Two days ago, I figured that it will be Wang, Johnson and Mussina for the Yankees last three games of the season. (This assumes that Wang stays in the rotation and that Mussina is able to take a normal turn.) But, who’s on schedule to pitch for the Red Sox? As of now, assuming no injuries, skipped turns, etc., it would be Wells, Schilling and Wakefield.
So, the Friday night game on 9/30 will be Wang-Wells. On Saturday, 10/1, it will be the game that everyone wants to see: Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. And, on Sunday, 10/2, it will be Mussina and Wakefield.
That Sunday match-up is bad news for the Yankees. Yes, Mussina pitches well in Fenway. But, this is not an in-shape Mussina and the Yankees have issues with Wakefield. If this whole thing comes down to the last game of the season, the Red Sox have an edge there.
It’s looking more and more important to the Yankees to have a 2-game lead heading into that series – and then take a shot with Wang on Friday for the clinch, and have Johnson as a great back-up on October 1st.
Locking it up by Game 161 would do wonders for this Yankees fan’s old ticker.
Besides, think of all those in RSN who probably paid thousands for seats to that last game of the year. How cool would it be for them to get to watch the Sox play against the Yankees’ Wil Nieves, Andy Phillips, Felix Escalona, Mike Vento, Mark Bellhorn, and Jorge De Paula in a meaningless game?