Game 22: From Moose to Moyer


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.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Joey says:

    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

  2. eddy b says:

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

  3. Ivan says:

    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.

  4. Ben K. says:

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

  5. Manimal says:

    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 says:

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

    • Mike A. says:

      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]

  6. Joey says:

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

  7. fay day says:

    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..

  8. E-ROC says:

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

  9. Joey says:

    So much for those gold gloves O-Cab

  10. E-ROC says:


  11. Mike A. says:

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

  12. DanElmaleh says:

    Cano Walks! Alert the media.

  13. E-ROC says:

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

  14. Manimal says:

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

  15. E-ROC says:

    Ugh, Jeter’s throw.

  16. Manimal says:

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

  17. AndrewYF says:

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

  18. Manimal says:

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

  19. Ben K. says:

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

  20. Ivan says:

    Montero threw two runners out.

  21. Chip says:

    Damn you Cano, TAKE A PITCH

  22. Chip says:

    88 mph HEAT

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

  24. GoYankees says:

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

  25. E-ROC says:

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

  26. Chip says:

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

  27. E-ROC says:

    Javy made Cano look silly on that breaking pitch.

  28. Justin says:

    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?

  29. E-ROC says:

    Griffey’s swing is priceless.

    Crede with a blast. 3-1 Yanks.

  30. Joey says:

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

  31. Pedro says:

    Home runs aplenty when Moose is pitching.

  32. GoYankees says:

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

  33. Joey says:

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

  34. Casper says:

    Boston lost.

  35. Joey says:


  36. Ivan says:

    uh oh, bats are getting hot

  37. Mike R. says:

    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.

  38. Jorge says:

    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.

  39. E-ROC says:

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

  40. Tripp says:

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

  41. Tripp says:

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

  42. E-ROC says:

    I wish Cano ran that one out.

  43. Joey says:

    are they seriously IBB Giambi?

  44. E-ROC says:

    Boooo….Latroy Hawkins. KIDDIN’!

  45. Casper says:

    Solo HR! 6-2 Yanks! FIREWORKS!

    • Chip says:

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

      • Mike R. says:

        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.

  46. Chip says:

    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?

  47. Number 27 says:

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

  48. Chip says:

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

  49. Mike R. says:

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

  50. Mike R. says:

    - 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!

    • Ben K. says:

      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.

  51. BigBlueAL says:

    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 says:


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

      These guys suck.

      Why is Ohlendorf the de-facto long man?

    • Ben K. says:

      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.

  52. BigBlueAL says:

    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.

  53. E-ROC says:

    Goodness gracious. Can’t hold leads.

  54. ansky says:

    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.

  55. Mike R. says:

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

  56. Mike R. says:

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

  57. E-ROC says:

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

  58. BigBlueAL says:

    MO is a GOD

  59. E-ROC says:

    Thank God for Rivera.

  60. Joey says:

    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!

  61. Number 27 says:

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

  62. BigBlueAL says:

    time to watch Kobe. take care everyone.

  63. matt K says:

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

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