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New York's view of Soriano



There has been widespread reaction to the Yankees' signing of former Rays closer Rafael Soriano.

A couple of the more interesting takes, both from today's New York Daily News, discuss, in different ways, how he's likely to fit into the setup role.

Talking to Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey, Roger Rubin writes that Soriano should be a good fit. "I know people may wonder about how he will do going back to not finishing games, but I don't think there's any reason to think he will be less effective," Hickey said. "He's getting the ball to Mariano Rivera for the ninth inning. That's the same as pitching to end the game. At least that's how it's been with Rivera for the last 15 years."

But News columnist Bill Madden, without quoting anyone, paints quite a different picture, writing: "Despite his league-leading 45 saves and 1.73 ERA, Soriano was hated by almost everyone in Tampa Bay last year. His periodic hissy-fits over being brought into games in non-save situations, or being asked to pitch more than one inning wore thin on Rays manager Joe Maddon."

Over at, that stats crew, as usual, churns out some interesting numbers about the impact Soriano could have working in front of closer Mariano Rivera, including this interesting nugget:  Consider the pitchers who have the best opponents' on-base percentage since 2007 (minimum 500 batters faced). The Yankees don’t have the best pitcher -- Oakland closer Andrew Bailey -- but they have the next two names on the list, Rivera (.242) and Soriano (.244).



[Last modified: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:15am]


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