Game 142, Yankees at Mariners
Mussina v Silva
Silva pitch type, 2008
Mussina pitch type, 2008
I’m a long-time fan of Mussina: you may remember not that long ago I was wildly advocating the Mariners trying to pick him up when the Yankees were unhappy with him. And I have to admit that as much as I rail against the stupidity of the arbitrary standards for Hall of Fame admission, if there is going to be a “twenty-game winner” check box that counts for five points, well, I wish him luck getting it.
Not tonight, of course. But Mussina’s going to need to pick up three wins in these four likely starts:
Tonight, against the M’s.
Saturday, against the Rays.
Thursday the 18th against the White Sox.
Wednesday the 24th against the Blue Jays.
Now there are two rest days in there, and the Yankees suck, so say they skip forward in the rotation where possible. Then there are five:
Friday the 12th against the Rays
Wednesday the 17th against the White Sox.
Tuesday the 23rd against the Blue Jays.
Sunday the 28th against the Red Sox.
He gets the extra start, and probably against a Red Sox team, but one looking ahead to the playoffs and possibly resting some regulars.
What makes me sad, though, is the thought of the Yankees potentially stooping to get him some vulture wins to get him to twenty. But stupid standards often drive stupid decisions, and if it’s the difference between getting him into the Hall or not, well, good luck with that.