Stupid Humbug Stat Tricks - Mo (has been) better blues Edition
The Yankees' Mariano Rivera failed to hold a lead during the 8th inning of last night's 7-6 loss to the Red Sox in Fenway Park.
Coupled with his prior save opportunity, surrendering a game-ending 3-run homer in a 5-4 loss to the A's on the 15th, this represents only the 8th time Rivera has blown consecutive save opportunities. Its been over two years since his last run of consecutive blown saves, perhaps not-so-coincidentally at the hands of the Red Sox.
Rivera has a ways to go to eclipse the record for consecutive blown saves though. As shown below the cut, four different pitchers have managed to blow six consecutive save opps: