Game 147: A must-win for Moose

Hughes summoned back to the Bronx
Pondering Moose in between games

The Quest for Twenty continues this afternoon as Mike Mussina takes the mound in search of his 18th victory of the season. For Moose, in his career-long quest for a 20-win season, today is something of a must-win. He’s set to make three more starts this season, but to expect him to go 3-0 might be asking too much. If he wins today, his quest will be that much easier.

On the season, Mussina is 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA against the Rays. He’s allowed 17 hits and just three walks in 18.1 innings. Hopefully, his dominance against Tampa will continue. He faces James Shields who is 0-2 against the Yanks this year but with a sub-3.00 ERA.

This afternoon starts at 1:05 p.m., and it’s on YES. Mike will have the nightcap game thread later. That one’s on My9.

Damon CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Nady LF
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Molina C

Mussina P

Yankee Notes: Phil Hughes and David Robertson have rejoined the Yanks. Hughes pitched last night and is lined up to make the start on Wednesday.

Update by Mike (1:10pm): A-Rod scratched with a stiff neck. Nady’s cleaning up, Ransom’s playing third & batting 7th. Ouch for Betemit.

Hughes summoned back to the Bronx
Pondering Moose in between games
  • E-ROC

    Orestes Destrade is a cool dude. His conversation with Eric about Manny was hilarious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Owned.

  • joe

    “tampa bay k’s” kay, you are a silly bastard

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Early favorite for the dumb LoHud comment of the day:

    Mike September 13th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    If our AAA team can beat Price, I’m sure he’s not going to be as dominant as he has been talked up to be.

    This is almost as idiotic as Chris Russo downplaying Joba Chamberlain’s amateur success as a starter by saying he was beaten by Manhattan.

    • Steve H

      Does whoever made that comment realize that every great pitcher, EVER, has been beaten by a minor league team? That is definitely a top contender for dumb comment of the day/week/month!

  • joe

    Don’t rush it, its still early and we got a double header. The lohud commenters have a lot of time still

  • Tripp

    Johnny Gomes and his sweet .182 average. F-ing hate that guy.

    • Steve

      Best Offensive Tackle on the squad.

  • mustang

    “Phil Hughes and David Robertson have rejoined the Yanks. Hughes pitched last night and is lined up to make the start on Wednesday.”

    I’m very happy to see Hughes back, but damn by threads here you would think he just won his first MLB playoff game. Hopefully his success will follow him to the major’s good luck to both.

    • Steve H

      Nope, he’s already won his first MLB playoff game.

      • mustang

        Yes, he has I’m sure they will be a lot more where that came from he is a very talented young man. I just like to keep things in there proper prospective.

  • Marc

    What happened with betemit?

    • pat

      that whole “he sucks” thing got in the way

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Paul Byrd’s line against TOR: 5.0-IP, 9-H, 5-R/ER

    Fucking Cashman.

    • Steve H

      And the Jays had 2 runners thrown out at 3rd in the same inning, so it should be worse.

      • BigBlueAL

        Burnett on 3-days rest dominating thru 5 innings. I guess the Yankees arent the only team he toys with on 3 days rest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Eh, take ’em however you can get ’em, Jetes.

  • Pedro

    Another great display of offense by our beloved Yankees, I see.

  • Pedro

    I seriously can’t wait ’till Giambi is no longer around.

  • Pedro

    See what I’m saying.

  • Pedro

    Does Bobby Abreu ever get to a ball that’s not hit right at him?

  • BigBlueAL

    Im assuming Tampa brought their brooms with them today.

  • Mike Pop

    Despite what Moose has done this year i dont want him back next year

    • Steve H

      You know you can never have too much pitching. See Ponson, Sidney /Rasner, Darrell

    • Pedro

      I’d only take Moose back on a one year deal.

    • mascot

      Next year’s rotation: Wang/?/?/?/?

      Mussina has been tremendous, and whether it’s two years or year-to-year, it won’t cost anything to bring him back. You’re dumb.

  • Mickey Rivers Rules

    It would have been a nice gesture for A Hole to have played this game in hopes of helping the sputtering Yankee offense and maybe helping Mussina get a win. Take the night game off instead.

    • Pedro

      At least he took himself. Assholes like Abreu and Giambi are ‘playing’, if that’s what you call what they are doing. If you are on the field, you should be giving 100% no matter the situation. The way they are playing, we would be better off if they took the game off.

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

      Who let the LoHud commenters out?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        Heh, the more hits this blog gets, the more stupidity it will attract.

  • Smitt Dog

    A 7 pitch inning, I can’t say anything more about it. They really need to address that organizationally going forward. Seeing pitches is a tried and true method when facing starters with their good stuff.

  • Smitt Dog

    Are these the ’08 Yankees or the ’62 Mets?

  • Pedro

    Exactly why we would be better off with them taking the day off.

  • BigYank1

    Its also nice to see Cano grinding out at bats:)!

    They really are mailing it in now.

  • BigBlueAL

    Im sorry but i know these games dont matter and the season is over already, but this is still fuckin embarrassing.

    Its a shame the Stadium is going out with this pathetic group playing there. Call me whatever you want but honestly Ive never disliked a Yankees team as much as this one. Im old enough to remember those large 80’s-early 90’s teams too and probably since I was still too young to understand how bad they were I didnt hate them, but this current group makes me sick.

    There I vented, my rant is over. Time to check my fantasy football teams to make sure my lineups are set correctly for tomorrow….

    • pat

      houston/baltimore game has been postponed for a later date

      • BigBlueAL

        Yeah Ive read that. I really only have 1 team I care about since it is in a 12-team league where everybody put in 50 bucks and I dont have a Raven or Texan.

        Pretty crazy that the roof got damaged at Reliant Stadium but apparently from what Ive read Minute Maid Park is fine.

  • Pedro

    What was he thinking? Shaquille O’neal covering first?

    • BigBlueAL

      If thats not Shaquille Oneal in Left that baby is outta here….

  • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph M

    This could cost Girardi his job, if the team looks like it’s just mailing it in the sense might be that they don’t respect him. I’m starting to wonder if the Yanks might actually consider someone like Bobby Valentine for the job should he leave Japan (remember Gene was sent over to “scout” and there have been reports that Valentine is having problems with the ownership of the team he works for).

    Just a thought.

    • BigBlueAL

      It’ll be VERY interesting if Cashman doesnt stay as GM who replaces him and if it is someone from outside of the organization who knows. I could care less if he stays or is fired. My biggest complain is if Torre was still the manager and this team was doing this he would be so ripped and torn apart it wouldnt be funny. Girardi to me has gotten a major pass but time will tell I guess…

    • Pedro

      It feels like the team quit on Girardi a while ago.

  • Pedro

    6 to go!

  • BigBlueAL

    Amazing what playing defense can do for a team.

  • BigYank1

    I don’t know if I won’t Mussina back or not. Is his success this season for real or is he doing it with smoke and mirrors?

    With his fastball now at 86mph, he has to be perfect. Can he do it again, will he take a 1 year contract?

    Who would you rather have, Mussina or Burnett?

    • Steve H

      Mussina by a landslide. Moose for 1 or 2 years at 12 mil, or AJ at 5/70? No question I don’t want to be buried a long term deal to an average pitcher.

      • BigBlueAL

        Agreed. Although Id take obviously CC or Sheets instead. Interesting name who I believe is a FA is Derek Lowe. Wouldnt mind signing him if possible.

        • Steve H

          Agree, AL East and playoff experience for Lowe, the one concern for me would be his nightlife. I know it was a huge issue in Boston (see 4.47 and 5.43 era’s his last 2 years there). He may have matured, and he’ll take the ball every 5 days, so I’d definitely take him over AJ.

  • BigBlueAL

    Hey Jamal, if your still here, have you seen or will see Righteous Kill??? I know you watch alot of movies from what I can tell. Anyone else seen/will be seeing the movie????

  • BigYank1

    Toronto IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Burnett (W, 18-10) 6.0 3 1 0 3 6 0 4.19

    Here are AJ’s numbers against Boston today. He has been tough against them this year too.

    • Ivan

      If you want the yanks to watse money.

  • Pedro

    At least Jeter showed up today.

    • BigBlueAL

      When doesnt he show up.

  • BigYank1

    ‘Hey Jamal, if your still here, have you seen or will see Righteous Kill??? I know you watch alot of movies from what I can tell. Anyone else seen/will be seeing the movie????’

    I saw it last night. It was good but not great. Go see it, its entertaining enough with Pacino and DeNiro performances.

    • BigBlueAL

      Yeah I love Pacino, De Niro no slouch either. Plan on seeing it soon. Thanks.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        I was going to go see it tonight, but my friend just called me about a Grad party. I’ll probably catch it next week if I can’t see it tomorrow after I come back from the Yankee game.

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

          Where are you sitting tomorrow?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

            RF Bleachers, probably S39. You?

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

              Tier Reserve near-ish the home plate area. I’ll wave.

              • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

                Heh, that shouldn’t be to hard to spot.

                Oh, I checked out that Jazz club you posted about a couple weeks ago, Smoke. Are reservations necessary?

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

                  I’d recommend reservations. Depends what night/who’s playing really.

  • Pedro

    Why not shut Matsui down. Let him have his surgery. He’s been awful since returning to play.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    I have a question for the people who are proclaiming that the Yankees have given up and don’t care: How do you explain today’s game at Fenway Park? The Red Sox have everything to play for and they got their ass handed to them. The Yankees don’t have much to play for and got their ass handed to them. Why can’t the Yankees just lose a game? Why does it have to be that they lost respect for Joe Girardi or some underlying reason?

    Reading too much into things is just as bad as believing everything you see or hear when taken to an extreme level, such as this.

    • Steve H

      They must have quit on Francona.

      • Steve

        I overheard Josh Beckett say before the game “I wish I could quit you, Terry!”

        Never would have guessed he was a fan of “Brokeback Mountain”.

    • Ivan

      Never overreact to things,especially things that look worse than it really does.

      • Steve

        WHY THAT’S THE MOST RIDICULOUS FUCKING BULLSHIT I’VE EVER READ ON THIS WEBSITE!!!! WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU TO TELL ME HOW TO REACT!!! THIS STUPID TEAM QUIT A MONTH AGO AND YOU KNOW YOU LYING SACK!!!!

        (Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Too easy)

        • Ivan

          nice audition from lohud.

          • Ivan

            for lohud.

            • Steve

              Not only did you not get it, but you blew the response.

              • Ivan

                I get it steve, I said that comment as a joke too.

    • BigBlueAL

      I would agree with you except for the fact Boston could say that for today’s game cause you know they are in the playoffs. They have won more than enough games where losing the 1st game of a DH is acceptable. This is hardly the first time the Yankees have had a game like this this season.

      Plus as you know I love Torre so any chance to take a shot at Girardi for managing a 4th place team hey why not. Imagine if Torre was still managing the Yankees and the Yankees were in 4th place……

      • Ivan

        So other words ya being bias to Girardi.

        • BigBlueAL

          Yup. Again my biggest problem is the fact that its OK for Girardi cause of all the excuses and give him another year blah blah blah. But again if Torre was the manager My God I cant imagine the backlash/criticism he would be getting for managing a 4th place team who has absolutely collapsed in the 2nd half. Hell he got ripped the past few years and they at least made the damn playoffs and he had won 4 championships with the Yankees. Girardi has none of that but its OK give him time. Bullshit.

  • patrick

    what are the chances tampa doesn’t pick up crawford’s option?

    • Steve

      The same as my chances to nail Cindy Crawford.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    I guess they haven’t quit.

    • Steve

      One final tease. Like that girl who will never let you in her pants gives you that one last time before you dump her.

  • Fabio

    It looks like the Yankees are going to have a lot of picks in the next draft. Abreu, Mussina, Pettitte, Marte are type A, Giambi is a type B and Pudge is currently a type B, but he is next in line to become a type A. Does anyone know if we can lose compensation picks with free agent signings or only our own picks? With the Cole pick, we should have close to 4 first round choices.

    I hope next year draft class is good, but I have no idea, can anyone tell me?

    • Steve

      Agree on Abreu, Moose, Pudge and Giambi. They’re all gone. Abreu is already saying he wants 3 years, Moose will likely get 3 years on the open market and the other two are way past their prime.

      I don’t think Pettitte will pitch elsewhere. Its pretty much Yanks or retirement according to him. So if he doesn’t sign elsewhere, you won’t get any picks from another team. I also believe the Yanks want him back, but at a reduced rate. I think Andy will agree and be our 4th starter next year.

      Despite his struggles here, I think the Yanks will bring Marte back. They’ve been after him for years and they won’t let 14 IP as a Yank determine his fate. I could see either picking up the option or even extending him 2/9 or 3/12. They’ve also had all sorts of trouble finding lefties for the bullpen in recent years, they’d be foolish to let a top lefty like him get away. His role would be more specialized next year, and he’s been great in his career against lefties.

      • Fabio

        I didn’t mean to imply all of them would leave. And I would like to have Moose back in a 1 or 2 year deal. I also wouldn’t decline Marte’s option, but I hope they don’t use him as a Loogy, he can get righties out and shouldn’t be usde so sparsely.

    • cult of basebaal

      compensation picks are protocted.

      • cult of basebaal

        err, protEcted.

        • Steve

          I liked ‘protocted’ better. That really should be a word.

  • Bonos

    The draft is supposed to be pretty weak, but is that the first 10 or overall hard to say at this time.

    • Steve

      They say that almost every year. The MLB draft isn’t as simple as other sports, teams will take players they think will become big time players down the road, so they’re always borrowing from the future every year.

      Many top players get drafted multiple times before actually signing with a team. Scott Bittle was drafted in the 46th round in 2007, and then in the 2nd round this year. Yanks did it this year with Lassiter, if he played college ball next year he could have very well been a top 100 draft pick, maybe even a first rounder. But they offered him some cash to go early, and he accepted.