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Topic Started: Dec 13 2016, 10:57 PM (708 Views)
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<p>David Wright has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and had neck surgery the past two years. He hit .226, struck out 55 times in 37 games and had no way to put any zip on a throw across the diamond. Maybe he'll come back and play half a season well (and get $20 million to do so). But on a scale of 1-10, how certain do you feel about that?</p>
<p>That abysmal season marked the Orioles' fifth sub-.500 finish out of six, but Mussina helped put the franchise back on the road back to respectability. Already remarkably polished, he assumed the mantle of staff ace, a role that 1989 No. 1 pick Ben McDonald couldn't fulfill. The O's improved to 89 wins in 1992 as the 23-year-old Mussina tossed 241 innings of 2.54 ERA ball and went 18–5, earning All-Star honors and placing fourth in the Cy Young voting. His ERA ranked third in the league, and his walk rate (1.8 per nine) and WAR (8.2) were second, the latter trailing only Clemens's 8.8. Not surprisingly, his heavy workload carried a cost: Shoulder soreness limited him to 167 2/3 innings the following year, and he was roughed up for a 4.46 ERA.</p>wholesale jerseys china,
<p>From the outside looking in, it felt like McCutchen was understanding and even accepting of the Pirates position, but irked that a resolution was not reached and could potentially linger. He wasn’t outwardly critical, of course. That’s not his style. But it can’t be easy being stuck in limbo.</p>
<p>Though lacking in those high-profile accomplishments, Mussina nonetheless strung together an exceptional 18-year career spent entirely in the crucible of the American League East, with its high-offense ballparks and high-pressure atmosphere. A cerebral pitcher with an expansive arsenal that featured a 93-mph fastball and a signature knuckle-curve, he not only missed bats with regularity but also had pinpoint control.</p>
<p>Mussina had signed a below-market three-year, $21.5 million contract extension in May, and despite the Orioles falling short that fall, their future looked bright. Alas, a feud with owner Peter Angelos led Johnson to resign the same day he won AL Manager of the Year honors. The O's wouldn't post a winning season again until 2012.</p>
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<p>The problem with the Mets is certainty. Beyond Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson (if he’s not traded) and Noah Syndergaard, there isn’t much you can bank on. (Bartolo Colon, now in Atlanta, was a paragon of consistency.)</p>
<p>As for the advanced metrics, Mussina stands tall thanks to his combination of run prevention and strikeouts (for which he doesn't have to share credit—and thus value—with his fielders). His 83.0 career WAR ranks 23rd all-time, ahead of 41 of the 62 enshrined starting pitchers; it's 14th among post-World War II pitchers. That total is 1.6 wins above 2014 honoree Glavine, who has an almost identical career/peak/JAWS line, and 9.1 above the average for enshrined starters. Mussina's peak WAR of 44.5 doesn't stack up as well; while it's still 65th all-time, it tops only 22 enshrined starters and is 5.8 wins below the average one. Even so, his 63.8 JAWS is 1.7 points above the Hall average, good for 28th all-time, one spot below Schilling (64.5) and two above Glavine (62.9). His score beats those of 38 enshrined starters. He's good enough for Cooperstown.</p>wholesale jerseys
<p>Mussina and the Yankees did their share of winning in 2001. In his pinstriped debut on April 5, he tossed 7 2/3 innings and got the win in a 1–0 squeaker against the Royals. On May 1, he threw a three-hit, 10-strikeout shutout against the Twins. On Sept. 2 at Fenway Park—in a matchup against David Cone, the man he replaced in the Yankees' rotation—he struck out 13 and came within one strike of completing a perfect game, allowing a two-out, two-strike single to Carl Everett before closing out a 1–0 win. Roger Angell’s New Yorker account found Mussina shocked and dour in victory; Cone (who had authored a perfect game for New York two years earlier) was rejuvenated even in defeat.</p>
<p>#Pirates McCutchen: "I was on edge. I didn’t know what to expect. I am glad to be here, still wearing No. 22 on my back."</p>
<p>For that first year in pinstripes, Mussina delivered a 3.15 ERA (143 ERA+), his lowest mark since 1994. That ERA and his career highs in both strikeouts (214) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.1) all ranked second in the AL, and his 7.1 WAR led the league for the only time in his career. Alas, he finished fifth in the Cy Young race, losing to teammate Clemens, who had a vastly inferior season (20–3, 3.51 ERA, 5.6 WAR) save for the league’s fourth-best offensive support (5.7 runs per game), which boosted his win total. Mussina (17–11) had received just 4.2 runs per game, the league's fifth-lowest rate.</p>
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