Moyer pulling for Mussina to win 20
Phillies lefty last pitcher to reach plateau after turning 39
PHILADELPHIA -- Only eight pitchers have won 20 or more games in a season after they turned 39.Phillies left-hander Jamie Moyer is the most recent hurler to accomplish the feat, winning 21 for the Mariners in 2003 when he was 40. This weekend, however, Moyer may have some company. The Yankees' Mike Mussina, 39, who has 19 wins, will take the ball Sunday in New York's season finale. The right-hander has gotten close to 20 wins -- finishing with 19 while with the Orioles in 1995 and '96 -- but has never reached the 20-win plateau. Moyer had a front-row seat for Mussina's 19-win campaign in '95, when both he and Mussina pitched for Baltimore. "I wish Mike the best," Moyer said. "He's never had a 20-win season. He's worked for it this year." Moyer, 45, is often asked about his own longevity and how he has been so successful on the mound as the Major League's oldest player. The left-hander has been the Phillies' most consistent starting pitcher, leading the team with 15 wins. Between early June and late August, Moyer reeled off 14 consecutive starts in which he allowed three earned runs or fewer.
Twenty-game winners after age of 39
|If Mike Mussina is able to secure his 20th victory on Sunday, he would become the oldest pitcher to do so since Jamie Moyer won 21 games at age 40 for the 2003 Mariners, and he would also be the oldest first-time 20-game winner. Only eight pitchers have won 20 games after their 39th birthday.|
|Warren Spahn||MIL||1960, '61, '63|
|Cy Young||BOS||1907, '08|
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.