There is perhaps no pitcher in the majors who gets as worked up over the strike zone as Mike Mussina. If he throws a pitch near a corner and it’s called a ball, he seriously turns into the Hulk. What usually follows is not pretty. Thank God we weren’t subject to that last night, what we term the Mussina Meltdown. Then again, allowing a home run to a fringe major leager is meltdown-esque.
All in all, Mussina didn’t pitch badly. Three runs over six innings is acceptable when you have a lineup like the Yankees. Really, it was the offense that didn’t deliver. Of the 21 outs recorded by Josh Fogg 13 of them were in the air. That’s usually a bad sign for someone pitching against the Yankees. However, for the most part they weren’t strong flyouts; they were shallow pop ups. And it seemed like everyone was catching the fever.