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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

On this day in Yankee history: Mariano Rivera picks up 500th career save and first/only RBI

Eight years ago today, Mariano Rivera notched his 500th career save, while also picking up his first career RBI (and only one). In a Subway Series meeting with the Mets, closer Francisco Rodriguez walked Derek Jeter to put Rivera up with the bases loaded. Rivera came up to bat, with no RBIs in his legendary career and having to face one of the best closers at the time in K-Rod. Rivera worked the at-bat to a full count before K-Rod lost him by pitching ball four. The walk gave Mariano his first and only RBI of his career.
 
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He then went on to shut down the Mets at Citi Field in the bottom half of the ninth. His 500th career save only added to his legendary career and put a stamp on the debate of who the greatest closer ever is. Known for his wipeout cutter, Rivera ended his career with 652 saves, the most of all-time. He also ended with 13 career All-Star appearances and postseason records in saves (42) and ERA (0.70). He becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019 and should likely be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Article by: Spencer Schultz
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