There has been a lot of talk about whether or not Mike Mussina is done as a pitcher, and his most recent start certainly makes it less clear. After two rough starts against the Red Sox, Mussina bounced back with a 7 inning 2 run performance against the offense heavy White Sox. His start before the two games with the Red Sox was a 6 inning 1 run effort against Tampa. So the question remains, is Mussina done as a pitcher?
My take on it is that he's just getting older. He's going to have some rough starts and he's going to have some good starts. In fairness, his first start against the Red Sox, a 5.2 inning effort giving up 4 runs, was not awful, and his first start of the season, another 5.2 inning effort with 3 runs against Toronto wasn't either. His one awful start was his second game against the Red Sox where he lasted 3 innings and gave up 5 runs. Even then, his troubles with the Red Sox were really just troubles with Manny Ramirez. So is Mussina done? I'm not convinced that he is.
If you're counting on Mussina to be your number 2 starter (as he is in the depth chart) then yes, you're in for some dissapointment. However, if you're looking for Moose to be a 4th or 5th starter, give some quality starts, keep the Yankees in some games, and help coach the youngsters, then you will get exactly what you want. I still believe he can pitch in this league, just not like he used to.
I do have some concerns about Mussina. Namely, the fact that he has given up 7 homeruns this season. The two runs he gave up yesterday were off two solo homeruns, and the one run he gave up against Tampa was also off a solo homerun. When his curve is flat, it gets hit hard. I was initially concerned yesterday when the YES guns had him topping out at 80 mph on the fastball and was throwing his change and curve in the mid-60's range, but then they had Mariano topping out at 87 mph, so I think it was just the gun. Is Mussina done? I say give him a chance.