• Let’s Hear It For The Yankees Sunshine Boys

    Posted by on September 24th, 2008 · Comments (2)

    Through last night’s game, Mike Mussina, Joba Chamberlain, and Mo Rivera each have 20+ Runs Saved Above Average (RSAA) on the season. If they can keep that up through season end, it will be the first time since 1998 that the Yankees have had 3 pitchers on their roster, in a season, with 20+ RSAA. Here’s the list of Yanks with 20+ RSAA in a year since 1996, via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, with 2008 being to-date:

    Pitcher		YEAR	RSAA	IP
    Mariano Rivera	2008	24	69.1
    Joba Chamberlain	2008	23	100.1
    Mike Mussina	2008	22	194.1
    Chien-Ming Wang	2007	21	199.1
    Mariano Rivera	2006	21	75.0
    Mariano Rivera	2005	27	78.1
    Mariano Rivera	2004	22	78.2
    Tom Gordon	2004	22	89.2
    Mike Mussina	2003	23	214.2
    Mariano Rivera	2003	21	70.2
    Mike Mussina	2001	34	228.2
    Roger Clemens	2001	24	220.1
    Roger Clemens	2000	32	204.1
    Jeff Nelson	2000	20	69.2
    David Cone	1999	21	193.1
    Mariano Rivera	1999	20	69.0
    David Wells	1998	23	214.1
    Orlando Hernandez	1998	21	141.0
    David Cone	1998	21	207.2
    Andy Pettitte	1997	38	240.1
    David Cone	1997	33	195.0
    Mariano Rivera	1996	35	107.2
    Andy Pettitte	1996	28	221.0
    

    Further, this is the first time in Yankees history where they have had 2 pitchers on the team, age 38 or older, with 20+ RSAA for the season. The only other Yankees to do “20+ RSAA” at that age or older were Spud Chandler in 1946 and Roger Clemens in 2001.

    Is this a big deal, in Yankees history, to have this happen for the first time? Actually, it’s bigger than that. In fact, no team in baseball history, before the Yankees this season with Mussina and Rivera, has ever had 2 pitchers on their team, age 38 or older, in the same year, with 20+ RSAA on the season.

    Where would the Yankees be, pitching-wise, this season without their two old-timers, Moose & Mo? It would be pretty bad. And, the fact that what they’re doing, at their age, has never been done before, in terms of a duo-act on the same team is…well…incredible.

    Comments on Let’s Hear It For The Yankees Sunshine Boys

    1. Don
      September 24th, 2008 | 2:01 pm

      Can Mussina duplicate this in 2009, even come close? Let him walk.

      The big question is: How long can Mariano maintain this level? Yay Mo!

    2. September 24th, 2008 | 3:19 pm

      Mo should be fine. He’s in great shape and appears to have lost nothing, to date.

      Mussina? Good question. No way will he win 19+ again next year. But, he could/should be good for 13 wins…idea for a #4 starter.

      If I’m the Yankees, I offer him a one-year deal for $12 million. Or, a two-year deal for $11 million each – where the club has an option to buy-out the second year for $2 million.

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