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I solemnly swear to utter only good words about Mike Mussina in this post.

After 24 hours of bashing the man, I need to make it up to him. For all the grief I’ve given Mussina today here and here, Mussina deserves recognition and praise for the 209 starts he’s made for the Yankees. In that process, he’s won 100 regular season games and has lost just 62. He’s also thrown some very memorable playoff games as well.

So in recognition of a pitcher who’s been a steady presence on the Yankees since 2001, let’s look at Mike Mussina’s five best games in pinstripes.

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Categories : Days of Yore
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From Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus (subscription required):

The fact that he recently had surgery on his hamate bone is a mitigating factor, as that’s exactly the kind of injury that can sap a player of his power…Nonetheless, on a pure hitting level, Tabata is pretty special and should be a consistent contender for batting titles when he reaches the big leagues.

It’s a little reassuring, and should at least silence the Tabata cynics for another six months or so. Hard to knock a guy’s power when he’s on the DL with an injury that was directly related to it.

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Aug
22

Britton-gate

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Chris Britton in 2007:

7.38 Hper9, 0.44 HRper9, 8.56 Kper9, 2.21 BBper9, 3.93 K/BB, 1.07 WHIP

Yankee relievers not named Mariano or Joba in 2007:

8.35 Hper9, 0.87 HRper9, 6.37 Kper9, 4.92 BBper9, 1.30 K/BB, 1.47 WHIP

So why is this guy still in Triple-A? Oh that’s right, he’s sleeping with Mrs. Cashman.

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Over at WasWatching, Steve took care of some research I was about to conduct on Mike Mussina. Here’s what he (and I) have found:

In the 12 games started by Mussina where the Yankees lost: Mussina averages 4.8 IP per start and has an ERA of 8.16.

In the 10 games started by Mussina where the Yankees won: Mussina averages 6.3 IP per start and has an ERA of 2.57.

While Steve’s conclusion is that Mussina is good while on and terrible while off a la Randy Johnson 2006, I have a different conclusion: Mike Mussina simply cannot pitch against good teams and expect to win.

The ten games in which Mussina has pitched and the Yanks have won came against some pretty woeful teams going through bad stretches. He beat Texas in back-to-back starts in May; he has pitched well in wins against the White Sox twice; he beat the Royals twice; he stifled a pathetic Oakland offense and downed the Devil Rays.

On the flip side, Mussina has gotten shelled by the Red Sox (twice), Angels, Tigers, and, um, the Devil Rays and Orioles. He can’t beat playoff contenders and seems to have problems with teams that have a few good hitters.

And, hey, we’ve got him for another season too. That two-year extension just looks better and better with every passing minute. Ted Lilly and his 3.88 ERA would have come to New York for a lesser per-year deal that Mussina received.

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Ben Kozlowski didn’t pitch in either game of Scranton’s doubleheader. Nor did Bruney. Could we see one of them recalled today?

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 loss to Rochester in Game 1)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 3, 1 HR, 2 K — the powah!
Eric Duncan: 0 for 3, 1 K
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 3
Jose Cruz: 1 for 3
Angel Chavez: 0 for 1, 2 BB
Mighty Matt: 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
Chris Britton: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — Ron Villone, Sean Henn…why?!?
Jose Veras: 1 IP, 1 H, zeroes — is also making a case

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Categories : Down on the Farm
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Quick like a ninja:

  • Mike Mussina was so-so. Okay fine, he was terrible. Abysmal. God awful. All of these words too. Four doubles in 1 inning? Are you kidding me??? Even the outs he recorded were hit hard.
  • I didn’t stay the whole game, I took off after I saw Sean Henn trot out of the bullpen to relieve Edwar. I’m sure the Edwar we witnessed last night was the Edwar the Angels released. Twice.
  • Games like this happen to every team, there’s nothing you can do about it. The part that frustrates me more than anything is that the Yanks lost a game in which they scored 5 runs off Kelvim Escobar.
  • For cryin’ out loud, did Torre have to use Vizcaino? Here’s how I imagine the dialogue when Vizcaino broke the news to Torre that his arm wasn’t right:

    Viz: Joe, my arm’s sore, I could really use a break. I feel terrible for not being able to help my team right now, but I realize it’s better for our playoff push if I get a little rest and finish up strong.

    Joe: Okay Scotty, if you need a day you get a day. Thanks for being honest.

    Viz: I’m Luis, Scott was traded a month ago.

    Joe: Sorry Tanyon. We’ve got a big series coming up against the California Angels, so get yourself ready.

    Viz: …?

    The score was what, 18-8? Throw a damn position player in there for a friggin’ inning. Andy Phillips pitched a little in college, why not let him give it shot? You know Shelley would be down, what about him? Ridiculous.

  • Forget calling up IPK, it’s not gonna happen. He’s thrown 140.2 innings this year after throwing about 135 last year betweem USC, SI & Hawaii. He’s certainly deserving of a shot, but they won’t let his inning total go up much more, especially in a pennant race. That’s not how they roll.
  • Ugly night all around, hopefully all of you on the Right Coast got some sleep. Should have a decent shot at a win tonight, with Andy going and Joba available for 2.

FYI, some dude in the minors struck out 11 straight batters last night. He had 64 K in 109.1 IP in college this season.

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