W2W4: Yankees in the All-Star Game
July, 16, 2013
By Mark Simon | ESPNNewYork.com
A look at the All-Star storylines involving the Yankees' representatives in tonight's game.
The end for Mariano
Mariano Rivera was named to his 13th All-Star Game, the second-most of any pitcher in major league history, trailing only Warren Spahn’s 17.
Rivera has eight All-Star game appearances. The only pitcher with more total appearances is Roger Clemens with 10.
Rivera has four All-Star Game saves, the most all time (one more than Dennis Eckersley). His most recent was in 2009. Rivera’s All-Star Game ERA is 0.00, with one unearned run allowed in eight innings. The only pitcher with more career All-Star innings pitched and no earned runs allowed is Mel Harder, a former Indians pitcher from the 1930s and 1940s, with 13.
Rivera is tied with Derek Jeter and Joe DiMaggio for the third-most selections in Yankees history. Only Mickey Mantle (20) and Yogi Berra (18) have more.
Making sure Mo gets in the game
Jim Leyland has promised that Rivera will pitch tonight, but he could be faced with an interesting situation.
Let's say the AL has a one-run lead with someone other than Rivera pitching in the eighth inning with two outs and a runner on base. Should the NL batter hit a homer, the AL would be trailing and Rivera might not get the chance to pitch unless he's already warmed up at that point.
The solution to that would be to have Rivera ready to potentially earn a save by getting at least one out in the eighth inning. It's been a while since someone got a four-out save in an All-Star Game. The last to do so was Doug Jones of the Indians in 1989. The last to get a two-inning save was another pitcher who wore No. 42, future Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter of the Cubs in 1980.
Cano, don'tcha know
This will be Robinson Cano's fourth consecutive All-Star Game start, matching the Yankees' record for starts by a second baseman, previously held by Willie Randolph.
Cano is 1-for-5 in All-Star Games.
Cano went 1-for-4 against NL starter Matt Harvey earlier this season, getting a hit on a curve that Harvey hung, popping up and striking out against sliders, and pulling an outside changeup on the ground to first base.
It should be noted that Cano is mashing off-speed pitches from righties this season. He’s one of three hitters with 10 or more home runs against curves, sliders and changeups from righties, along with the next two hitters Harvey would face -- Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis.