks like he's going to go out on top.
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