• Do The Red Sox Have Moose’s Number?

    Posted by on May 22nd, 2007 · Comments (12)

    I was just looking at Mike Mussina’s stats against Boston, over the last five years. Here are his ERA and Batting Average Allowed (BAA) against the Sox each season:

    Year – ERA – BAA

    2002 – 3.12 – .215
    2003 – 3.04 – .163
    2004 – 3.50 – .268

    2005 – 7.20 – .369
    2006 – 4.77 – .305

    Clearly, Mussina owned the Sox from 2002-2004. But, since 2005, Boston has beat up on Moose.

    Further, from 2005-2006, the Red Sox have an OPS of .923 against Mussina at Yankee Stadium.

    You may be seeing Matt DeSalvo in the game tonight pretty early…if this trend keeps up for Mussina.

    Comments on Do The Red Sox Have Moose’s Number?

    1. May 22nd, 2007 | 1:49 pm

      FWIW, the Sox OPS vs. Mussina at the Stadium, from 2002-2004 was .520. That’s really low. Somewhere around 2005, they figured him out – but good.

    2. Garcia
      May 22nd, 2007 | 2:00 pm

      I remember all the stats on how Moose owned the Sawx, etc, etc. Lately it sure hasn’t felt that way.

      I guess the only positive from Moose starting is that Julian Tavarez is starting for the Sawx. But he did end up shutting down the Yanks the last time he pitched a few weeks back.

      I’d hate to lose this feeling right now. It doesn’t matter if the Yanks are playing the Sawx, Devil Rays, or the Mudhens. They Yanks need a sweep, they need to win today and tomorrow. They need a 7 game win streak in the worse way.

    3. May 22nd, 2007 | 2:35 pm

      1. Moose’s 2005 numbers against the Red Sox came in a whopping 20 IP. Small sample size.

      2. The Red Sox lineup, as like other teams, varies greatly for year-to-year. To say that this current lineup “owns” Mussina because the 2005-2006 team did ignores the fact that this lineup does not resemble the 2005 lineup.

    4. May 22nd, 2007 | 3:05 pm

      Yeah, this year’s line-up is probably better than 2005.

    5. May 22nd, 2007 | 3:18 pm

      ~~~Yeah, this year’s line-up is probably better than 2005.~~~

      Probably is. That has no bearing on what sort of success they will or will not have against Mussina tonight though.

    6. JJay
      May 22nd, 2007 | 3:20 pm

      Besides Lowell and…. Doug Mirabelli… no one has GREAT numbers against him:

      http://forums.nyyfans.com/showpost.php?p=4147314&postcount=1

      *Hope linking to that site doesn’t break any rules or anything*

    7. rmd0311
      May 22nd, 2007 | 3:27 pm

      I hope the 2005-2006 trend does not continue as I will be at the game tonight. Hoping for a win.

    8. Jason O.
      May 22nd, 2007 | 3:33 pm

      Fine, but this is not Mussina against a replacement level pitcher. It’s Mussina against Tavarez. Who, BTW, happens to be facing the 2007 Yankees lineup

      All other things being equal the Yankees are the clear favorites in this game.

      That’s called “getting that swagger back.”

    9. May 22nd, 2007 | 3:56 pm

      ~~~That has no bearing on what sort of success they will or will not have against Mussina tonight though.~~~

      Would you rather we went with Moose’s 2007, to date, ERA/BAA: 5.64/.299 ?

      Either way, the numbers do not favor Mussina in this game.

    10. JJay
      May 22nd, 2007 | 4:47 pm

      So would you rather have Julian Tavarez starting for us and Moose on the Sox?

    11. May 22nd, 2007 | 11:24 pm

      Can I answer in hindsight?

    12. snowball003
      May 22nd, 2007 | 11:32 pm

      Can I answer in hindsight?
      ———
      You may, but keep in mind how much affection Manny seems to have for Tavarez. You’d have him running to the Yankee dugout between innings to cuddle.

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