Torre announced his rotation for the series and his lineup for the opener, but hadn’t finalized the playoff roster after the team’s early evening workout. He expects to carry 11 pitchers, to 10 for the Angels.
After Mussina, Chien-Ming Wang will start Game 2, followed by Randy Johnson and Shawn Chacon.
So, it’s not Chacón or Johnson in Game 2. Interesting. Now, it will be Wang on normal rest for the game on Wednesday night.
And, Chacón will get Game 4 – almost a week after his short relief appearance yesterday in Fenway and on nine days rest from his last start.
If I read between the lines here, I think it says that the Yankees are concerned about Mussina in Game 1. Today would have been Chacón’s normal day to pitch. So, if he throws tomorrow, in Game 1, he’s pitching on 6 days rest – if you consider yesterday’s work just a “throw day.”
It’s the perfect fit – if Moose bombs early, then bring in Chacón. Then Wang goes in Game 2, followed by Randy in Game 3. Then, if needed, and assuming that Chacón goes in Game 1 (after Mussina), Shawn can come back and pitch in Game 4 on three days rest – or, possibly Small takes the mound that day and then Chacón comes back in Game 5 on normal rest (assuming that Mussina is fried for the series).
Or, in the best case, Mussina does well in Game 1, and then he comes back in Game 5 – and Wang, Unit and Chacón handle the middle.
Very interesting…….and hopefully not stupid.