Andy Pettitte has won 56 games that Mariano Rivera got the save in. Since the save was invented in 1969, the record for a starter and a closer is 57 by Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley of Oakland. The ever hard-working Elias Sports Bureau figured that out.
So Andy and Mo can tie the record tonight.
Yes, I know, wins are sort of meaningless and so are saves. But that stat does indicate quality over a long period of time. Or at least durability.
You know what would be interesting? A list of pitchers that Mo has the most saves for. I wonder who is after Andy? It’s got to be Moose or Clemens.
Hey, Elias, get on that.
UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: Our man David Pinto has the 411:
Andy Pettitte 56
Mike Mussina 49
Roger Clemens 35
Orlando Hernandez 32
David Wells 25
Chien Ming-Wang 23