Originally Posted by UCBrownsfan
Mariano Rivera was the Yankees closer from 1997-2011 - 15 years as the main finisher.
In those 15 years here is the Yankees distribution of wins over Pyth.
-9 thru -5 : 0
-4 thru 0 : 4
1 thru 5 : 7
6 thru 10 : 3
Greater than 10: 1
Over his career as the Yankees finisher they were 41 games over Pythagorean or 2.7 games/ year over Pyth.
As I posted earlier, Rivera actually was below league average in protecting a 1 run lead. So I don't think we can contribute their pythagorean record to the Rivera factor.