What’s up with our closer? The Weblog that Derek Built posits a few explanations for Mo’s difficulty with the Sox: bad luck, injury, emotional trauma stemming from the deaths in his electrified pool (!), not yet in form following shortened spring training. One possibility missing from TWTDB’s list—and the one we find most scare: the gradual diminution of ability that comes with age. Well, now. It’s a bit early to be falling back on that one, though it is worth noting that his bb/k ratio fell from 2003 to 2004, and he’s been having profressively more trouble with lefties. For the moment, however, we’re just going to hope (and assume) Mariano finds his control and his cutter begins to cut….and the sooner the better.