Showing posts with label Mike Mussina. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mike Mussina. Show all posts

Friday, July 17, 2009

Moose is an Offical Old Timer

Mike Mussina confirmed that he will appear at old timer's day today. Moose described his retirement perfectly in this quote "I'm doing nothing". Since the old guy seemed to run out of crosswords and candy he has decided to grace the stadium on sunday with his presence.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Yankees Offer Arbitration to Nobody

That's right, nobody. Pettitte, Abreu, Mussina, and Pudge all could have been offered arb, but the Yanks chose no to, citing economic reasons. They did not want to risk signing these guys to big contracts. I do not understand this. I think Abreu was unlikely to accept, as he wants a three year deal, and even if he did accept, Bobby Abreu on a one year deal isn't the worst thing in the world. I can understand not offering arbitration to Pudge, because he may have accepted, and Moose is retired, and I still think Pettitte is likely to re-sign with the Yanks. However, I do not understand why Bobby Abreu wasn't offered arbitration. Two draft picks is well worth the risk, especially considering the Yankees will likely give up a lot of draft picks since they would like to make a splash in the free agent market this year.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Moose Not Done Yet

Here is an email from Moose's agent 
Mike will be making a decision on his intentions shortly. Given the significance of this to Mike, I would hope you can respect his desire to be the author of any such announcement consistent with his own time table. A decision of this magnitude should not be the subject of unconfirmed rumors and speculation. Accordingly, I am not going to make any further comment until Mike has made his final decision.

So is he retired or not?

Mussina To Retire

So says Ken Davidoff.....

Mussina in my opinion is a clear hall of famer, especially after the great year he had last year. Although not the answer to Pedro Martinez some fans hoped he would be, he was a great pitcher for the Yankees. He was also earned the only big contract for a pitcher that has worked out reasonably well that I can remember. Good luck to him and his family.

He will be sorely missed on the 2009 team but his decision can hardly be a surprise. You can expect to see an Andy Pettitte deal wrapped up soon.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Moose to Retire?

According to Pete Abraham, Joe Girardi says Mike Mussina told him he wanted to retire after the season ended. However, Moose hasn't said anything since, which makes me think he is contemplating a comeback and may have changed his mind. We won't know until Moose tells us himself, so until then we'll just have to wait.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mike Mussina

The Yankees have a ton of question marks for the coming offseason. However, the biggest one could be about Mike Mussina. If you had asked me a week ago then I would have said he would be back but right now it seems he will leave.

At age 39 he managed to win 20 games and was the Yankees ace and MVP. If he comes back it will go a long way towards solidifying the rotation. However, if he leaves it mean the Yankees will have to fill two rotation spots. I`m not expecting him to pitch like he did this past year if he comes back. However, its not inconceivable that he could be a solid, steady, Jamie Moyer like guy. Today, guys like that have a ton of value.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Right now the Yankees only two solid starters are clearly Mussina and Pettitte. However, both have contracts up after the year and are getting to that age where you never know when they`ll hit a wall. Despite this, I believe the Yankees need both of them back. Here`s a look at the two of them:

Pettitte`s ERA has taken a jump this year and lately he has struggled greatly. However, his periphereals are still very good. His GB% and his K/BB are both solid. The real problem for Pettitte has been a high BABIP. His FIP is very good at 3.66 as well. For a one year deal I would love to have Pettitte back. The biggest concern with him is retirement.

Mussina has been incredible all year. He`s always been a control pitcher but he`s had the lowest BB/9 of his career this year. That`s been the biggest difference for him. However, his K/9 and GB% both rose as well. He`s managed to overcome a .322 BABIP and a FB which continues to get slower. Looking back at his 2007 nmbers he seemed to have been getting more than a little unlucky as well. His BABIP was an incredibly high .340. The question with him is whether or not he`ll come back on a one year deal. I may actually be willing to go for two years on him.

Lets assume they sign a big free agent starter and bring back one of these guys. Look at this rotation:

1) Wang
2) FA starter
3) Joba
4) Mussina/Pettitte
5) Hughes (?)

This isn't bad but Joba will be starting 2009 in the bullpen. Who is the 5th starter then for the first few months? Aceves? Kennedy? Igawa? Not to mention we don't have much depth in the scenario. I just don't feel comfortable at all in this scenario. If they can sign two top FA starters then I`m fine with it but what are the chances of that happening?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


We all know the season's just about over but their's still a few reasons to watch the games. One is to see if Mike Mussina will get to 20 wins. Although its a next to meaningless stat, the writers who vote for the Hall of Fame value it highly. Having his first 20 win season at Mussina's age would go a long way for his chances.

A-Rod and Nady both hit HR's. Nady's seemed like it hit the ceiling of Tropicana Field and A-Rod's tied Mike Schmidt. Is A-Rod the best player to ever play third base? His next HR will give him the most by anyone who has spent significant time at the position.

Joba looked good in his inning and a third as well.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


12 wins
3.49 ERA
15.2 VORP 

Who says he is washed up?

Monday, June 30, 2008

Yanks Fall to Rangers, But Pitch Well

Sorry I couldn't post the lineups today, I was out, and I didn't get to see any of the game either. I'm going to the game tomorrow night, and I'm hoping Brett Gardner gets another start. Back to tonight: While I didn't see it, I was still frustrated. They wasted a good start by Mussina, and couldn't score more than one run off of the Rangers' AAA pitching. It was good that Moose and the bullpen were able to shut down Texas' good offense, but A-Rod can't be our only offense.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Game 74: Reds at Yankees

YANKEES (40-33)
Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C

Volquez vs Mussina 

TV: My9

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Return of the Ice Cream

Mike Mussina made a deal with Joe Girardi that if he got 10 wins the ice cream could return to the clubhouse. Moose won that 10th game when he was on the road and now that the Yankees are back home he can enjoy. Once he reaches 12 wins the doughnuts return and at 15 the candy comes back.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Should The Yankees Trade Moose?

Paul Sullivan, a comedian and a Red Sox fan who has made appearances on Cold Pizza (I know, those are some pretty amazing credentials) posed this question on his blog today. Sully thinks the Yankees should trade Moose now, while his value is high, because the Yankees are in a rebuilding year and could get an "impact" player for the future. For one, I'm not ready to give up on this season just yet. The Yankees are currently 3.5 games behind the Rays for the Wild Card spot, and as of today, have a positive run differential. They have won 17 of their last 26, and according to Replacement Level, have outscored opponents by 1.2 runs/game over that span, good for a 98-64 record when projected over the whole season. So the first part of Sully's argument is not really true. But say the Yankees decide they don't have a good chance this year, and officially deem it a rebuilding year, maybe through some declaration from Hank the Tank. What would Mike Mussina net in a trade? Probably not the "impact" prospect Sully believes he would. Which teams would be interested in his services? Let's look at some pitching-starved NL teams, the most realistic trade partners. The Braves, Phillies, Cardinals and Brewers seem like the best candidates. Would the Braves be willing to give up Jordan Schafer, Brandon Jones or Gorkys Hernandez? Would the Phillies give up Carlos Carrasco, Adrian Cardenas or Joe Savery? Would the Cardinals give up Colby Rasmus? Or the Brewers Matt LaPorta? I can almost guarantee the answer to all those questions is no. For one, Moose has been better than expected thus far, but is really just a hair above average, with a 106 ERA+. Also, he is a 38 year-old reliever with diminished stuff who seems destined for a collapse (I hope that doesn't happen, but its just a feeling I have). Maybe most importantly, he is owed $13 million this year. Given that combination, you're simply not going to get an A level prospect for a half-year rental. Now let's look at the upside of keeping him. If Moose continues to pitch this way, he will gain Type A free agent status. That means that the Yankees will get the first round pick of the team who signs him, plus a supplemental round pick. With those two draft picks, the Yankees will likely get better players than they would acquire through a trade.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Should We Be Worried?

No. No we should not. The Yankees are currently 10-10, fourth place in the AL East. They have scored 84 runs and allowed 93. Their team line in Avg/OBP/SLG is .265/.334/.425. All of those things are very bad. Fun Fact: It's April 21st. None of those things really matter right now. Sure, it's frustrating, but the Yankees won't finish with the 81-81 record they are on pace for. The Yankees have a lot of guys underachieving right now, who are bound to pick up. Robinson Cano is currently playing below replacement level. Robbie has a career .307/.340/.478 line and is currently 25 years old. He'll pick up. Jorge Posada will be back soon. Basically, there is no way this lineup will continue to hit at a pace of 4.2 runs/game. Pitching will most likely be the Yankees weak point all year, but there's no way it will be this bad. The Yanks currently have three pitchers below replacement level (Moose, Hughes and IPK). Not that any of those guys are guaranteed to be great (though we hope so for Hughes and Kennedy), but there's no way they will be this bad all year (even Moose). There's no way of putting it nicely, all three of those guys have been awful this year, but Hughes and Kennedy have FIPs (fielding independent pitching) below their ERA's, suggesting that they are also having some bad luck. Hughe's FIP is almost five points below his ERA, Kennedy's is 4.68 points below. Those two guys should pick up and be average to good pitchers. Mussina may very well be done, but if he can be league average until Joba is ready to replace him, the Yankees should be in good shape.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Yanks Split With Rays

The Yankees won their second game in a row today, splitting the four game series with the Rays, in a game in which Mike Mussina, Brian Bruney, Kyle Farnsworth and LaTroy Hawkins pitched (I know, right?). Anyway, Moose pitched very well, going six and allowing one earned on a Jonny Gomes homer. He was economical too, and probably could have gone seven. Brian Bruney entered in the seventh, and pitched very well. He seems to be much improved from last year, maybe due to his being less fat. If Girardi doesn't burn him out like Torre did he could be a useful part this year. The Farns pitched the eighth, and didn't suck, which is always good. LaTroy pitched the ninth, and was greeted with chants of "Paul O'neill!" He got in some trouble, but pitched his way out of it and didn't allow any runs. The only negative of this game was that Derek Jeter left with a strained left quad. Hopefully he won't be sidelined too long. Tomorrow the Yankees play in KC, as Phil Hughes goes against Brian Bannister, which is a very interesting matchup.

Live Blog: Yankees vs. Rays 4/7

Tonight I am going to take a crack at live blogging the game. The Yanks are trying take two of four from the Rays and in the process win their second straight. On the mound for the Yankees is Mike Mussina, coming off his first shaky start. Whether we like it or not Moose is an important key to the Yankees success this season. It is strange that both games that the Moose is starting Molina is catching. The game will be shown on ESPN 2 and YES. Here are the lineups from Pete Abe.

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Betemit 1B
Cabrera CF
Molina C
Mussina RHP

Iwamura 2B
Crawford LF
Pena 1B
Upton CF
Floyd DH
Hinske RF
Aybar 3B
DiFelice C
Bartlett SS

First Inning: After a dominant first inning setting the Rays down one-two three in a impressive first inning Moose only hurled 8 pitches. WE: 59.1%

The second half of the first inning starts off with a Damon single. Then Jeter grounds into a would be double play but beats it out. "EL COMEDULCE" hits a 2 run shot. A-Rod and Godzilla both ground out to end the inning. Yankees 2. Rays 0. WE: 73.1%

Second Inning: Again the Moose sets em down one two three again throwing only 19 pitches total in the game. Not much else to say. WE: 77.1%

Cano grounded out, Betemit struck out and Melky flied out to make it a 1-2-3 inning for the Rays WE: 73.1%


Third Inning: The inning starts off with Jonny Gomes hitting a solo home run to make the game 2-1 Yankees. Mussina left the pitch up over the plate and the ruffian crushed it. Next there was a ground out and then a walk. Finally Iwamura and Crawford ground out to end the inning leaving a runner stranded at third. WE: 70.2%

This half inning begins with a double by the sneaky Jose Molina. Damon grounds out. EL COMEDULCE hits a ball "lined like a bullet" into center moving the slugglish Molina over to third bringing A-Rod up with two outs. He grounds out to third ending the inning with two runners stranded. The Yankees are looking pretty good right now and as long Moose can hold up the bombers will be fine. WE: 65.4%

Fourth Inning: Moose gets three quick ground outs only throwing six pitches to end the inning and bring the Bombers up to the plates. WE: 72.5%

Starting the inning Matsui grounds out. Then Cano gets "robbed" by the majestic fairy in right Eric Hinske. Finally Betemit grounds out to end the inning. Yankees 2 Rays 1 WE: 67.6%

Fifth Inning: Moose Ks Aybar to start the 5th giving him an impressive total of 2 strike outs. Next batter Moose Ks the Ruffian Jonny Gomes to tie David Cone on the all time strikeout list and giving him his third strikeout of the game. DiFelice hits a two out double to keep the inning alive getting his first career hit off of Mussina. Bartlett flies out to end the inning. Moose has a total of 64 pitches and unlike the last game he is not locating his fastball well. WE: 74.4%

The Melk Man grounds out to short to start the bottom of the fifth. The Yankees should be hitting Hammel harder and it seems their bats are still alseep as they have been all season. Molina hits a slow roller back to the pitcher for the second out. Damon hits a blooper over the head of the shortstop for his second hit of the night bringing up Morgan "Clutch" Ensberg. A nice play by Ayebar ends the inning. CAN WE GET SOME RUNS. Yankees 2. Rays 1 WE:69%

Sixth Inning- This is a big inning for Moose if he can get threw this inning with a good pitch count he can pitch the 7th too and then hand the 8th to Joba. Aki grounded into a soft grounder to the Moose one out. Crawford grounds out to Ensberg. Now lets hope Carlos does not bring the Pena. Michael Kay just called the Pena shift the "Martini glass defense " does he have to make everything gay? After that Flaherty shut him down saying "Not one person in baseball calls that defense that" Kay however disagreed. Cano makes a throwing error on an easy ground ball and Morgan, who is not a cat like Giambi, could not handle that throw. Runner on first B.J. Upton digs in and grounds out to A-Rod. Now can we please produce some runs. WE: 77.1%

Bottom Six. "Bobby Abreu is as sweet as candy" (sorry hits a triple off of the right-center wall past the glove of the fairy Hinske and is now a double away with a cycle. If we don't get this run in I might cry. A-Rod hits a bloop single over Aki's head to drive in the run and make the game a 3-1 contest. Godzilla hits an RBI double driving in A-Rod making this game 4-1 in the Yankees favor. Cano grounds out and moves the Matsui to third with one out. Betemit stuck out swinging. Melky is walked intensionally. Molina ends the inning with a ground out. Finally some runs. Yankees 4. Rays 1. WE: 91.6%

Seventh Inning: Big Boy Bruney comes into the game mullet and all. Is it just me or do all pitches have some sort of chain around thier neck...their leader? Jeff Weaver of course. Oh yea live blogging the leadoff hitter hits a long fly ball to right that is caught. Bruney releases his anger on Aybar plunking him in the arm with a 94mph fastball. That was the first base runner Bruney has allowed on all year. The Ruffian Johnny Gomes flies out to center now two outs. The inning is ended by a groundout to Betemit. WE: 95.7% (I like)


(Sorry about the grey text blogger is a little screwy)

Around the Leauge Scores:

Bottom Seven. Dohmann comes in for the Rays and Damon leads off the inning. UPDATE JETER HAS A STRAINED LEFT QUAD......SHIT. Damon flies out to Crawford. Ensberg gets his fisrt hit as a Yankee with a ground ball up the middle for a single. Bobby walks. Runners on first and second one out. A-Rod strikes out looking on a pitch he thought to be a ball. The replay shows that indeed it was a ball but it was close to the zone. Two down. Godzilla hits an RBI single by Aki driving in Ensberg. 5-1 Yankees. Crap, Farnsworth is warming up. RBI single for Robbie Cano don't ya know...God I need to stop.....6-1 Yankees. Runners on 1st and 3rd now 2 outs. To end the rally Betemit strikes out going 0-4 so far in the game. Their is only one man who can blow this lead and his name.......Kyle. WE: 98.8%

Eighth Inning: Fucking Farnsworth is and and starts off the inning by getting a quick fly out for one out. The Farns strikes out Aki two down. So far in game their have only been two baserunners. The Farns gets a weak ground ball back to him to end the inning. WE: 99.7%

Bottom 8th. Cabrera steps up to the plate against the new Rays pitcher Glover and he grounds out to Pena. Molina strikes out swinging to record the second out of the inning. Damon then grounds out to second and it seems LaTroy is going to come in and work the 9th. WE: 99.7

LaTroy is coming in bearing a 31.50 era and he will get to face the heart of the order of the Rays. Pena squares to bunt which befuddles me. Pena knocks a lead off single and the crowd assaults Hawkins with a cloud of boos. He has not had the best welcome here in New York. He was booed even before throwing a pitch just for wearing #21. Hawkins throws a wild pitch and Pena advances to second. Hawkins makes a jumping play to stop a ground ball and gets the out at first. One out man on second the Majestic Hinske at the plate who walks. Aybar grounds out and moves the runners over. Two outs second and third the Ruffian Jonny Gomes steps up to take a crack at LaTroy he strikes out swinging and LaTroy manages to get out of it.

Thats all for me folks. Time for some NCAA Mens Basketball. Word to your mother.....


Here is the new Joba addias commercial that is airing on Yes

Monday, March 3, 2008

Spring Recap #2

Todays game was in Kissimme, against the Astros. The Yankees won 7-6. Here are some notable performances:
Melky had a good day (2 for 3 with a double, walk and 2 runs) as did his buddy Robinson Cano (3 for 4 with 2 RBI and a run). Shelley Duncan continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 4 with a double. Morgan Ensberg also went 2 for 4 with a double. One player I was really happy with was Francisco Cervelli, who threw out two runners attempting to steal, and showed patience at the plate, going 1 for 1 with two walks.
Moose got roughed up a bit, but I wouldn't start worrying yet. Jeff Karstens pitched well, allowing no runs in three innings of work, giving up two hits and striking out two. Edwar Ramirez allowed an unearned run while striking out one in an inning of work. Steven Jackson pitched a perfect inning. Dan McCutchen pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking out a batter. Mark Melancon got the save, pitching a perfect ninth, while getting two groundball outs.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Waiting For Spring

There are just nine days until pitchers and catchers report, and the Yankees still have a lot of questions to be answered during Spring Training. They still have one bench spot to fill along with three bullpen slots. The bench will likely be filled by Morgan Ensberg, Kevin Mench (assuming we sign him), or Nick Green (remember him?), with Alberto Gonzalez and Brett Gardner also having outside chances. The bullpen is where it gets a little complicated. Presumably, Mariano, The Farns and LaTroy will occupy three slots, with either Moose or IPK as the long man. If Joba starts the year in the 'pen, that complicates things further, but we won't worry about that right now. So, the players competing for the three remaining bullpen slots are: Chris Britton, Jonathan Albaladejo, Brian Bruney, Sean Henn, Kei Igawa, Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf, Scott Patterson, Edwar Ramirez, Jose Veras, Steven White, Chase Wright, Dan Giese, Heath Phillips, Darell Rasner, Scott Strickland and Billy Traber. Some of those are more likely than others, and guys like Alan Horne, Jeff Marquez, Steven Jackson, JB Cox and Mark Melancon could help mid-season. My Pre-ST predictions (or maybe preferences) are Albaladejo, Britton and Patterson (or maybe Ohlendorf).

In other news, Derek Jeter and the state of New York came to an agreement over their tax dispute.