From the AP via SI:
Mike Mussina can only wait, watch and hope.
Bad weather is expected Saturday in New York, and if a rainout pushes Game 4 of the AL division series to Sunday, the Los Angeles Angels will consider bringing back Game 1 starter Bartolo Colon to pitch on four days’ rest.
But the Yankees don’t plan to do the same with Mussina. They didn’t even bring him back to New York.
Mussina stayed in Los Angeles when the series moved East. He was the winning pitcher in Game 1 and would be scheduled to start a deciding Game 5 in Anaheim — if the Yankees can force one. They trail 2-1 in the best-of-five series.
So even if the weather forces a game in New York on Sunday, Mussina isn’t expected to be there.
Whoever had this brilliant idea should be fired. I hate this for two reasons.
First, it sent a terrible message to the team. “Yes, were 1-1 in the series with two games to come in our own park. But, we’re so convinced that we cannot win two games in a row, that we’re leaving Moose behind because we know before we even play the next two games that there will be a Game 5 back in L.A.”
Second, and especially now that Game 4 is pushed back a day, what if the Yankees needed Mussina in Game 4? Face it, if the Yankees lose Game 4, there’s no Game 5. It’s all hands on deck – including Mussina. If it’s the kind of game were you need everyone to win it, you do it, and worry about tomorrow’s starter when tomorrow comes.
I have no issue with sending a guy out the day before – in fact, I recommend it. But, this move with Mussina is not that type of situation (for the reasons stated above).
When the Yankees lose this ALDS because of a spot in Game 4 where Mussina could have saved them, it will be another chapter in the legacy of Mike Mussina’s Days In Pinstripes. I’m starting to think that it’s no coincidence that they have zero rings since he showed up.
Why anyone on this team felt there was a need to leave Moose out west this weekend is beyond me.