WhosBabeRuth wrote:The batter has to THINK about all the different possible situations when hitting against Rivera, which if they thought wrong, which happens wuite often (when a batter swings and mises) they were being phyched out, or like I said at the beginning, Rivera was using a key to him being a good pitcher, being pshycological................as for someones earliers comments about me comparing Rivera to a AA pitcher, you mis understood. I said If Mariano throws a 95 Mile and hour straight fastball over the plater as the first pitch, thats the same pitch a AA pitcher could throw and a batter would hammer it. But for some reason, they cant seem to hit that fastball right over the plate, qhich is why I started this topic, to see opinions on why this guy is so much different from some other joe schmo that throws gas. Why can hitters hit joe schmo on the first pitch 95 mile and hour fastball down the pipe, but they cant hit marianos...? Its pshycological.
I don't know how often you watch Rivera but rarely does he throw a fastball right down the middle. Rivera has some of the sickest stuff in the game, whether or not he gets inside the hitter's head. His stuff is awesome and people have tried and tried again to hit it. It doesn't work. Like blankman said, if you think he's much easier to hit than people make him out to be, then you step in and face him. I guarentee he'll make you look like a fool, as he does to PROFESSIONAL hitters.