This, is why, you should never bet on baseball. (Well, this, and, the fact that it could screw you out of getting into Cooperstown, even if you have 4,256 career big league hits.)
Coming into this game, who would have thought that the Yankees would have 15 runners reach base against “King” Felix Hernandez in less than six innings? Granted, it was mostly the guys who have been doing it all season long so far for New York – Damon, Melky, and Matsui – yet, still, that’s not something that you would normally predict to happen in a match-up like this one.
And, how about Mike Mussina? To be honest, Moose has made seven starts now this season and the only ones that were “bad” were the two against the Red Sox. Outside of those two Boston games, he’s been quite good.
Could this be shades of 2006 – the last time Mussina was very good (and also in the walk-year of his contract)? Hey, if it takes a carrot on a stick to make it happen, given the state of Yankees starting pitching this season, who cares what the root cause is…as long as Mussina keeps stringing together starts like this one today?
Lastly, another bad day at the plate for both Giambi and Cano. I have to wonder: Has there ever been a baseball team, all-time, who has had the entire right-side of their infield batting less than .160 – thirty-two games into the season (where both guys were full-time players)? I have no idea on the answer to that one. But, if it’s not the first time, I can’t imagine it’s happened too many other times.