• April 2nd vs. The Blue Jays

    Posted by on April 3rd, 2008 · Comments (9)

    Mike Mussina started this game for the Yankees and was dealing 86 MPH fastballs out of the chute. He was pretty much around 86 MPH most of the night – although he did touch 89 MPH a few times. And, in his last frame of work, he was down to 84 MPH. And, the Blue Jays batters handled Moose, accordingly.

    A.J. Burnett started this game for the Blue Jays and he was pumping gas. And, he handled the Yankees batters, accordingly.

    That was pretty much the story for this game.

    Oh, and, it was cold at the Stadium. I lost the feeling in my toes around the 8th inning.

    By the way, where were all the Yankees fans for this one? There were probably only about 40,000 there, in person, for this game. And, by the end of the 7th inning, there was probably only about 20,000 fans left. In the 9th inning, there was probably only about 10,000 people in the stands.

    Sure, it was cold. And, sure, Mussina was not great and the Yankees bats, outside of an A-bomb from A-Rod, were so-so. But, the Yanks had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the 9th with less than 2 outs. It was not a blow-out. Where did everyone go?

    The Yankees can talk about drawing 4 million and selling out every game, but, when you see how the fans came out for this one, and how they left early, well, you have to wonder about who’s buying the tickets for these games…the diehards or somebody else.

    Comments on April 2nd vs. The Blue Jays

    1. brockdc
      April 3rd, 2008 | 1:17 am

      Just sounds like a miserable night for baseball, in addition to the fact that it’s a weeknight. Hate to sound like a pantywaist on this one, but I probably wouldn’t have stuck it out either.

      Then again, I live in L.A. now, where the average stay for a typical fan at a Dodgers game is somewhere around four innings – and even less if the conditions fall below a tundra-like 60 degrees.

    2. baileywalk
      April 3rd, 2008 | 2:05 am

      I didn’t think Mussina was horrible. Gave up a homer to Wells on something over the middle of the plate. For some odd reason he threw a hittable fastball 0-2 to Hill, which kind of ruined his night. Had he simply gotten that out, and gone 6 IP/3 ER (rather than 5.2/4) everything would seem very different.

      He’ll have nights where he has a great curveball and strike out seven in seven innings, but for the most part that’s the “good” Moose in 2008: six innings, three ER.

    3. Straylightrise
      April 3rd, 2008 | 9:06 am

      Um…i know this won’t happen but for the sake of our BP i would love to have some pitchers please get to 7.0 IP. Mussina really needs to be held more accountable, we picked up his option (idk y) and we are going to barely get replacement level value from him. He never puts us in a situation to win and I doubt he ever will.

    4. Corey
      April 3rd, 2008 | 9:12 am

      we picked up his option (idk y)

      im pretty sure it wasnt an option its a guarenteed year..

    5. MJ
      April 3rd, 2008 | 9:30 am

      im pretty sure it wasnt an option its a guarenteed year..
      This is the second (and final) year of a two-year contract signed in the offseason before the 2007 season. No options. You really think the Yanks would pick up his option after last year’s stinker?

    6. bfriley76
      April 3rd, 2008 | 9:40 am

      Um…i know this won’t happen but for the sake of our BP i would love to have some pitchers please get to 7.0 IP.
      Not to be nit-picky, but didn’t Wang go 7 the night before? Yes…it would be great to have every starter go 7 every game, but we’re only two games into the season. Lets see how things play out.

      Re: Moose…he wasn’t horrible last night, wasn’t great either, but he wasn’t horrible. A couple of “bounces” the other way and it might have been a completely different game. Yes…it didn’t quite happen that way, and lately (the past season), things rarely bounce Moose’s way, but last night’s start didn’t spoil my hopes of Mussina being a positive member of the rotation this season.

    7. j
      April 3rd, 2008 | 9:48 am

      Don’t forget, Moose basically gave up a homerun to Rios as well (that Damon pulled back.) Another 6-12 inches and that’s another run.

    8. snowball003
      April 3rd, 2008 | 10:37 am

      I don’t know what it was like in your cushy little loge level, but it was FREEZING up in row V of the tier reserve level. Last minute tickets get you to the tundra, I guess.

      And of COURSE I was on my way to the bathroom for A-Rod’s home run. I came back out in time to see him rounding the bases.

    9. antone
      April 3rd, 2008 | 10:59 am

      Mussina didn’t get hit that hard last night but he really should have. He left alot of hittable pitches out over the plate but Toronto didn’t seem to make him pay for it too often.

      I think against a better lineup, he would have gotten pounded last night but that’s pretty much what I expect out of him this season. If he can pitch decent against the weaker lineups then he should be alright.

      Giambi at first is already a problem. He probably cost them 2 runs last night.

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