Mike Mussina has made 22 starts for the Yankees, so far, this season. The Yankees have lost 12 of those 22 games started by Moose. Here are some stats on the breakdown of these games:
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.
This season, Mike Mussina has become what Randy Johnson was to the Yankees last year: A pitcher who’s great when he’s on, but, one who is terrible when he’s off. In a word, Moose is inconsistent.
That’s O.K. – if you’re the fifth starter in the rotation. I just hope, if the Yankees make the post-season this year, that New York treats Mussina like a fifth starter and only has him pitch in a game, if it’s an absolute must – because, at this stage of his career, he can’t be trusted to come through for you.