Think about it.
The Yankees and Tigers, because of the rain yesterday, will now play their remaining ALDS games in a row. It will either be two-, three-, or four-games in a row, depending on the game outcomes.
Today is Mussina for the Yankees. Tomorrow is Randy Johnson.
On Saturday, it will be either Jaret Wright and Cory Lidle – as Torre won’t say “who” yet.
Randy Johnson is a question mark in terms of how many innings he can give you tomorrow. It could be eight or it could be less than one. No one knows, for sure.
You know that Wright or Lidle are going to give you 5 or 6 innings on Saturday, at best.
This means that you can probably count on the Yankees bullpen being needed in Game 3 of this LDS – and Game 4, if the game is played.
The last thing the Yankees need is for Bruney, Proctor, Farnsworth and Rivera to all have to pitch today, behind Mussina – because you can safely bet that two of those four (or more) will be needed on Friday. And, maybe all of those four will be needed on Saturday (if the game is played).
Don’t even get me started about the potential pen abuse for New York impacting Game 5 of this series (now) because of the rain-out.
This is why Mike Mussina has to give the Yankees at least 6 innings today – and better if it was 7 innings. This will require Mussina to average around 15 pitches per inning. That’s very economical – but, the Tigers are a free swinging team. So, it’s possible.
Bottom line, if Mussina only goes 4 or 5 innings today, it’s going to hurt the Yankees chances in this series – thanks to the rain taking out the off-day (that was scheduled for today).