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Mariano Rivera was on top of the world after clinching the 2000 World Series.For the remainder of the 2013 season, we will look ahead to Mariano Rivera's matchups against teams he will be facing for the final time in the regular season. We missed out on the Diamondbacks, but we'll circle back and play catch-up with that one eventually.
Next up in our series, a look at Rivera's history against the New York Mets.
By the Numbers
Mariano Rivera's career stats vs. the Mets:
• 33 regular-season appearances
• 20 saves
• 35 2/3 innings pitched
• 13 runs allowed
• 29 hits allowed
• 28 strikeouts
2000 World Series:
• 4 appearances
• 2 saves
• 6 innings pitched
• 2 runs allowed
• 4 hits allowed
• 7 strikeouts
Did you know?
• Rivera has 20 regular-season saves in 22 chances against the Mets. His 91 percent conversion rate is third-best among the 17 pitchers with at least 20 save chances against the Mets, trailing John Smoltz (24-for-24) and Randy Myers (21-for-21).
• Rivera's streak of 16 straight conversions against the Mets (from 1999 to 2010) is tied for fourth-best against them.
• Rivera has allowed only one home run in 35 2/3 regular-season innings vs. the Mets. Among the 16 teams he has allowed one or fewer homers against, that is by far his most innings pitched (next on the list is the Brewers, one home run in 16 2/3 innings).
• Rivera has reached base as a hitter once in his major league career, when he drew a bases-loaded walk against Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth inning on June 28, 2009. That's the day Rivera recorded his 500th career major league save.
• Rivera's 3.28 ERA against the Mets in the regular season is his second-highest against any team. He has a 3.65 ERA against the Los Angeles Angels in the regular season.
• The Mets are one of five teams with a pair of walk-off hits against Rivera in the regular season (by Matt Franco and David Wright). The others are the Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners.
• Rivera had two losses at Shea Stadium. The only visiting ballpark he had more losses at is Fenway Park (4).
• Rivera blew his most recent save opportunity against the Mets on July 3, 2011. He has blown consecutive save chances against just two teams in his career: the Angels and Indians.
They said it
"He basically dominates you with one pitch. Everybody says the same thing. He'll tell you what's coming and you're still not going to hit him. His ability to locate that pitch and the presence. He's the best to ever do it and I've seen firsthand how dominating he can be."
-- Mets third baseman David Wright
Rivera's signature moment against the Mets came in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series when he retired Mike Piazza on a fly ball to Bernie Williams in center field for the final out of the Yankees' third straight World Series title.
Over a three-year period from Game 4 of the 1998 ALDS against the Cleveland Indians through the end of the 2000 World Series, Rivera appeared in 24 postseason games.
The Yankees won every one.