Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame ceremony
at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
August 25, 2012. By Keith Allison (Flickr)
[CC-BY-SA-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Yanks won games 4 and 5 against starters Kenny Rogers and Scott Erickson. Mussina appears to have been number three, at least in the opinion of his manager Davey Johnson, despite leading the American Conference with 36 starts and having a record of 19-11. Mussina had pitched 8 innings September 28 in Toronto in his final regular season appearance. The first round started Oct. 1 with Wells, then Erickson the next day, then Mussina on Oct. 4 in game three, which Baltimore lost 9-4; Mussina allowed four runs in the first four innings but was not charged with the loss leaving after six; homer to Manny Ramirez.
Against the Yankees in the regular season: 6-8, 3.38 ERA, 119 innings, 13 HR. OK.
How about in his other tournament series? Was Mussina the go to guy?
1997 round one: 2-0, 1.93 ERA, 14 innings; started games one and four, both against Randy Johnson. Mussina was the man.
1997 round two: 2 starts, 0.60 ERA, 15 innings; games 3 and 6; Baltimore lost 2-1 in 12, 1-0 in 11; lost series in 6 games.
2001 round one: Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte lost games 1 & 2 in Yankee Stadium; Mussina won game three 1-0 when Derek Jeter made the flip toss to home - no runs, 7 innings.
2001 round two: Pettite won game 1 in Seattle, Mussina won game two 3-2 - 2 runs, 6 innings HR Stan Javier
2001 round three: In Arizona Mussina lost game one 9-1; 3 innings, 5 runs (3 earned), HR: Luis Gonzalez, Craig Counsell. Series tied 2-2 Mussina started game five in New York; Yanks won 3-2 in 12; 8 innings, 2 runs, 10 SO, HR: Steve Finley, Rod Barajas.
2002 round one: game three Yanks lost 9-6; 4 innings, 4 runs, HR: Adam Kennedy.
2003 round one: lost game one 3-1; 7 innings, 3 runs.
2003 round two: lost game one 5-2 in NY; 5.66 innings 4 runs HR: Todd Walker, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez. Lost game four in Boston 3-2; 6.66 innings, 3 runs, HR: Todd Walker, Trot Nixon. FIVE home runs!
Game seven relieved Clemens in 4th inning, runners on first and third no outs, Yanks down 4-0: prevented Clemens' runners from scoring; 3 innings, 0 runs. Yanks won in 11 on HR by Aaron Boone.
2003 round three: won game three 6-1; 7 innings, 1 run. Yanks lost series in 6 games.
2004 round one: lost game one 2-0; 7 innings, 2 runs; HR Jacque Jones.
2004 round two: won game one 10-7; 6.66 innings, 4 runs, 8 SO. Started game 5; 6 innings, 2 runs; Yanks lost 5-4 14 innings. Yanks lost series in 7 games.
2005 round one: won game one 4-2; 5.66 innings, no runs. Lost fifth and final game 5-3; 2.66 innings, 5 runs; HR Garret Anderson.
2006 round one: lost game two 4-3; 7 innings, 4 runs; HR Carlos Guillen.
2007 round one: fourth and final game relieved starter Chien-Ming Wang in 2nd inning, bases loaded no outs - allowed two of Wang's runners to score; Wang lost 6-4; 4.66 innings, 2 runs.
regular: .9, 3.68
tournament: 1.2, 3.42
Mussina pitched well in the tournament if not very memorably and with a worse HR rate. He started game one more often than I would have thought, especially after Clemens had left. Gave up too many homers in the tournament but often with no runners. With the Yankees I don't ever recall thinking that the Yankees had an edge in the tournament because they had Mussina or in specific games when Mussina pitched. I never thought: well the Yanks may lose this game but they have Mussina to bail them out in the next game. What Yankee fan ever thought anything like that, or any Baltimore fan when Mussina played there?
If you look at his regular season numbers Mussina has very little black ink, which shows that he led. He seems like Don Sutton minus five years. I can understand why some people think that Mussina should be elected but I'm not enthusiastic.
1946 to 2013, IP>=3000 and ERA+ >=120:
Mussina is in elite company at number 12. The others are all Hall of Fame or equivalent. I guess it's OK to like Mike Mussina for the Hall of Fame. Just don't shout it.
Oh, Bert Blyleven: ERA+ 118 .