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How Did the 2019 Hall of Fame Class Fare Against the LA Angels?

By Vincent Page
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 6: Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium May 6, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 6: Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium May 6, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 9: Mike Mussina #35 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 9, 2006 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Yankees won 10-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 9: Mike Mussina #35 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 9, 2006 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Yankees won 10-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /

Mike Mussina, who spent the majority of his career with Baltimore and then with the Yankees, squared up against the Angels 32 times. His 16-9 record was impressive, as was his ability to go deep into games against the Angels. However, while Mussina did often beat the Angels up in the regular season, the postseason was a different story.

Mussina made three postseason starts against the Angels. In his first, he ran into the 2002 team in Game Three of the ALDS. He allowed six runs, with the big knocks coming in a two-run double from Tim Salmon, and then an Adam Kennedy solo shot in the fourth inning, after which Mussina was pulled. He would get his revenge when the Angels hosted the Yankees again in Game One of the ALDS.

This time, Mussina went 5.2 shutout innings against the Angels, allowing five hits and no walks while absolutely dominating the Halos to start the series. However, in the decisive Game Five of the series, Mussina took the mound again. After a dominant first inning, he fell off and allowed a solo home run to Garrett Anderson, followed by a two-RBI triple later on in the inning by Kennedy. While nowadays Mussina would’ve been pulled right then, he took the mound in the third only to give up two more runs and be pulled before he could get out of the inning.

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