It’s a given that Mussina will pitch Game 1. This also sets up Moose to pitch Game 5 (if needed) on his normal (4 days) rest.
But, what about Games 2, 3, and 4?
From most reports that I see now, it looks like Chacón going on Game 2 (on what would be 6 days rest – if you consider yesterday’s game a “throw day”) and the Big Unit for Game 3 (on 5 days rest).
But, some reports suggest that Johnson might go on Wednesday, for Game 2, on three days rest. I understand the interest here – because Unit in Game 2 would then give him a chance to throw in Game 5 (albeit again on 3 days rest).
Personally, I’d rather see a rested Johnson go once than try and make the old man go twice, back-to-back starts, on three days rest.
In any event, it looks like Wang will throw Game 4 (on 7 days rest).
The rotation is what it will be because of the fact that the Yankees had to play hard down to Game #161. But, it is scary to think that, if it goes to five games, in the end it will be Mussina – backed up by Johnson on one days rest, Wang on no days rest, and Chacón on three days rest.
Maybe my Aaron Small prediction ends up coming true in Game 5?