The TGP Yankees Award for Best Relief Pitcher goes to Rafael Soriano!
When we all watched the breaking news about Mariano Rivera going down on the warning track while shagging fly balls in Kansas City pre game I think a lot of us thought the season was over. Rafael Soriano stepped in and stepped in in a huge way and #untuck 'd his way into the hearts of Yankees fans. After being signed in the 2010 off season for ridiculous numbers with multiple opt out clauses the Yankees finally got their money's worth out of Soriano in 2012. Let's take a closer look at his 2012 season that ultimately saved the Yankees season.
Rafael Soriano's age 32 season showcased some controversy when he untucked his jersey after every save, although shooting an arrow in the air is totally legit, and it could not have united the Yankees fans on twitter any more. Soriano finished with 42 #untuck 's in 45 opportunities and in 67.2 IP. He also showcased a 2-1 record with a 2.26 ERA in 69 games this season. His 1.167 WHIP and 2.6 WAR almost rivaled the man he replaced, the great Mariano Rivera.
Congratulations to Rafael Soriano for being the Yankees best relief pitcher for 2012!