Statistics through three games mean very little, we know. But watching Mariano Rivera close out Monday night's 4-3 win over the Twins at the Stadium got us thinking.
His first 10 pitches were all strikes, and 12 of his 14 overall pitches were strikes (including a close one on pitch 13 that was called a ball for being low).
Have a look at Rivera's balls and strikes ratio over his first three appearances in each of the past five seasons.
And just for comparison's sake, here's how Rivera finished the past four seasons, percentage-wise.
Again, what does this all mean in the grand scheme of the 2011 season? Not much yet, but it's something to watch for when Rivera comes in to pitch. It's either that or count the number of bats he breaks.