I was wrong about a lot of things this season:
- Hughes and IPK's readiness,
- Melky's breakout,
- Giambi's fragility (he played 143 games, his most since 2003 but only DH'd 26 times),
- and Pettitte's ability to repeat his 2007 tightrope success.
But why dwell on the negatives? (You know, I just spent last week telling my students never to use rhetorical questions in their essays. Do as I say, not as I do).
I got one prediction right, and with frightening accuracy, if I do say so myself (and I do).
Here's my bold prediction for '08:
180IP, 150K, 1.25 WHIP.
And the 20 game winner's final numbers?
200.1IP, 150K, 1.22 WHIP.
Now, I suppose you could argue that the only number I got right was the 150Ks, and since Moose needed an extra twenty and a third innings to rack up those Ks, I really didn't get any of the numbers right. But if you feel that way, you're probably also hoping that Moose hangs them up on a high note.
Frankly, I find myself hoping that, too- that Mussina doesn't follow the Tom Glavine trail of one season too many. As I type this, Buster Olney is on Baseball Tonight saying Moose is likely finished because he doesn't think he can pitch the 3 more seasons he'd need to get the 30 wins to 300. But I think Moose only a ring and/or another 15 wins separate Moose from certain enshrinement in Cooperstown; I don't see how he can pass on another season if he thinks the Yanks are contenders.
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