Let’s start at the top. Mike Mussina has to show a better effort than what we saw in tonight’s game. Yes, I’ll charge his first two runs allowed to Bobby Abreu – for shying away from the wall, allowing a flyball to become an extra basehit, and, for making a piss-poor throw when he had the ball in his hand as Runs-like-a-Catcher Navarro was just hitting third (and he still could not throw him out at the plate).
But, that moon shot from Upton was all Mussina. And, the melt-down in the fifth was all Mussina. (I can’t blame Edwar Ramirez for having no control in this game. What could anyone expect – it’s been close to two weeks since Torre allowed him to pitch in a game? Of course, he’s going to be very rusty.)
Actually, the bottom of the third tonight told us everything that you need to know about the Yankees in this game – and maybe this season. Mussina throws about a million pitches in the top of the third – and he’s out there for a half-hour or something like that. In the bottom of the frame, Damon and Jeter go down on something like three pitches – and then A-Rod comes to the plate. Does he take a pitch or two to give Mussina some time to rest? No. Alex swings at the first pitch and grounds to third – inning over in something like three minutes and Mussina has to get his tired arm back up on the hill.
Great teamwork and heads-up baseball there, huh?
And, didn’t Edwin Jackson have a 1-9 record and an ERA of 7.14 coming into this game? I’m sorry, but, a winner of a team takes a guy like that and just eats him up…they don’t allow him to post a doughnut over six innings.
Also, while I want to say “Lastly, have we seen enough of Brian Bruney?” Instead, I’ll say “Lastly, here’s the ‘good’ news – Igawa and DeSalvo are pitching tomorrow!”
P.S. – Shelly Duncan = Mike Blowers.
Sorry, it’s that kind of a night in Yankeeland.