Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mussina + Gagne = 2 Games Back

Mike Mussina
should always pitch on extra rest.

The Moose made his second straight strong start, this time with a healthy dose of whiffs. Over 7 shutout innings, Mussina gave up only 3 hits while striking out six, walking only one, and throwing 98 pitches. If Mussina is going to battle his way into the potential postseason rotation, he's going to have to be counted on for more than just 80-pitch outings. Tonight offered Moose's first step in that direction.

Oh yeah, the offense also put up 12 runs with Doug Mientkiewicz, Hideki Matsui and Melky Cabrera doing the heavy lifting - (each of them had three or more RBI). The Mink man continues to impress not only in the field but at the plate, collecting two more hits, one of which was a three-run homer to right. Godzilla looks like he's finally coming out of his slump, and Melky may be following suit after a sac-fly and two-run single.


  • Jose Veras looks like a totally different pitcher than the guy we all saw before having bone chips removed from his elbow. Although it wasn't as reconstructive as Tommy John surgery, Veras now flashes a fastball that hovers between 93-96mph and a tight power-curveball around 80mph. His command has been solid since joining the Yankees' expanded roster

  • Eric Gagne continues to have Yankee fans cheering his name. In what's become the Yankees non-signing of the season, Gagne gagged again, blowing yet another save and allowing three runs to score in the bottom of the eighth. One of those runs was walked in, but brilliant strategist he is, Terry Francona decided to leave the troubled reliever in the ballgame.

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