Friday, May 30, 2008

Mussina Bounces Back in Yankees Win

The Good

Mike Mussina recovered from a four run first inning which included an error by Shelley Duncan on a potential inning ending double play and a ball hit to A-Rod that probably should have been fielded for an out. Mussina pitched 5 scoreless innings after the first and got the win, his eighth. Abreu, A-Rod and Matsui combined for 9 of the Yankees' 16 hits. Melky, who has been slumping of late, also had 3 hits of his own.

The Bad

The error in the first was the seventh error behind Mussina this season, the most behind any Yankee pitcher. That has to stop. The offense made up for it as did Moose, but the defense needs to improve behind him.

The Ugly

Melky sliding into first in the eight to beat out a throw. That is simply unacceptable. We can't have our best fielding outfielder getting hurt on a play that doesn't even help him get to the base faster. You slide into other bases to avoid tags, that's not an issue at first. Also ugly was the pitch Farnsworth threw to Morneau in the eighth that ended up over the fence. It was way up and Morneau crushed it. Keep those pitches down Farnsy!

The Charity

The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's homerun club, which raises money for the Children's Health Fund. We are pledged to donate $1.00 for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. We will keep a running tally of the homeruns hit and the money donated throughout the season. The Yankees had 16 hits tonight and not one was a homerun. I blame Baseball's rampant random drug testing.

Melky Cabrera 6hr = $6.00
Alex Rodriguez 7hr = $7.00
Hideki Matsui 6 hr = $6.00
Bobby Abreu 7hr = $7.00
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Jason Giambi 11hr = $11.00
Johnny Damon 6hr = $6.00
Morgan Ensberg 1hr = $1.00
Robinson Cano 4hr = $4.00
Chad Moeller 1hr = $1.00
Wilson Betemit 1hr = $1.00
Derek Jeter 2hr = $2.00
Shelley Duncan 1hr = $1.00
Total = $54.00

If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page.


Unknown said...

that was pretty quick.

Anonymous said...

Moose is now the winningest pitcher in AL. It won't be a shock if he get his first CY Young this year.
In other news, the transformation of Krazy Kyle into a Homer Machine for opposing hitters has begun. If Joe G is as smart as we think he is, he should ban Kyle from throwing those silly hangers.
BTW,the thing I love about Melky is that he's always 100 percent into the game. Cane, on the other hand, appears sloppy from time to time.