August, 11, 2008
• Craig Brown writes about Mike Mussina's renaissance, and notes (among other things) that Mussina's walk rate this season is the best of his career and of course it's always been pretty good. What I love about Mussina's season is that most of us -- yes, me included -- basically wrote him off after last season. This game will always surprise you. • It's often said that closers, or at least some closers, just don't pitch as well in non-save situations. I've never seen a comprehensive study of the issue (actually, I probably have, but if so I've forgotten the results). One thing we do know: As David Pinto points out, Mariano Rivera has pitched a lot better in save situations. • Brandon Webb practically locked up his second Cy Young Award yesterday, right? He's now 17-4 with a 2.88 ERA. Aaron Cook's No. 2 in the National League with 14 wins, and his ERA is a run higher. For Webb to lose the Cy Young, he'd have to slump and somebody -- oddly enough, Ryan Dempster seems like the best candidate -- would have to finish in a rush. Meanwhile, after eight shutout innings yesterday, Cliff Lee's record is even better: 16-2, 2.45. But Lee's not quite in the clear yet, as Joe Saunders (14-5, 3.07) is still sort of within striking distance.