Game 22: From Moose to Moyer

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Many of us have been quick to write off Mike Mussina this year. He hasn’t been spectacular for sure, with really one solid start against the Rays, and one not-so-terrible start against the Sawks. It seems like fans will judge him on a game-to-game basis this year, so six innings and three runs or fewer is crucial if he wants to stay in good favor.

(Though I suspect Moose doesn’t care what you and me think.)

We’re facing old friend Javy Vazquez, who has had a good start to the season. He’s struck out 27 to just 5 walks in 25.1 innings, pitching to a 3.20 ERA. He had a very good year last year too, striking out 213 to just 50 walks in 216.2 innings, compiling a 3.74 ERA.

(I said it at the time of the deal, and I’ll repeat: I would have much rather kept Vazquez, not traded for Johnson, and signed Beltran. Though it’s not like Carlos is making me look good this year.)

Same lineup as last night. Let’s score as many runs!

1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Hideki Matsui, DH
5. Jorge Posada, C
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Jason Giambi, 1B
8. Morgan Ensberg, 3B
9. Melky Cabrera, CF

And on the mound, number thirty-five, Mike Mussina.

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  • Joey

    Okay, those 2 idiots on MLB.tv or Joe Morgan. Ugh, what choices. Never though I’d say this, but I’ll be listening to you Morgan. Please, please, please don’t make me regret it

  • eddy b

    let’s score as many runs… and hope it’s enough

  • Ivan

    You know whats so funny about the broadcasters on the Chisox team, they always say we like they are on the team playing for them. They be like, alright guys we need this hit, or need to get this guy out. hilarious stuff.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Oh right, Mussina. I forgot to make plans tonight that would keep me far, far away from anything to do with this game. Damn.

  • Manimal

    Big news, Becket skipped a start yesturday because of a stiff neck and Dice-K was scratched for an unknown reason AND Lester is pitching on 3 day rest.

    • Manimal

      Turns out theres a wierd flu going through the sox club house V-tek has it and now Dice-k has it.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Dice-K has the flu, supposedly its making a run thru the Sox clubhouse.

      [insert picture of Peter Gammons’ head photoshopped onto the Outbreak monkey’s body here]

  • Joey

    is this the first time this season we’ve had the same lineup 2 days straight?

  • fay day

    Agree on the javy comment. Javy was unlucky in his year with the yankees and our defense did him no justice. Beltran would have helped that defense and came cheap but ohh well..

    • steve (different one)

      well that, and giving up 33 HRs. yikes.

  • E-ROC

    Thank you, O. Cabrera. I don’t like that guy.

  • Joey

    So much for those gold gloves O-Cab

    • Joey

      and Jorge gives that out right back

  • E-ROC

    ERIN!!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    In other news, Tim Redding doubled deep off the wall to score two runs off Johan Santana.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Wil Nieves is 2 for 2 off Johan.

  • DanElmaleh

    Cano Walks! Alert the media.

  • E-ROC

    I wonder if ESPN would put everybody in a coma by pairing Steve Phillips with Joe Morgan.

    • Joey

      DON’T EVER SAY THAT! DON’T EVER, EVER SAY THAT!!! :-0

      • Joey

        no smiley face for yelling? lol

      • E-ROC

        MY APOLOGIES! :)

  • Manimal

    vazquez vs damon with bases loaded… Deja Vu all over again.

    • Joey

      “Deja Vu all over again.” Repetitive much? lol

      • Manimal

        Yogism’s never get old.

        • Joey

          true that

          • Manimal

            I have a whole book of Yogi’s sayings lol I love scanning through it for a laugh.

            • Joey

              “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”

              “He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”

              “I’m a lucky guy and I’m happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary.”

              Gotta love Yogi

  • E-ROC

    Ugh, Jeter’s throw.

  • Manimal

    Jesus why is Yes keep dieing? I dont want to switch to ESPN.

  • AndrewYF

    Mussina is helpless on 0-2 counts. That’s embarrassing.

    • Manimal

      Hes lucky that he gets some outs, absolutely no out pitches that challenge hitters.

  • Manimal

    Moose FINALLY reaches 90mph on the gun and its an inch outside for a ball. God damn it.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    I see that we’re playing one of those speedy games yet again tonight.

  • Ivan

    Montero threw two runners out.

  • Chip

    Damn you Cano, TAKE A PITCH

  • Chip

    88 mph HEAT

  • http://www.ilikemygirls.com Seven Costanza

    “scuff on top, it rises?” jesus h. montero, kay is a dumbass.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      That one goes into the comment HOF that doesn’t exist.

  • GoYankees

    Still 1 zip Yanks after 3. Can’t count ole Moose out yet!

  • E-ROC

    It’s good to see Mussina pitch inside. That’s pretty much why he has been successful tonight.

    • GoYankees

      He’s been sharp, which goes with pitching inside. Otherwise …

  • Chip

    I love all of these pitches the Yankees are seeing, we’ll be in the bullpen very soon

  • E-ROC

    Javy made Cano look silly on that breaking pitch.

  • Justin

    Maybe Moose should take the advice from Cone and others about choosing hitters to pitch around one step further. How about Moose only being allowed to pitch against certain teams?

  • E-ROC

    Griffey’s swing is priceless.

    Crede with a blast. 3-1 Yanks.

  • Joey

    surprisingly Miller and Morgan really haven’t been that bad tonight (yet). But there is still plenty game left

  • Pedro

    Home runs aplenty when Moose is pitching.

  • GoYankees

    Slooowww curve, strike three! Will Moose make it through 6?

  • Joey

    Holy shit. Giambi gots a hit (thats not a HR). Is the sky falling yet?

  • Casper

    Boston lost.

    • Joey

      God Bless America (specifically NY)

  • Joey

    Johnny!

  • Ivan

    uh oh, bats are getting hot

  • Mike R.

    Am I the only person that was expecting Moose to be a whole lot worse this season than he’s been? It seems that way sometimes.

    • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

      it is that way sometimes.

      • Mike R.

        That is an excellent answer. Very deep. :)

  • Jorge

    Listening to Michael Kay is getting almost impossible. I pretty much have to watch the game on mute. If any of you agree with me, you should read http://firemichaelkay.blogspot.com/

    He’s got a pretty amusing take on Kay’s performance tonight.

  • E-ROC

    Can Moose go 7 innings? Ah, that might be pushing it.

  • Tripp

    A 3 hitter through 7. Well I guess I’m the asshole.

  • Tripp

    I can’t believe the Angels’ bullpen didn’t roll over like the rest of the teams the Sox have played.

  • E-ROC

    I wish Cano ran that one out.

  • Joey

    are they seriously IBB Giambi?

    • E-ROC

      LOL, that was probably based reputation. But then again, Giambi does have a hit.

  • E-ROC

    Boooo….Latroy Hawkins. KIDDIN’!

  • Casper

    Solo HR! 6-2 Yanks! FIREWORKS!

    • Chip

      Isn’t that awesome? Pretty soon they’ll be shooting off fireworks if the leadoff hitter gets on to begin the inning

      • Mike R.

        I believe it is free Slurpees if the leadoff hitter gets on to start the inning. Free Big Gulps if you rob the other team of a HR.

  • Chip

    Love that move by Girardi, come out and calm him down. If he can’t get the next guy out then bring Latroy in. Why not with a big lead?

  • Number 27

    is it a full moon tonight? a hit for giambi, 7inn 2 R by Moose…. even looks like Detroit remembered how to hit…

    • Joey

      don’t know about that, but it looks someone fed Ozzie some tranquilizers

  • Chip

    What American League club does Prince Fielder play for? That was a very dumb comment

  • Mike R.

    Doesn’t Jeter know he can’t field those balls? What’s wrong with him?

  • Mike R.

    - The Yankees’ Starting Pitchers are 6th in the league in walks, having walked only 41 batters.

    Joe Morgan – Now that surprises me because I’ve seen them Tonight walk a lot of batters. They walk a lot of batters.

    Moose walked one tonight and as your friend just mentioned the yankees have walked 41 so far. Neither number being “A lot”. IDIOT!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      As Fire Joe Morgan has proven over and over again, Joe Morgan just doesn’t watch baseball. So we already know he’s lying when he says that he’s seen them walk a lot of batters. He hasn’t seen shit.

  • BigBlueAL

    as much as i want Joba to start, its really tuff with the rest of the bullpen leadin up to Mo to take Joba out of pen at least this season…….

    • Haggs

      Yes.

      Bullpen grade this series (Joba and Mo excluded): F-

      These guys suck.

      Why is Ohlendorf the de-facto long man?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      If by “the rest of the bullpen,” you mean LaTroy Hawkins, then ok. Don’t lump in the guys getting outs with LaTroy, last night notwithstanding.

  • BigBlueAL

    i said it last night and ill say it again tonight, it is AMAZING that we cant get a freakin decent lefty in the pen since Stanton last season with Yanks (2005 not indcluded) in 2002. i mean all around baseball there r scrub lefties in bullpens who at least do a decent job gettin lefties out, but we cant get any, and when we do sign “good” lefties like Hammond and Myers, they SUCK for us.

    • steve (different one)

      Hammond: 63 IP, 2.86 ERA

  • E-ROC

    Goodness gracious. Can’t hold leads.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    for the record, im against the yanks “making it interesting.” I assume thats what theyre doing in these games and that the pen isnt as bad as they seem.

    • BigBlueAL

      remember what they when u “assume” something…..

      • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

        damnit

  • Mike R.

    I fell asleep briefly and when I woke up it was 1997. What the hell is with all the Giambi walking?!?!

  • Mike R.

    Holy shit!!!!!!!! Stolen Base for Giambi!!! What is the world coming to!?!?!?

    • Joey

      He was chasing his contract, don’t worry, he won’t run for nothing

      • Mike R.

        Well I wouldn’t exactly call it “running”, but I see your point.

  • E-ROC

    Hawkins may not be a Yankee for long if he keeps this up.

    • BigBlueAL

      ditto Traber

  • BigBlueAL

    MO is a GOD

  • E-ROC

    Thank God for Rivera.

  • Joey

    Thank God for Mo

    Goodnight all, won’t be here tomorrow (going to see the enemies- Jays vs. Rays playing in Orlando) so I’ll say it now- love ya Phil, kick some ass!

  • Number 27

    wooohoooo .5 out of the wild card!!!!1111!!

  • BigBlueAL

    time to watch Kobe. take care everyone.

  • matt K

    its time to get rid of these terrible pitchers hawkins and farns. There are better guys in the minors..

    • Jorge

      I wish we could get rid of some of our fair weather whiny fans. Like you.