Jul
21

Mike Mussina comes through in the clutch

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Oh, wait. Nevermind.

Say what you will about Edwar Ramirez‘s pitching (or his subsequent teared-eyed performance in the clubhouse), tonight’s goat is Mike Mussina. Facing the Devil Rays, Mussina made it all the way through 4.2 innings of work. He gave up 7 hits and 6 runs as the Yanks fell to the Devil Rays 14-4.

For Moose, this sets him up at 4-7 with an ERA a shade under 5.00. And, ladies and gentleman, this is just year one of this two-year contract. Ugh. I have nothing else left to say about this game.

Meanwhile, down on the farm, Joba Chamberlain, the RAB poster boy, had a bad start. He was tagged for 9 hits and 7 earned runs in 4.2 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 7 while giving up 3 home runs. While Mussina’s bad start is just another in a trend of crappy outings, Chamberlain’s is his first. He had a longer-than-usual layoff due to some rehab starts and the weather, and bad starts happen. He still managed to K 7 in fewer than five innings. We’ll just have to see how he bounces back.

My money’s on Chamberlain having a better start next week than Mike Mussina does. Anyway, Saturday is a long day of baseball. Here’s to hoping disaster does not strike.

Categories : Game Stories

7 Comments»

  1. Dan says:

    Hey, I just wanted to say that I enjoy your blog, and keep up the good work.

    Dan

  2. Andrew says:

    “He had a longer-than-usual layoff due to some rehab starts and the weather, and bad starts happen.”

    Interesting to find this in a Mike Mussina-related post. ;)

  3. Joseph P. says:

    Thanks, Dan.

    Andrew. No Scott Proctor last night. Thoughts?

  4. Stuart says:

    Proctor gave up a bomb in the 9th I think…

  5. Andrew says:

    Yeah, he pitched another meaningless inning last night.

    Torre was so stupid last night, using four relievers when the score was already 9-0 with the dynamic duo of Matt DeSalvo and Kei Igawa going today.

  6. Joseph M says:

    Brian Cashman has to take the blame for this mess. Mike was a back end of the rotation guy and they go sign him for two more years! Why was Cashman so clueless about that? He should have offered one year at 10 million, if he walked he walked.
    Instead he compounds the Mussina blunder by signing Igawa a player with an alarming number of of poor scouting reports. This was not insider information, hell, the reports were all over the internet.

    At this stage the Yanks will have to play out the string with the talent on hand up here and in the minors and see what happens. I don’t want Brian making any major player moves, I don’t have enough confidence in him.

    If this turns out the way I think it will, Cashman and Torre will be bounced and that may be the best we can hope for at this point.

  7. Relaunch says:

    It was the usual Mussina meltdown. Jeter doesn’t make the play starting the inning, Mussina proceeds to give up 4 runs. I’m tired of his meltdowns.
    Also, what the hell was Torre thinking brining in Proctor and Bruney in the game yesterday? It should have been Myers and Villone for the entire game after Ramirez

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